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How a Mature WebOps Process Unleashes Your Website’s Potential

Looking to unlock your website’s true potential and remain competitive in the face of today’s modern digital ecosystem? Learn more in the following post.

The number one obstacle in staying competitive that organizations face in today's modern digital ecosystem is the ability to make changes to your website when needed. 

Unlocking your website's true potential means you are maximizing your Return on investment (ROI) and using all the web has to offer — to reach your target audience. Unfortunately, the reality is that businesses often struggle to fully utilize their digital infrastructure, and failing to reach WebOps maturity can cost companies time, revenue, and employees. 

Here are a handful of reasons why companies suffer from a lack of WebOps maturity: 

  1. Organizations may not be thinking about the web correctly.

  2. The right digital talent is not leading web strategy.

  3. A cohesive digital strategy doesn't exist. 

  4. Misaligned goals and insufficient Key Performance Indicators (KPI) bog down results.

  5. Scarce cross-functional teaming.

  6. Web development, design, content, and decision-making processes can't keep up with the rapidly changing digital space. 

  7. Making changes to content is problematic, resulting in internal editorial team frustration. 

  8. Opposing requirements between marketing and IT teams bottleneck website evolution. 

If one or more of these issues resonate with you, then this short assessment can help you gauge gap areas. A few questions that will help measure the potency of your website are: 

  1. How is your website performing for your organization?

  2. How many people are running your website, and what are their roles? 

  3. How fast can you get a new page up? 

  4. How often do you push code?

  5. Are your developers, IT, marketing, and/or business stakeholders working together as a team?

Often, digital teams are unsure what the answers are to one or more of these questions, and this blocks the continuous improvement needed to stay competitive and relevant in the digital space. 

"When we eliminate the internal tension between the teams at the organization; when we deliver the expertise and the technology that allows them to move very, very quickly — without fear and risk of going backward or negative consequences — then, and pretty much only then, does the website become a major impact driver, and one that continuously drives impact."

- James Rutherford, Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Pantheon, on the solution to accelerating web productivity

Signs of WebOps Maturity & What it Will do For Your Business

A promising indicator of WebOps maturity is a sophisticated operations model that allows a diversely skilled team to seamlessly collaborate and have everything they need to quickly make the right decisions about your website. Known as cross-functional teaming, this high-performing crew is empowered through WebOps to get changes approved, into development, and then go live rapidly. 

Companies must move away from a process where teams release substantial changes and execute relaunches annually — and shift to a place where their team is regularly updating their website and iterating on the user experience. In this place, the marketer should feel comfortable making changes to the website and responding to the needs of the market. Then, once you're back in the driver's seat, you'll be able to:

  1. Quickly make changes to your website and understand the impact on KPI's;

  2. Collaborate with and drive impact for different stakeholders within your organization to increase the value of website investment, and;

  3. Eliminate internal constraints and fear of risk/experimentation —freeing your team to quickly and safely make changes to your website and drive impact.

The Virginia Credit Union case study is a prime example of how transforming a digital team into a full WebOps team can grow revenue, improve uptime and dramatically improve UX and digital campaign performance. In the case of the Virginia Credit Union, this organization experienced things like 32% year-over-year growth in click-through rates to lead forms, and website revenue growth by $3 million six months after website launch. You can read the full story here.

Pantheon + Partners Can Help You Find Your Way

Leveraging the latest tech available on the web is critical in staying relevant in the shifting digital arena. The missing piece is often expertise, and Pantheon Partners are experts in:

  • Increasing your time to value

  • Setting up necessary processes

  • Working cross-functionally to provide thought leadership and drive organizational change

  • Optimizing your user experience

  • Creating workflows using Continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) sequencing

  • Helping to interpret changes and provide expert recommendations and guidance

  • Guiding strategic planning and creating KPIs

Our Partners will help you quickly absorb the best practices and technology Pantheon offers, which will ground your efforts in architecting a digital legacy that works for your brand and not against it. 

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Topics WebOps, Website Technology