Accelerating business agility: How cloud development drives speed and success
by Owen Schott
“You can’t teach speed.” Al Davis, former owner of the Oakland Raiders.
Yet speed is a critical factor to how businesses thrive, let alone survive. As customer demands increase in scale and market conditions existing in a near-constant state of evolution, speed is often the single-most important ingredient to your business’ operations.
Cloud development can help businesses realize these essential speed gains by providing a faster and more agile development process.
Recently, Horizontal formed a tiger team to build an immersive commerce experience using Sitecore’s composable stack that would be showcased at several Symposium DX events. The challenge, however, was that we had only six weeks to complete — from inception to deployment.
My first thought was “Whew! This is going to be a tight timeline!” But I was also somewhat at ease because we would be leveraging all cloud-based components. Here’s why:
- Cloud providers offer a wide range of pre-built services that can be used to quickly and easily build applications. This eliminates the need for businesses to invest in and maintain their own infrastructure — saving both time and money.
- Cloud providers offer a pay-as-you-go pricing model, helping businesses to control their costs and avoid overspending.
- Cloud providers offer a high level of scalability, which means that businesses can easily scale their applications up or down as needed. This can help businesses to meet changing demand without having to make major investments in infrastructure.
As a result of these factors, cloud development can help businesses to substantially speed up their development process — ultimately providing a competitive advantage by allowing them to bring new products and services to market faster.
In addition to speed, cloud development also offers a number of other benefits for businesses, including:
- Increased agility: Cloud development allows businesses to quickly and easily adapt to changing market conditions and customer demands.
- Reduced costs: Cloud providers offer a pay-as-you-go pricing model, which can help businesses to control their costs and avoid overspending.
- Improved security: Cloud providers offer a high level of security, which can help businesses to protect their data from unauthorized access.
- Increased scalability: Cloud providers offer a high level of scalability, which means that businesses can easily scale their applications up or down as needed.
Overall, cloud development is a valuable tool that can help businesses to speed up their development process and improve their bottom line. If you're looking for a way to improve the speed and agility of your business, cloud development is a great option to consider.
Here are some additional tips for speeding up your cloud development process:
- Use pre-built services and tools whenever possible.
- Automate as much of your development process as possible.
- Break down your projects into smaller, more manageable tasks.
- Use a cloud-based development environment.
- Collaborate with your team members effectively.
- Test your code regularly.
- Monitor your applications for performance and security issues.
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