A common fear when it comes to digital transformation that businesses have is the amount of time it might take them to adapt to the process change.
Especially now more than ever when digitization is a necessary component of business strategy, people are keen on boarding the ship to catch up with competitors as well as maintain market share.
Good news is that it does not have to take you years to catch up. The even better news is that the timelines are all up to you. How? You may ask.
Having well defined and clear requirements
You cannot plot a route to get to where you want to go, unless you know where you are.
More often than not, digitization is a process that businesses get into with little to no understanding of their underlying business process. It is important to assess your current work process as it goes a long way in understanding it while highlighting problems, gaps, loops and waste of resources that were naked to the eye. Through the assessment you can get the “aha” moment necessary to drive action, improvement and change that requires digital intervention.
Where problems have been highlighted on your roadmap, you can identify and make a list of which precise automation tools needed to rid your business of them.
After having identified the loopholes and invested in a tool of choice to correct them, now the hardest part comes in.
Implementing and adapting.
It is common to see failure of digitization projects especially because of lack of prioritization, adoption drive and failure to tap into the complete range of capabilities that the system has to offer.
A short guide on a productive guide and strategy would be:
– Rope in all involved users from the word go. Resistance is common among users who were not for the idea in the first place. Create a culture that embraces change through preparing them adequately and continuously training them on how to use the software.
– Experience is the best teacher. As soon as you go live, have users familiarize themselves with the application by having them execute activities through it. In this case a good example would be having them record their sales and orders on the application moving forward.
-Businesses constantly evolve. The good thing is that with technology there is always continuous innovation. Along the way as your business needs change and feature updates are inevitable, keep users in the current loop with adequate support to ensure they are informed.
-Track progress. This is a definite way to boost user engagement by spotting underutilization that will then prompt you to find a better way to strategize.
Filter the Silos
Referring to the article on Mistakes to avoid when implementing Big Data, data is indispensable to businesses.
As we stated, have a defined project that helps you make sense on which data to focus on. Go further and group the data according to the different processes and users. Find out how you can generate reports that are useful to your process key metrics.
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We have a vision for you that exceeds your immediate goals and supports your future goals as well- even when they change!