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Insights May 14, 2020


Perhaps it’s needless to say that this a time of huge disruption and uncertainty, with many organisations – and ultimately people- grappling with the speed, breadth and depth of impact with which COVID-19 has struck. As a testament to this, it’s a distinct possibility that you are reading this at home, sharing the kitchen table, bandwidth, childcare and teaching duties!

Our first thought and focus at NashTech has been to support our own teams and existing clients, enabling them to take stock, adjust and pivot based on their own individual circumstances. Then position for the future (whatever this will be).

As (perhaps coldly) laid out in The Economist, Covid-19 is likely to force the majority of businesses to change. For some of our clients, this is hunkering down and consolidating. For a large number of others, this is accelerating transformation and software development programmes and/or pivoting to strengthen their digital and competitive advantageThose who are adept are already releasing new products and features

For our own 2000 strong technical delivery teams based in Vietnam – like many others – this has meant switching to home working whilst focussing on maintaining performance, velocity, quality and collaboration.

Something we are proud to announce is that we’ve been able to successfully achieve, through a fantastically committed team, a culture that is supportive of our employees and a country broadband infrastructure that has largely enabled effective working from home.

The same consistency is anticipated as we now cautiously switch back to a 50/50 density reduction model, as Vietnam introduces steps to relax its highly effective containment measures.

It was also critical that we prioritised spending more time, understanding what our clients’ immediate needs are from their software engineering teams.

Overwhelmingly this has been:

  • A dependable, resilient service – from home and from the office.
  • Accelerated, agile, roadmap delivery – reducing time to market, gaining competitive advantage, or switching to focus to KTLO activity
  • Proven teams with mature processes – guaranteeing velocity, quality and rapid deployment
  • Resource flexibility – including team scaling, composition, technology and responsive ramp-up
  • Cost savings and efficiency – without compromising quality.

Against a backdrop of varying strategies and future technology needs, we too have adapted our engagement models to enable the rapid scaling of our development and testing teams.

Whether the need is cross-functional digital factories, an extension of internal development teams or end-to-end project and programme delivery, our aim is to bring value to both existing and new clients who are looking for a partner with:

  • Ability to rapidly deploy and scale cross-functional and/or cross-technology teams
  • Close collaboration, from our on-shore and off-shore teams
  • Mature, agile ‘processes’ designed for remote and distributed working
  • A proven track record of efficient effective remote on-boarding and working
  • Cost-effectiveness

Against the wider backdrop of extensive digital transformation programmes and the massive acceleration of organisations looking to become technology-first companies, finding the right development capability is critical.

NashTech is a division of the Harvey Nash Group, we are UK based and have nearly 2000 Software Professionals in our Vietnam delivery centres.  Our mission is to enable our clients to innovate, reduce the time to market of digital products and services and gain competitive advantage.

If you’re looking to accelerate your product roadmap or transformation programme, or simply reduce costs, please feel free to contact me for an introduction to how NashTech can help.


Mark Jacks has over 15 years’ experience in working with organisations to successfully accelerate and deliver software development and digital transformation programmes through external partners. His experience covers a wider range of industries, including Finance, Manufacturing, Retail and Education, which enables him to identify best practice and innovation trends from across sectors.

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