Fast IT projects are Web sites, mobile apps, digital marketing, SaaS integrations, and other projects that need monthly or weekly planning. We find a lot of these projects on Assembla. The Fast IT concept has been helpful for our customers who are trying to manage these projects with increasing professionalism. We are shaping the Assembla roadmap to help Fast IT work more smoothly.
Who cares about Fast IT?
Fast IT Managers who are already handling the Fast IT projects in their organizations. This could be you! We have seen customers that have refined their “business model”, expanded their capacity, and done amazing things. The Fast IT model gives them space to work in, and a community to learn from.
People who do digital marketing. Digital marketing is the biggest consumer of Fast IT, for Web sites, mobile apps, campaigns, and analytics. Gartner made waves by predicting that in 2017, the CMO – the fast IT buyer - will have a bigger budget than the CIO – the core IT buyer. I believe it. Fast IT is growing rapidly. We want to help you grow your career with it.
Agencies, outsourcers, and other service providers. These are the Fast IT specialists. Positioning around Fast IT can help them make more money by making it easier to start and deliver projects, and then get recurring revenue for continuous improvement.
In the picture above, I compare Fast IT to “Core IT”. Fast IT has a mission to be fast and responsive and discover opportunities. Core IT has a mission to provide secure, reliable systems and services. Their employers and colleagues need these services every day, and they value reliability and stability. Core IT providers often get annual budgets, and they have a long term perspective. So, the people that run Core IT often try to slow down Fast IT projects and add some layers of planning and security that aren’t appropriate. The Fast IT model resolves this conflict. It’s a simple model that separates Core IT from Fast IT. Then, the core people can be reliable, and the fast people can be fast.
How will Assembla help you with Fast IT?
First, we’re learning and sharing. We’re looking for great Fast IT practitioners who will share secrets of success. We’ll organize meetings where you can advance your knowledge and contacts. We’ll be posting information on the blog, in Webinars, an in our product.
Our Fast IT customers often call Assembla a “system of record.” They appreciate the all-in-one design that collects code, discussions, and documentation, all in one place. Fast IT generates a lot of these assets for a lot of different projets, and these assets need to be maintained over time. That’s where Assembla comes in. An Assembla workspace is not just a project management hub. It’s also a repository for all of the code, discussion, documentation, and team relationships that will allow you to maintain your assets over time.
Fast IT projects start fast. Assembla helps you get started fast by providing one place where you can add team permissions and start communication.
Fast IT projects need daily or weekly attention. Assembla makes it easy to see all project activity and resolve needs and obstacles.
Finally, we are adding features to our Enterprise package that will help customers who are tracking a lot of different deliverables, and trying to deliver them on time.