Companies struggle to think beyond a ‘campaign mentality’ in their digital transformation efforts. DX is not a one and done business need – it is an ongoing process that is never complete, and it involves every layer of the business. This includes many components from technologies to processes to people to goals and finally how to integrate them all together. Some companies consider the process of designing an overarching digital strategy too complex, and so they don’t even attempt implementation. As a result, they pay the price of not being aligned across departments.
Having a strategy clearly lays out your goals and what everyone’s role is in attaining that goal. This plays heavily into the company culture, which in many ways is the basis
As addressed in the definition earlier, a large aspect of digital transformation encompasses being agile. Yet, too many businesses today operate with rigid and outdated technology stacks and processes. The use of big data exemplifies this point. The issue here isn’t in gathering the data, or even drawing insights from the data, but rather in acting on it. As elementary as this sounds, many companies find success from the trial and error approach – roll something out, collect data, make it better. But when a company’s core systems are too outdated, they lack the ability to perform the ‘make it better’ stage.
These outdated systems often entail quarterly release cycles of development processes which just will not cut it at today’s industry speed. Another issue with outdated systems is that it doesn’t allow for the adjustment of internal workflows and business practices that call for change over time. Modern enterprises need to make their data and business logic more accessible via more robust and secure APIs. In other words, they need to become more digitally flexible.
There are two sides to internal resistance: Fearing the leap and having limited resources.
A common setback in DX lies within the employees themselves. In times like these, not changing is an even bigger risk than taking the plunge and implementing the necessary transformations. However, employees may not see it this way. While many
On the other side of the coin, you’ll see companies who fully understand and want to embrace digital transformation but lack the resources to do so. This is more prominent in smaller companies which lack the manpower to steer digital transformation and can only afford to focus on keeping the lights on. This is a common structural shortcoming where employees are spread too thin to the point where they only have the capacity to focus on the everyday tasks at hand rather than on innovating, and driving the company towards the future.
It’s just a matter of time before you’re confronted with a compliance audit and only 10% of businesses feel extremely well prepared. Industries like finance, data, and health, to name a few, have stringent corporate and regulatory compliance requirements that your business needs to be ready for. Because of this, you need to be thinking about getting ahead of issues before they become a problem. In an age where knowledge is a commodity, your data is a strategic business asset. A lack of trust in the security and accuracy of your data translates into a lack of trust in your organization.
It is impossible to predict when an audit will happen which is why you need to always be prepared for one. Many businesses push this aside because of how tedious and taxing the process can be. This is where an IT partnership serves you well. With the right collaborator, you can always have physical and digital copies of the required audit documentation available and fully meet compliance requirements. Trust detail-oriented process experts with proven experience in highly regulated environments to keep you
As your business scales to meet modern day demands, not only will more data be produced, it will also need to be accessible from more endpoints. As you increase accessibility, security should never be compromised. When you lean on an IT partner, you’ll never have to make that compromise. A skilled business partner can provide foundational IT to every location and help automate your business processes while ensuring you’re fully compliant.
Your external IT support will:
Starting a conversation about outsourcing your IT needs can bring up a lot of internal concerns. However, it is important to remember the goal – digital transformation. At the end of the day, if you’re only focusing on keeping the lights on, you’re on a sure path to becoming obsolete.
For modern businesses striving to embrace digital transformation, outsourcing your foundational IT needs enables you to focus on innovation. Businesses require IT partners to deploy technologies and minimize risk. Contracting out this work allows in-house IT staff to focus on strategy, improvement and ultimately, transformation.
Leverage your in-house IT team to lead innovation: