Ticking off tasks on your to-do list can be extremely satisfying. With each item crossed off, there’s visible and tangible evidence of progress made and the sense that your time and energy have brought you closer to reaching broader goals and objectives. Once all tasks are complete, it’s rewarding to reach the finish line and to know that the job is done.
But some projects your enterprise may undertake go beyond a simple one-and-done checklist and actually become more effective if they’re considered part of an ongoing journey. Digital transformation (DT) is one example where the benefits go well beyond the moment when companies go live with new tools or processes. While there may be a clear set of tasks leading up to the DT launch that can be checked off, the full benefits of a company’s DT investment come with a long-term commitment to the transformation.
As shown in an MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte’s global study, digital transformation is about more than technology. Really, it’s about companies integrating technologies that allow them to change how they work, and that change doesn’t happen overnight; it’s ongoing.
I’ve helped hundreds, if not thousands, of businesses transition to digital, cloud-based business management processes. Keep reading to learn the tricks of the DT trade.
With the rise of remote workforces, more businesses are advancing tools and resources that power digital connection and collaboration. These rapid shifts and wider adoption of new technologies, such as cloud-based resources, aren’t surprising. But rolling out new software simply isn’t the end of the road, nor is it enough to ensure long-term DT success.
For businesses to truly optimize transformation efforts, it’s vital to rethink operations, as well as how to view digital transformation. Legacy systems and long-standing protocols must be considered and evaluated carefully with the goal of driving greater efficiency. For enterprises, this also means preparing and optimizing their most important resource: their workforce.
Consider A Phased DT Approach For Long-Term Success
Companies should consider a phased approach to their DT to ensure success long term. Executive buy-in and support from company leaders is an essential starting point, as is a thoughtful and strategic rollout to give plenty of time to ease into the changes ahead.
In addition, enterprises will want to provide ample room in the schedule to preview proposed changes with employees and get them on board. Companies should account for time to train workers on new tools and protocols so that they have a chance to shift their habits and understand the breadth of improvements available to them. Enterprises that fully embrace DT must also leave room for continued enhancements over time, so they can update with the latest and greatest technology as it becomes available.
If long-term success is the goal (as it should be), then businesses will likely fare much better than those that view DT as a one-and-done project.
Prioritize Shifting From Analog To Digital
In general, DT shifts the business from analog systems and processes to ones that are digitized, automated and integrated. DT offers businesses the chance to level up the digital tools that power their business as well as an opportunity to make smarter, more informed business decisions based on real-time information. An essential component of a successful DT is cloud-based resources. A cloud-based ERP solution, for instance, gives companies access to business-critical applications at any time from any location — further enabling efficiency, visibility and insights that can help improve profitability.
When DT is executed effectively, businesses are connected through real-time, accurate data. A successful DT puts digital tools in the hands of business leaders to give them a better sense of what’s effective and what isn’t, and where improvements can be made in the future.
With More Connection, Businesses Become More Resilient
DT makes it possible for companies to update legacy tools and software, giving way for a new suite of modern resources that are inherently flexible. These resources make way for increased agility by streamlining operations and communications and reducing productivity roadblocks such as data silos.
Over time, business leaders that embrace an ongoing approach to their DT are positioned to capitalize on new opportunities. Companies can also pivot quickly in response to unforeseen market changes because they’re built on digitally resilient and agile systems. For businesses to be truly viable long-term, they must be agile, which is only possible by relying on up-to-date software and capabilities. As the DT journey progresses, businesses can continue to transform by embracing technologies and processes that strengthen and modernize operations.
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