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For now, the COVID-19 pandemic is uncertain, and most of the IT & software development company leaders are unaware of its long-term impact on business continuity. As the new normal isn’t available for us anymore, leaders should also prepare for what is coming next and how to deal with it.

It is evident that companies with a focus on digital businesses, such as automation software and cloud-based service delivery, will perform better than those with a focus on legacy operations. Many industry leaders cited, the new normal could be a blend of complexity, uncertainty, and new opportunities. To adapt and thrive, organizations must embrace digital business models like remote working teams to become agile and resilient.

Beyond the biggest companies, the impact of coronavirus is still more of a struggle for startups and SMEs. If you are still struggling to equip changes, Amzur Technologies can help you with the changes needed in operations, people, and technology adoption, at speed and scale with just an hour of free consultation with our industry experts. 

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Let’s have a look at how coronavirus is affecting software development company’s in-office work and how remote working teams can help businesses meet deadlines and preserve client satisfaction.

According to the blind survey, 53.8% of employees at the big U.S. tech firms are concerned about job security, and 62% think their total income will be negatively affected by this outbreak.
According to the blind survey, 53.8% of employees at the big U.S. tech firms are concerned about job security, and 62% think their total income will be negatively affected by this outbreak.

CFOs views on coronavirus impact

  1. As they reinvent their businesses, nearly one-third of CFOs (32%) look to tech-driven products and services 
  2. 59% of CFOs worry about a rise in COVID-19 infections affecting returns to work.
  3. No longer viewed as a productivity drain, 54% of CFOs plan to make remote work a permanent option.

source: PwC

According to the blind survey, 53.8% of employees at the big U.S. tech firms are concerned about job security, and 62% think their total income will be negatively affected by this outbreak.

Rise of remote working teams during coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Despite the unlock process, most of the employees are still reluctant to return to the office. In addition to it, most of the tech giants are extending their work from home and revamping remote working policies in the wake of growing Covid-19 cases.

LinkedIn Corp. employees have another eight months to work from home — and even after that, many can continue doing so long-term, the company announced. 

As new COVID-19 cases continue rising, a survey of US employees finds that only 28 percent expect returning to the workplace by the end of 2020.
As new COVID-19 cases continue rising, a survey of US employees finds that only 28 percent expect returning to the workplace by the end of 2020.

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The above scenarios are asserting that there is still scope for remote development teams across the globe.

How to get the best results from remote working development teams?

Top 6 ways to know

Regardless of the size and services, remote software development teams have become a lifeblood for software development companies to compete with the peers. Moreover, it is poised to be one of the best solutions to drive more productivity and stay safe in the current scenario. 

Let’s have a look at the top 6 ways to get the best outputs from remote working teams.  

1. Dedicated tasks and goals:

Assign dedicated tasks for teams to avoid cluttered processes. Track them to learn the status regularly. Make sure your goals are well-defined with a clear work methodology. You have to prioritize deliverables to avoid delays in project development. 

2. Accountability and reporting:

Make sure every member of a remote development team or virtual team is responsible and accountable. They should work according to the company’s vision and meet deadlines to build trust among clients. Timely reporting is another way to track the performance of employees. Ask employees to submit their reports to avoid ambiguities in project development. 

3. Communication:

Communication is the key in software development company’s growth. Establish a transparent communication channel from top-level executives to developers working remotely. If your employees are from the same geographic locations, make sure all are working on the same page.

And, if your team is distributed, make sure to communicate at reasonable times. Therefore, there won’t be any disruptions in the process. 

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4. Modern project management tools:

As technology is ramping up year-on-year, there are many technology-driven project management tools available on the market. Use the best project management tool to streamline operations and avoid micromanagement.

Instead of relying on rule-based methods, you can adopt modern technology tools to track the project status and have control in real-time.

RedMine, JIRA, ServiceNow, ProofHub, HIVE, Zoho Projects, and Scoro are a few to name for effective project management. 

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5. Build trust:

Just because people are not in the office doesn’t mean they are not working. Build a trust factor that amicably improves the outcome from extended teams. You can count on the quality of the product and deliverables instead of the number of hours spent on the task. 

Humanize and personalize your approach in dealing with employees and knowing their concerns. This further helps the business in employee retention.  

6. Setting up meetings:

Above all, this is one of the most important factors that drive great results from remote teams. It’s good to have personal interactions and meetings once in a while for better understanding and communication. You can plan a meeting on an ad hoc basis to get more details and stay connected with the team.   

Top 4 ways technology can empower your remote working teams

  1. Technology can empower your remote development teams with team-based chat apps such as Slack, Google Chat, Microsoft Teams, and Cisco Spark, allowing employees to stay in constant communication via persistent messaging. 
  2. Video conferencing is another way to foster communication among remote employees and business owners. Having video conferences often can considerably reduce costs and commute times. 
  3. Data and device security are paramount while your team is working remotely. You can enable VPNs and firewalls to protect data against intruders and misusage.
  4. Embrace document-sharing features to stay up to date with what’s going on within your remote team. Google’s G Suite and Office 365 are two compelling options enabling secure document sharing.  

With the ongoing disruptions in business operations, business owners are thinking ahead and outsourcing product development to trusted technology partners to free up their time, save cost, and drive efficiency. 

As a business owner, you might be thinking how offshore development can ensure better productivity and efficiency. Here is a blog for you to understand the importance of offshore product engineering teams to save cost and ensure growth in the current tough times.  

What tech leaders say about coronavirus impact on business growth

  1. CEOs and boards are thinking less about 2020 earnings, but working to position companies for the coming years, said Tim Ryan, U.S. chair and senior partner, PwC U.S.
  2. Analyst firms are projecting a dip in the 2020 tech market, with growth slowing to 2% in 2020, according to Forrester. 
  3. Technology executives are tasked with maintaining business operations as seamlessly as possible. The pandemic is a “pressure test for the fitness of an IT organization,” Jarod Greene, general manager of the TBM Council, told CIO Dive in a statement.
  4. Embrace document-sharing features to stay up to date with what’s going on within your remote team. Google’s G Suite and Office 365 are two compelling options enabling secure document sharing.  
International Data Corporation also predicted clipped IT spending, projecting growth at 1% year-over-year in 2020, down from pre-pandemic projections of 4% growth.
International Data Corporation also predicted clipped IT spending, projecting growth at 1% year-over-year in 2020, down from pre-pandemic projections of 4% growth.

Source : CIOdive

Conclusion

It’s always better to plan upfront to deal with unforeseen disruptions in the development process. Remote working teams ensure your process is not disrupted and deadlines are met with improved quality. 

Amzur has expertise in offering the best remote working teams over the past 15 years and has helped many small and mid-size businesses to grow beyond project development challenges. 

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