It’s spring, and you probably have cleaning on your mind. When you think about how often you organize your house or tidy up your desk, it might not occur to you to do the same with your technology. Did you know that when you take on a digital clean-up through your business, you can not only organize your business technology, but you can also discover what technology needs to be updated, refreshed or eliminated? In fact, this can lead to a digital transformation process, and help you improve productivity, efficiency, workflow and even profit. Yet, according to Forbes, 70 percent of digital transformation processes fail. In this blog, we will explain five reasons why businesses fall short when updating their technology.
Starting the Digital Transformation Process
Digital clean-ups are about more than deleting old files. This digital transformation process will help you evaluate your equipment to make sure it’s working efficiently. It will also help you to determine if there are updates that are needed, or if it’s time to retire old equipment and invest in something new. Updating technology isn’t always an easy task, especially when it comes to your employees who may not love the idea of change or new processes.
We can help you navigate around the common mistakes businesses encounter when the need arises to update technology.
Here are five things you should avoid when updating your technology:
1. Forcing change: When faced with new technology, employees might have a hard time adapting to change. It’s imperative that employees understand the benefits. Don’t force a change without hearing their side first. If the change is necessary, help them to understand that it’s an essential step for business growth. Implementing new and updated technology can boost productivity and keep your employees happier in the long term. Keep them involved in your process and remind them that the needed changes will benefit their work experience in the future.
2. Miscommunication: Communication is key when it comes to your employees. Make sure that when new technology is implemented that your employees understand why the change has happened. If you listened to our first step, you have included them in the process, so let them know that their role in digital transformation is valued. Working with a new system is hard, so make sure your employees are aware and ready for the change.
3. Layering new tech onto old tech: In some cases, layering old tech onto new tech makes sense, but not all the time. It can be tempting to hold onto old processes when implementing new technology. Instead of focusing on compatibility, find a solution that you can rely on for many years to come—even if that means starting from scratch.
4. Setting unrealistic expectations: Implementing new technology might not be your fix-all to your problems. Set realistic expectations, and let your employees know what to expect from new technology. After implementing new tech, you will want to continue to monitor how the changes are impacting productivity, profitability and office morale.
5. Lack of training: Don’t expect your employees to understand new technology right away. Make sure proper training is put in place to lead your team to success. Lack of training can lead to downtime and really set your business back. Keep in mind that your IT partner can always offer up additional training to ensure you enjoy a digital transformation with efficiency.
Get Help from an MSP You Can Rely On
We know that a digital transformation can be tricky, and we want you to know that taking on this task doesn’t have to be difficult. By partnering with an expert like us, we can help align your expectations with reality. Show your employees that technology improvements are something to celebrate, not dread.
Take the next step and get the services your business deserves. Put your trust in us and we will help you get a fresh “spring” outlook on your tech. Give us a call today.