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Launch of “Virtual-Teams as a Service” (Virtual-T)
There are many reasons driving the use of home-office or remote team set-ups in general. Be it the pandemic, the lack of skilled workers or simply the way young digital natives are expecting their work environment to be. Whatever the main driving force, we are certain those new way of work models will include work-from-home and are here to stay.
As already mentioned here: Building on the extensive experiences with offshore/nearshore SW / DevOps projects and other initiatives involving distributed teams, we identified building blocks for success, formed a network of experts and tools and defined a new service.
Thus, we are excited to have launched our new offering “Virtual-Teams as a Service “ (Virtual-T):
German Economy: Shortage of Skilled Workers Hinders Growth of Innovative Start-ups
Remote Teams is one Possible Solution
Numerous initiatives demonstrate the importance of innovative start-ups for the economy. Besides a good business idea and a solid financing, the growing lack of highly qualified professionals is getting the limiting factor for growth.
The German business news WirtschaftsWoche (bit.ly) writes that nearly 27 percent of young tech start-ups claim the recruiting of skilled professionals to be the biggest challenge – 10 percent more than a year ago.
The lack of skilled professionals (“Fachkräftemangel” in German) is nothing new. Still, from the pliXos perspective start-ups have a benefit due to their typically flexible and modern structures. This benefit, those start-ups should take advantage of, is the use of Remote Work / Virtual Teams by use of fitting online tools and processes for communication and collaboration. The WirtschaftsWoche article writes start-ups do more and more offer jobs as fully remote and this is manifold increasing the number of suitable applicants. But a challenge remains in integration the remote colleagues into the team.
A successful integration of remote colleagues into the team needs to include a high productivity of the team as a whole. This requires the respective high level of motivation and commitment of all, but also the use of fitting processes and tools. Exactly the area addressed by the new pliXos offering “Virtual-T”.
Building on the extensive experiences with offshore/nearshore SW / DevOps projects and other initiatives involving distributed teams, we identified building blocks for success, formed a network of experts and tools and defined a new service.
This offering also supports the requirements experienced by the increasing demand for Home Office / (New Work) in general.
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Study “Global IT-Outsourcing - A Study on the Effects of the Pandemic” of University of Bamberg Live
As announced by the pliXos article “Virtualized Working enforced by Covid-19: Implications for Outsourcing Management”, the study has started.
Venture Capital in Europe
– Investments in Software biggest and further on the rise
The recently published European Venture Report by Pitchbook
(https://pitchbook.com/) is an interesting read. Being in the tech sector myself, I think we are lucky to benefit from similar effects as seen by the Pitchbook authors: “The pandemic hit various sectors quite hard, but tech-based businesses traditionally linked to venture capital have demonstrated promising growth.” In a later evaluation of the deals, the pitchbook analysts write “As industries have shifted online, established tech-based companies have been able to ride a wave of growth during the past 18 months.
With people spending greater amounts of time online—rather than commuting, entering offices, or visiting physical stores—tech companies have had more users, which has translated to increased monetisation potential.” This is all good news to us
Further good news, although for sure no surprise to anyone in this market, is the graphs showing the venture capital deal value or deal count by sector:Further good news, although for sure no surprise to anyone in this market, is the graphs showing the venture capital deal value or deal count by sector:
Software is the key sector and even on the rise. Thus, there is an ever-increasing need to good software developers. But even more important is for companies to have teams of those SW engineers working closely together in a DevOps mode and with a high productivity.
This, combined with a remote team set-up, is the heritage of pliXos. And it will be one of our key focus areas for the coming years. Our take, as published some time ago (www.plixos.com/plixos-blog): Software is - and will remain - eating the world – win with global delivery teams.
This fits very well to the statements by the Pitchbook analysts “As daily routines and working have evolved during the pandemic, we believe modern, efficient, and integrated workplace software solutions will be a core growth area over the next decade as we grow accustomed to living with COVID-19.”
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Virtualized Working enforced by Covid-19: Implications for Outsourcing Management
The current pandemic increases requirements for remote work and home office. It seems commonly accepted that remote work from home will remain a popular option in a post-Covid-19 future. Combining this change within the company (intra-organizational) with typical outsourcing scenarios, involving a client and a service provider (inter-organizational), we expect lasting implications.