It wasn’t long ago that CIOs weren’t involved in product development until the produce was nearing completion. IT teams would get involved once the majority of the development steps were completed, connecting the product to the required internal and external systems to support sales and fulfillment goals while providing insight based on their technical expertise.
As products become more integrated with enterprise systems more quickly during the product development process, CIOs have to get involved earlier than ever before. This does not only ensure the project's ultimate success but to be a resource as development efforts proceed. To provide a higher level understanding of how upcoming trends are impacting the CIO role, here is an overview of what to expect.
Increased Use of Software
Software has become a key component in more products over recent years, providing key controls and defining operations. Any product that uses software at its core requires CIOs to determine the proper allocation of human capital to support development efforts early in the process and can increase the demand for new talent capable of furthering the goals of the project. As Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and DevOps tools become critical for more product development efforts, the involvement of technical professionals will continue to grow.
When a product with software-oriented operations starts the development process, CIOs will also be tasked with providing input during planning stages as well. Evaluating potential features, technological capabilities, and potential future developments will fall clearly in the hand if IT departments, as well as helping to establish project timelines based on the requirements created for the project.
Elevated Back Office Connectivity
As products become more connected, back office operations will experience increased workloads based on the need for enterprise integration. The user experience is often improved during these implementations, but require greater involvement from IT professionals working for the organization to support value-adding functions like real-time reporting, configuration monitoring, remote adjustment capabilities, and automatic updates.
Since tech employees will be expected to support the product during and after development, it is critical that CIOs become involved in processes for creating and identifying requirements. Additionally, they will need to work closely with their staff to ensure all internal systems are properly prepared and the support personnel are apprised regarding their duties.
CIOs need to be aware of current and upcoming As-a-Service offerings as a method for supporting internal operations. As IT staff members become more involved in product development, As-a-Service solutions can reduce the strain on internal employees, allowing them to focus on core goals instead of tasks that may otherwise seem tedious or low priority. This ensures other operations continue as needed without hindering product development efforts designed to further larger business objectives.
These growing trends have CIOs entering the product development arena earlier than ever before, but having the right employees in place can help alleviate the strain associated with these changes, allowing your business to proceed with ease. If you are looking for skilled tech professionals to help keep your department on track, The Armada Group can alleviate the stress associated with finding the right candidates. Contact us today to see how our services can support your company’s product development goals.