August 6, 2012–Punching the old fashioned time clock may be a thing of the past, but many IT developers continue to find themselves being forced to account for their time spent and therefore, wasting valuable time in the process. Techtarget.com recently published an interesting article, “Cloud analytics offer insights into work” that suggests effective methods for using cloud analytics to track the work being done by developers in the tech industry. This method not only takes the responsibility for time tracking off the shoulders of developers, freeing them to focus on work, but also enables project managers to present clients with more accurate timeframes.
According to the article:
“Mark Friedgan [the former CIO of financial services firm eNova] liked the idea of managing his developers and engineers with real data….Friedgan used historical work velocity to estimate project completion dates rather than guessing on deadlines and found the system to be incredibly accurate. More than that, he felt well-armed with facts when he went into meetings with non-IT business people who were less-inclined to care about developer burnout. “That was the first time I saw the ability of a technical team to push back on unrealistic deadlines with data rather than politics,” he said. The use of cloud analytics to analyze employees eventually grew to all areas of eNova.”’
This is an effective, practical, and human focused use of cloud analytics that benefits everyone involved with the firm: administrators, developers, and clients. We applaud Friedgan and his team at eNova for providing such an excellent example to the tech community. For additional solutions in employee management via cloud analytics check out these up and coming system providers: Digital Reasoning, Wellnet, and Sum Total Systems.
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