Businesses that have led their industries for years are realizing that their legacy systems cannot keep up with the changing pace of the workforce. While updates have carried them thus far, they lack the technical capabilities to integrate systems and capitalize on the connectedness of current software.
With the start of the new decade now months behind us, it’s time to evaluate your current processes and determine how technology can help you improve your business operations.
1. Take Advantage of Technology and Software Consulting Services
Often, when businesses decide it’s time to upgrade their systems, they quickly find they don’t know where to begin. They may be out of touch with current advancements in technology or not be aware of the resources available to them. While you can attempt to upgrade your systems on your own, a successful digital transformation usually begins with effective software consulting.
Not only can industry experts help craft the perfect solution for your company, you can enjoy the benefits of involvement without the pressure to lead the effort. This means that you can focus on your current business operations while giving the responsibility of software development to a dedicated team.
2. Choose a Trusted Development Partner
If you operate an established, growing business, out-of-the-box software is not likely to fit your unique requirements and needs. While some one-size-fits-all solutions offer options for minor customization, custom software development removes the restrictions many companies are confined to. If you’re integrating disparate systems and databases, creating a solution that will leave you with unified, streamlined processes becomes even more critical.
If you choose to outsource development, developing a clear budget, timeline and requirements list will help you choose a development partner. Before development begins, members of a quality development team will take time to understand your business operations, pain points, requirements, and expected ROI before outlining a solution. Discovery sessions are key to successful software development and digital transformation.
Since you’ll be working with your development partner extensively, you’ll want to choose a company you can trust. You’ll need to be comfortable communicating with them as they design your software and feel welcome to offer feedback throughout the process. Additionally, since software often requires maintenance and updates, your relationship with your development team should be built to last.
3. Consider the needs of your entire team
Are you familiar with the particulars of your business operations? You’ll need to take stock of all the current systems and software that your employees are using. Rather than having each team work independently and be self-contained, custom software offers the opportunity to unify your teams and business processes.
Additionally, while databases are a given for most businesses, most can benefit from dynamic storage repositories offered through data lake creation. When you take advantage of data visualizations and advanced analytics, you’ll discover that the insights provided through data enrichment and consolidation will elevate your business decisions.
4. Implement Effective Transformation Management
If you are bogged down with outdated software, employees may require training before transitioning to the new system. A transition period and learning curve for any new software is natural, however, it can be minimized with preparation. A well-designed, intuitive interface is also key.
Overcoming natural human resistance to change can be accomplished by emphasizing the benefits of the new software and how it will make your employees’ jobs more efficient. Additionally, ensure they feel involved and informed regarding the creation of the solution.
Digital transformation is not just about utilizing new technology – It must be accompanied by a cultural shift within your organization. Effective transformation management starts with company leaders and permeates the business. Leaders should encourage innovative thinking, optimized processes, diversity of ideas, creative solutions and team cohesiveness. Our president Shane Long, shares, “Obsolete yourself or someone else will.”
Innovation is a mindset and digital transformation is a process, not merely a piece of software. However, you won’t be able to remain competitive and reach new heights with your business if you don’t have working resources.
Work With Us for Your Digital Transformation
If your company is looking to update your current systems, let SevenTablets help you with digital transformation management. Our software consulting and custom software development services have helped businesses optimize their operations, increase their productivity and improve their bottom lines.
We specialize in ERP solutions, cloud integration services, CRM development, system integrations and data management platforms. Don’t struggle to make your technology work; make your software work for you. To work with a trusted development team, reach out to SevenTablets today.