Today, building a resilient company is not an option but a requirement. It is important to create resilient digital architecture to match the ups anddowns of businesses, both internal and external. Today, the tech teams in companies strive to keep up with changing consumer demands. This is a difficult situation, but it leads to innovation and resilience.
After the pandemic instant feedback became very common. The customers are also well-informed about the technologies available and their potential. Hari Bhaskar is the machine learning/engineering lead at Google. He spoke at The Digital Architecture Conclave by NIIT’s StackRoute.
How to create a resilient and sustainable digital architecture within a business is the key question. Digital architecture is the framework that a business uses to transform itself and improve its growth.
Entrepreneur India's conclave brought together leading digital architects. Here are some of the ways they shared.
Change with the times
Every business is malleable. This could be a new landscape or emerging technology. Your digital architecture can't be redundant because change is constant. It is okay as long as the pauses are not significant and adaptive. You must understand the endgame. "That is resilience," Utkarsh, Chief Architect at Flipkart, said.
IDC's India Digital Transformation (DX), conducted in 2022 among 504 IT decision makers in India, found that for 2022 and 20, 23 about 3/4th of respondents plan to spend more for DX initiatives than they did in 2021. Another 20% of respondents plan to maintain their DX budgets at the same levels as in 2021.
"The pace of change and our ability to adapt is very important." It's a trend among smaller businesses. Enterprises are hesitant. "The underlying aspects to how enterprises can adapt will depend on how resilient and sustainable the architectural structure is, said Hemanth Kumra, general manager, automation delivery head at Wipro Limited.
Failure to pre-deduct
Each business and its processes changes. Data complexity is inevitable. Can architecture survive? Can architecture survive these? It's important to prevent it. "Tech should be able to survive the inevitable changes," said Nagaraj Kulkarni.
Experts agree that data-driven architectures are key. Data can be a major factor in building resilience. Data is here to stay. Every step of business involves interaction. Maximize this. Data flow will always be there. "Data-driven architecture is the key", said Kulkarni.
A report by IDC states that the compound annual growth rate in data will be around 50% per annum through 2020. Complex data can hinder business growth. How tech teams use this data to their advantage and navigate it will help create more value for businesses.
Play the game
The pandemic is far ahead of the tech adoption. Nobody could have predicted this kind of rapid tech adoption. Experts believe that those who do not keep improving will be left out.
It's time to step up your game. The technology can drive business growth. This is what will happen to businesses if we adopt this technology. This is something architects should be doing. Does this technology have any meaning? Utkarsh said, "We should combine R&D and labs with meaningful solutions that embrace technology."
Automate everything you can
Automation is the future for all companies. India may have the labor force, but removing people from boring jobs will be crucial. Business results will be better if you can automate as much as possible. We need automated systems to help us adapt. Hemanth Kuma, Wipro Limited's general manager and head of automation, said: "Try to automate everything you can in order to achieve the best possible results as quickly as possible."
Cloud crashes are not unusual. You must assume that systems may fail, and take architectural decisions to ensure that your business doesn't fail. It's resilience. We should strive to turn a non-functional need (NFR) in to a business. Walmart earns 1-2 billion dollars a day. Your system will lose that much money if it is down for one day. "Personalization is an excellent example of adaptive architecture. This is especially true in the digital age." Nitin Kaulavkar is a mentor and consultant who was formerly with Walmart. Non-functional requirements are characteristics of a system that do not relate to a particular functionality or behaviour.