Cloud technology in all its varieties (as a platform that is offered by a range of providers) is one of the most important drivers of business digital transformation, thanks to the substantial advantages it brings in terms of improvements and efficiency in the areas of time to market, cost reduction, and the flexibility it offers companies' ongoing evolution.

Firms are now consuming cloud technology at a speed that is difficult to quantify and its usage is becoming increasingly widespread at end-user level through cloud-based low-code development platforms.

What's more, as Microsoft predicted during its Summit 2019, forecasts of growth are higher than those seen in the last few years:

  • 500 million new applications will be developed over the next 5 years.
  • The demand for mobile applications is growing 5 times faster than IT departments can supply them.
  • In 2024, the low-code development market will exceed US$ 52 billion.
  • By 2024, 65% of application development will be based on low-code platforms.

In addition to these figures, we have to take into account the current situation, in which many companies have been forced to move their processes to the cloud so that they can maintain or redesign their business models around the "home office" concept.

Within this rapidly moving scenario, to measure the success of a cloud tool, we would need to look at two parameters:

  • Time to market: It is important that a cloud-based solution has a suitable lifecycle or is aligned with a company's business goal. As an example, in the situation created by Covid-19, a solution based on this technology must be capable of being implemented within weeks, and should take advantage of the full range of this technology's capabilities and alternatives (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS).
  • Value: In addition to a solution offering rapid and low-cost implementation, it must offer one thing above all: end-user value.

At everis, we not only offer products and services that are based on the cloud, but firmly believe that it is one of the main components when developing our own solutions, as well as one that allows us to offer our high-quality skills to customers and employees. 

In particular, our workstation-management and paid-leave management solutions are based on Power Platform (Microsoft's low-code cloud platform).

This solution enables a company's employees to reserve workstations and thus also enable HR and Facilities departments to manage space efficiently.

This means employees can only book suitable workstations that adhere to established hygiene and social distancing measures.

This minimizes the impact of contagion and, should it occur, ensures traceability and knowledge about the surrounding area and any individuals who were close to the point of contagion.

If we focus on the two criteria that we use to measure success in implementing these solutions, on the one hand we maximize our use of all the features and functionality of Microsoft Azure (Power Platform) in designing and implementing our Covid-19 solutions. And on the other hand, we ensure that users can feel secure at all times that they can control their work location and hours - which are crucial during the current process of coming out of lockdown.

It allows employees to manage their return to the office, with the peace of mind of knowing that a workstation has been reserved for them. It also enables them to comply with current recommended hygiene and social distancing measures to avoid Covid-19.

Furthermore, it enables companies to know in advance who will be going into their offices, and track daily which areas and workstations need to be disinfected.

This translates into cost savings and a clear overview of space occupation with a view to being able to organize all the procedures related to ensuring hygiene in the physical workplace.

As for implementing this type of application, given an adequate level of knowledge, they do not entail an excessively high level of difficulty.

Microsoft PowerApps allows organizations and individuals to create applications that automate manual and repetitive processes. This tool builds on the "citizen developer" concept, which offers staff self-service options and enables applications to be created without a high level of coding expertise.

 Along with others, these solutions form part of the range of tactical tools we offer companies to help them cover the core areas they need to consider during this process of getting back to normal. You can find out more in the following document and in our upcoming webinar that will take place next Friday June 5th. Save your spot and register here!