All month long, we are focusing on digital transformation. Drawing on our experience of helping countless organizations on their own digital transformation journey, these posts serve as a great starting point as you begin to plan for change. Previous post in this series:
Create a Vision for Change

You’ve decided on a vision for your digital transformation. You know what you would like to empower your employees to accomplish. To make sure your digital transformation is a success, it is essential to choose the right technologies. Digital transformation is often misunderstood as simply moving to one of the various cloud platforms. Really, it’s about enabling your employees to utilize the technology to access data and collaborate with one another.

It can be tempting to simply use the software providers you have used before, almost out of habit. However, this is the time to take a step back and approach your technology choices from a new angle. Incorporate your vision for digital transformation here, and ask if the tools you are reviewing will support optimal communication and collaboration between your employees. Perhaps you’ve always used one major project management software provider—now might be the time to use an agile, intuitive solution that any colleague can incorporate into their daily tasks.

Leverage Your Current Environment

Productivity is enhanced when your employees are not restricted by technology. Make sure you opt for tools that can work together—-even if they are built by different providers. Office 365, for instance, connects seamlessly with Dropbox. If employees are already using Dropbox, this can make their adoption curve less challenging. Make sure you choose the right tools to support this kind of integration.

Certain platforms and new IT environments that are based in the cloud will reduce your current IT costs—by removing the need to maintain servers, patch and update systems—and the role of in-house IT staff will change. They will need to be more agile as their work focuses more on helping the business adapt to constantly changing technology. Make sure to take into account your employees needs when it comes to the technology you choose.

Consider How Employees Want to Work

Mobile is a crucial aspect of any digital transformation. Businesses increasingly collaborate and communicate on the go and remotely. The flexibility promised by digital innovation has mobile at its core, and your new platform should reflect that.

If you haven’t given any thought to budgeting for activities focused on enabling your employees to be proficient with technology, you need to reconsider. Training and self-help resources are key to managing change. Remember, introducing technology is only as good as the people responsible for using it.

Now that you’ve created a vision and have selected the right technologies, you’re halfway there. To really see ROI on your tech investment, there is one aspect you will need to consider above all else—your employees.

Next week, we’ll dive into how you can be an agent of change and how to lead your employees on the digital transformation journey.

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