Workplace technology always has its eye on hyper-efficiency, the end of disgruntled employees, and the improvement of engagement.
While these are admirable conquests, often businesses fall short of the proverbial holy grail that leads to mastering employee expectations.
However, this quest does lead to impressive technologies that inspire changes to better workplaces.
UNLEASH caught up with Glyn Blaize, chief operations officer at software developer and digital transformation specialist Amdaris, to discuss the changes he has seen with Amdaris, talent, projects, and the ever-evolving world of technology in the workplace.
Changes within Amdaris
Blaize changed roles during the pandemic, after leading his own successful ventures. He worked with Amdaris previously, who had helped his technological ventures, and a change in scope within the company made it an appealing move.
Blaize explains that “Amdaris’ ambitions have changed quite considerably. And they said, ‘Well, would you would you consider doing something with us?’ So I spoke to them as beta investors, and sometimes the role and the timing align is really well.”
Expanding on the changes seen in the last few years, Blaize says: “In 2019 they just decided that they were going to go for it, and there was just this shift in the organization.
“There was a shift in sort of the expectations and things in terms of growth. All of a sudden Amdaris had these really big ambitions have gone out and got investment has been working on developing a senior management team that was going to take them further.”
During these evolutions within the company over the past three years, there have also obviously been external factors to manage.
Evolving digital transformation
Digital transformation projects have been accelerated across the world because of the pandemic, and alongside this the management of talent has shifted.
Blaize says: “All of a sudden, everyone has been forced to be remote, which has just taken away all of these boundaries of the [talent] pool, and therefore anyone can have anyone, anywhere.”
When it comes to wage offerings, Blaize adds that the talent pool and expectations have “inextricably changed.”
“It feels like the globe is contracted, and it’s a small world.” This new smaller world isn’t big enough for everyone, and this has led to a struggle to get talent across the world.
One solution for companies has to increase wages. However, there is more to hiring and retaining talent than just wages: “You need to pay someone their worth, but people are looking for different things.”
Blaize notes that younger people are looking at how a company “is actually making a difference in the world, and they want to work for companies which have a raison d’etre of which is not about being the biggest global corporate. They want to see sort of this altruistic work for companies.”
Therefore, companies should be looking to improve the areas that they operate in and get involved with local initiatives, according to Blaize.
He recalls that: “Our staff, in Moldava, had their own project where they decided to take Christmas presents to an orphanage, and everyone had to put money in and the amount of money – I think they raised €3,000 to get presents for the kids for this orphanage.”
“For me, it was just like, wow, you know, that’s, that’s our people doing that off their own back.
Blaize adds that it isn’t about shamelessly shouting about Amdaris’ great work, but cultivating a work culture that people enjoy and want to be part of something positive.
Undertaking projects in the pandemic
Of course, Amdaris has also seen shifts in its digital transformation projects over the pandemic.
Blaize explains: “Whatever industry a client is in, data is just becoming more and more of a key.
“For us, what’s been quite interesting as we have evolved and grown is that because of the experience that we’re getting clients that are sort of looking at us as consultants, as well as the services we provide.”
“One of the things that our CEOs [Andy Rogers and Vlad Nanu] were saying is that we need to have a mindset that we are here to help our clients and make our clients look good.
“And he said: ‘Sometimes when you’re thinking about development lines of code, chasing invoices, we forget that thing is that it’s not about people necessarily paying us it’s about what can we what added value can we give in order to make clients look good,” adds Blaize.
As a result, the user experience team is rapidly growing within Amdaris as it looks to the future.
Amdaris and adaptation in 2022
Looking ahead, Blaize considers how Amdaris can adapt some of its greatest assets: “Our CEOs, have drummed into us that ideation is at the core of what we do.
“Therefore, there’s no problem that can’t be solved. But in solving those problems, it’s a multitude of heads, that brings the answer.
“A lot of our clients have benefited from this, and it’s enabled us to grow in leaps and bounds.
“Hopefully, we can work out how to do that purely remotely, but there is something when people are in proximity, that spark of human nature that does something.”
Undoubtedly, it will be exciting to see how Amdaris continues to grow and solve the issues its clients are facing.
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