May 19, 2020

[Video] How DevOps helps you deliver faster business value

Forrester Research
DevOps
Kurt Bittner
agile
Tomas H. Lucero
2 min
[Video] How DevOps helps you deliver faster business value

As a senior manager, do you feel that your firm is not interacting with your customers quickly enough?

If you need faster delivery times, and you don’t have Dev Ops— a software development approach that emphasizes communication, collaboration, integration, automation and measurement of cooperation between software developers and other information technology professionals—perhaps it’s time to revisit the issue.

In this video, Kurt Bittner, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, argues that DevOps gives you the tools and techniques for reorganizing and refocusing your efforts to deliver those faster cycle times and deliver faster business value.

DevOps also reduces a lot of the problems that organizations have with having things working in one environment and not working in others.

Bittner also argues that DevOps is a complement to, and improvement on, Agile—software for “product lifecycle management.”

“When we see what organizatiosn were trying to do with Agile, they wanted to be faster or more responsive to customer needs and so Agile is a part of that. In a sense, DevOps is Agile 3.0,” asserts Bittner.

“Agile provides you with a means of breaking work down into smaller chunks and delivering in increments. What DevOps does is really take that across the finish line and enables you to actually deliver that value to customers predictably, reliably and at a higher quality. So if you need faster business value, you probably need DevOps,” concludes Bittner.   

Lastly, DevOps is not an approach that your organization needs to be married to forever, or all of the time. You can shelf it when you decided that, at least for the time being, you’ve got all the benefits that you want out of it.

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Jun 18, 2021

Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking

APTIM
Intelliwave
3 min
Intelliwave Technologies outlines how it provides data and visibility benefits for APTIM

“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.

We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time  spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.

Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate. 

With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.

There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.

Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture. 

It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.

Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.

On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.

As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.

A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.

 

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