everis indicates Agile Methodology for companies to become competitive in the digital economy
Friday, 01 December, 2017

everis announces the results of "everis Agile: A Study of Agile Practices in Latin America, 2017," prepared by the International Data Corporation (IDC), the world's leading market intelligence, consulting and conference services company for IT, telecommunications and consumer technology. The study shows key findings such as market reduction time as a factor to encourage companies in the region to adopt Agile methodology to proceed with digital transformation and increase its competitiveness.

The study shows key findings such as market reduction time as a factor to encourage companies in the region to adopt Agile methodology to proceed with digital transformation and increase its competitiveness. “Now is the perfect moment to talk about Agile,” says Nelson Wilson Garcinuño, Director of the ITS&S business unit at everis Americas. “The adoption of Agile methodology is imperative for organizations that want to compete in the digital economy. Furthermore, the organizations will have the competitive edge, since the agile model enables faster deliveries and better quality, improves team productivity, significantly reduces the project’s risks concerning real value and increases customer satisfaction,” Garcinuño reinforces.

The interviews were conducted with 43 CIO / CISO leaders from private organizations and government institutions in the countries of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, which have a high economic impact in the market (revenues of 118 billion dollars). Key findings: digital transformation and time to market reduction

The panorama of agile methodologies adoption in Latin American companies - brought by the study - points to factors such as the reduction of time to market (72%), digital transformation (49%) and increase productivity (42%) as determinants for companies adopting these methodologies in their IT projects. However, this practice is still at an early stage in the region.

According to the study, digital transformation has been the company’s focus, where 98% of respondents said they have specific initiatives, while new technologies such as Internet of Things, robotics and artificial or cognitive intelligence are being explored. Respondents (67%) also said they are already digital players with short-term strategies to improve the customer experience and deliver digital products.

Even so, only 31% of the respondents reported that they develop these projects through Agile methodologies. This trend may refer to a change resistance within the organization as well as to a knowledge gap in new technologies and tools. Although this trend is modified, 67% of CIOs interviewed have priority to improve digital skills.

Among the interviewees who have adopted or intend to adopt Agile methodologies in the management of their projects, most recognize that the improvement identifies the following directly linked to the value of agile practices:

1. Time to market reduction (81%)

2. Higher productivity (77%)

3. Improving consumer experience (74%)

In addition, 49% of current users of Agile methodologies consider that costs can be reduced by up to 45%.

Why adopt Agile methodology?

To implement the innovation, the respondents of this study answered the main reasons for adopting Agile methodology:

. Time to market reduction                           72%

. Digital Transformation programs                 49%

. Boost productivity                                      42%

. Improve quality                                           40%

. Change adaptations                                    33%

. Reduce project costs                                  28%

. Improve risk management / ROI                  16%

. Other                                                            7%

. Confidential                                                   2%

To meet the market needs of its customers in digital transformation projects, everis has created the Agile Center of Excellence (CoE Agile) for Latin America, whose main focus is to serve companies in telecommunications, banking, manufacturing, energy, health and government. “As well as providers of agile practices, everis faces the challenge of  educating these practices on their potential in Latin American organizations towards digital transformation and greater competitiveness in the digital economy,” said Victor León Marambio, Director of CoE Agile everis Americas.