Xebia Articles

Container Platform for the Enterprise - why we should talk about knowledge before we start building clusters

Posted by Armin Coralic on Nov 19, 2020 12:21:32 PM

Many companies are currently considering or already implementing (Cloud) platform technology. The major vendors in the current market make it easy to launch a Cloud platform. But to be honest, opening the AWS/Azure/Google online portal and enabling Kubernetes doesn’t mean you have a container platform. This is just the tip of the iceberg, a very small portion of the actual work. And it will also show you only a small share of all the benefits you can earn from working with a container platform.    

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Software Development, Cloud Transformation

Leadership challenges in times of remote-working, part 2

Posted by Ellis de Haan on Nov 10, 2020 11:14:01 AM

Read part 2 of the blog series by Ellis and Chris, in which they share thoughts about the perception of leadership, especially in times of remote-working.

Ellis is Business Unit Manager of Xebia IT Architects (XITA), one of the business units of Xebia focusing on DevOps transformations. Chris is principal consultant in this unit and expert in behavioral management and executive coaching. There is a great opportunity in leading an expert in executive coaching, and reflection on how to lead, and be led. 

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Transformations, Hiring

People as the beating heart of change

Posted by Riët Broekhuizen on Oct 29, 2020 10:14:23 AM

This summer, I read a Harvard Business Review article* stating that, according to research, 50 to 60% of organizations expect to have to reinvent themselves to a greater or lesser extent every three years due to increasing global interconnectedness and dynamic circumstances. In the same article, reference is made to a recent study by BCG, revealing that 75% of changes do not deliver the desired result. One proposed way to boost this percentage is to "place the human at the heart of the change."

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Indian Banks - Discovering New Digital Dimensions

Posted by Mohan Kumar & Anupam Banerjee on Oct 23, 2020 6:21:49 AM

We are witnessing a radical transformation in banking industry in India. Some of the key questions which industry is seeking answer to are – How can banks already equipped with digital technology provide an improved customer experience? How Indian Banks are moving towards Digital Revolution?

Read this blog to understand the evolving technology landscape of Indian banks Authors of this article are Mohan Kumar and Anupam Banerjee

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Topics: User Experience, Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy, Software Quality Assurance

How resilient are we in times of crisis?

Posted by Vivian Andringa on Oct 9, 2020 10:41:31 AM

Online traffic jams, overloaded IT systems, back-to-back calls, and perhaps juggling deadlines and homeschooling. The last few months have offered insight into how we work and the choices we make. It has also made us wonder: How resilient are we? One of Xebia's Business Units, Software Development, shares its findings.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

The Future of Organizing

Posted by Rik de Groot & Marianne Pot on Oct 1, 2020 11:16:17 AM

Experimenting by using business simulations

Shifting to a new type of organization requires more than just a change of the operating model. It also involves a change in beliefs and thinking. Com
bined, they represent paradigm shifts that change the rules of the game. Business simulations are the best way to experience these shifts by experimenting with them.
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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Leadership challenges in times of remote-working, part 1

Posted by Ellis de Haan on Sep 29, 2020 5:03:54 PM

In their blog series, Ellis and Chris will talk about their experience of leadership. Ellis is Business Unit Manager of Xebia IT Architects (XITA), one of the business units of Xebia focusing on DevOps transformations. Chris is principal consultant in this unit and expert in behavioral management and executive coaching. There is a great opportunity in leading an expert in executive coaching, and reflection on how to lead, and be led. 

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Topics: DevOps & Continuous Delivery, Agile Transformations, Hiring

Digital Transformation at Shoeby: Store of The Future

Posted by Daria Nozhkina on Sep 1, 2020 10:25:17 AM

When your digitization journey truly supports your organization's core value.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Leadership and its purpose

Posted by Rik de Groot on Aug 18, 2020 9:37:08 AM

The world is changing due to extreme events like a pandemic. The purpose of leadership therefore needs to change accordingly. The natural response to a crisis is often the opposite of leadership. With fear as a counselor, we can see a reversion to traditional control and processes. The underlying cause of this is the need for safety and security. Precisely during extreme events leaders can make the difference. In these events the market and employees need different forms of stimulation and support.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy

Measuring the effect of COVID-19 on the ability to work from home

Posted by Pieter Rijken on Jul 20, 2020 2:55:51 PM



At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic many countries went into a lock-down forcing employees to work from home. Although the measures taken are being relaxed more people are working from home than ever before. As a manager you want to know whether your employees are as productive working at home as they are at the office. A lot of research [1,2,3] focuses on efficiency. If you are running a service business you should focus on the flow of the work instead. Three strategies are presented that minimise the effects of working remotely.

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Topics: Agile Transformations, Digital Strategy, Product Management