04 Sep, 2018

Starting Your Digital Transformation? Think About This First

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Technology is amazing. It shapes the world we live in today. It advances industries, like healthcare, marketing, retail, and the list goes on. Technology is growing and will continue to grow for years to come. The problem with the rapid growth of technology?

We must learn to grow with it.

“Business technology has evolved a lot in the last few decades, and the speed of this change has increased exponentially in recent years.”

I read reports frequently that suggest the fear about human beings not being able to keep up with the pace of technology. This is where the fear of “robots taking over the world” comes from. Aside from this dramatic approach, we reflect on how businesses can tackle these changes, embrace the advances that technology brings and even better, reap the benefits of having an updated infrastructure.

A new report from Forbes Technology Council helps business leaders understand just how to approach technology and use it to their advantage.

“Of course, the challenge with adopting new tech tools is figuring out what to do with outdated legacy systems. For many companies, the answer is either modifying their old technologies or scrapping them completely in favor of a more modern solution.” Forbes reports.

If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It Mentality

Many businesses have the mentality “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” This simply means that new systems being introduced to businesses may be intimidating, and unappealing. The secret to success is making sure that this mentality quite simply goes out the window.

Instead of rewriting entirely new infrastructures to fit technology in, businesses can try to understand old systems from top to bottom, in order to build a better and more efficient structure.

New platforms may be hard to introduce to the different functions of the enterprise, so without completely shocking every member of the company to this change, it may be easier for companies to rewrite old systems to just include these new changes.

This may also reveal the systems that you should keep in your business.

“Either a system is important enough to support the cost or it needs to be eliminated. Don’t drown in maintaining unimportant systems.” Forbes reports.

Understand What You Can, And Can Not Do

Before making a huge change to your business, it is important to understand exactly what your infrastructure is capable of. Being honest and upfront from the beginning of the process will allow for a technology transition that makes sense for all parties involved.

This can involve anything from pricing, and understanding how much manpower is required to execute certain jobs. If your infrastructure can’t support such changes, you can proceed with baby steps to make sure technology still plays a role in your business.

All in all, a technology makeover is great for any business to undergo. Before proceeding, make sure to follow simple steps to fully understand the impact of tech improvements.

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