Businesses must continue to adopt Agile to stay nimble and here is how

Shalini A. Nair

By Shalini A. Nair, Vice President, Corporate Transformation Initiatives, Quality, Infosys

Shalini is driving the Being Agile transformation at Infosys. She leads transformation initiatives for new ways of working that include Agile, DevOps, Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), and the shift to customer-centric, product- and platform-centric operating models. She has more than 25 years of experience in IT service delivery, enterprise program and risk management, and organizational change management.

As enterprises strive to stay ahead in their digital journeys, with the constant threat of disruptions from digital natives, increasing consumer expectations and the rapid advancement of technology, their ability to adapt quickly is heavily dependent on their ways of working. Successful organizations have navigated their journeys on a solid Agile-DevOps foundation.

Agile is a revolutionary approach to speed up software development and has stood the test of time. In a rapidly evolving technology landscape, a long wait time for software release is a surefire way to lose clients and business. 

Agile in conjunction with DevOps has become immensely relevant for large, medium, and small enterprises to be nimble as they traverse their digital transformation journeys.

Many organizations that have successfully adopted Agile-DevOps at scale have seen a significant improvement in their engineering outcomes. For instance, in 2016, a leading global bank that used DevOps to rework its IT operations noticed an uptick in its software release cycle by 40% and a 70% reduction in testing efforts. 

A product-led and platform-driven approach to work is gaining prominence with Agile and DevOps serving as foundations. This brings in a comprehensive approach to elevating the enterprise focus from engineering outcomes to business value.

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