Building your roadmap for digital transformation this New Year
Digital transformation takes time. It’s a journey that needs thorough planning and strong leadership.
There are countless benefits to digital transformation, including greater reliability, increased productivity, and improved collaboration across departments, ensuring your business can run more efficiently than ever before.
Transforming your business with dynamic IT technologies will be a process of many stages. However, if you want to modernise your systems and improve competitivity, digital transformation will be necessary.
Whether your business is commercially driven or a not-for-profit, it’s essential to adapt to emerging trends to stay competitive and increase growth opportunities.
To do this more effectively, the first stage of the process involves assessing your organisational strategy to clarify goals, challenges, weaknesses and pain points, and potential growth opportunities. Digitally transforming your business will help you meet these goals more effectively, and better help your organisation overcome its challenges and pain points.
Why does your business want to transform with new technology?
Identifying the purpose of implementing new technologies, how you want those technologies implemented, and the results you want to achieve, will help you identify which technologies should be introduced, as well as providing something to measure return on investment against.
Improving competitivity, processes, security, and efficiency, are all reasons for organisations to embrace modern IT technologies.
Evaluate current IT technologies
It’s essential to have an audit of your current IT systems to identify key gaps and vulnerabilities. By evaluating areas including information systems, cyber security, and IT management, your organisation can prioritise which areas to focus on first. This will help your business define the technological capabilities needed to effectively support and improve your processes.
Conducting staff surveys to understand the issues they find most common from your business’s IT infrastructure can also help identify areas of improvement, that might not have initially been thought about.
Get the right buy-in
The culture of your organisation will have an effect on the success of your digital transformation project. It’s important to get the leadership team to buy-into the technologies and processes that will benefit your business, otherwise, you may never get the investment required to undertake such projects.
Anticipate areas of resistance, every potential concern, and hurdles that need to be overcome, and justify how they’ll be dealt with to instil confidence, showing the idea has been well thought through. By getting buy-in from the biggest influencers in your organisation, this should then ripple down to the rest of the business.
Once you’ve identified potential roadblocks and courses of action to overcome them, the next step is to prioritise workloads. If you’re planning to undertake a number of IT transformation projects, try to group similar projects together, for example grouping cloud infrastructure or security solutions, to better manage budgets, resources, and timeframes.
Prioritising some of the more simple projects will help test the viability of your ideal transformation solutions, and encourages confidence in the rest of your transformation plans. By determining the order you want projects to be implemented, you can then create rough timelines and the resources needed.
Find the right IT partner
It’s essential to look for an IT partner that understands your objectives, and how to help your business realise its digital transformation vision. Conduct some research into the IT providers around you and look into their products and services, level of expertise, and size of their business, to ensure they can deliver what you need, when you need it.
It’s worth noting that a local IT partner can be onsite when needed to install new systems and hardware, so if anything doesn’t quite go to plan, it can be resolved more quickly than with a remote IT provider.
Ask for help when you need it
If you’re unsure of anything throughout your IT transformation project, ask for help. Whether you ask a business that has been through a similar project, or an IT provider that has successfully implemented many digital transformation projects, there’s plenty of help available to you.
It can be a daunting task to plan and organise a large technology project, but we will always have people on-hand to help if you need it. For further help or advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced team of friendly professionals. You can call us on 03300 245447 or email firstname.lastname@example.org