Digital transformation doesn’t just happen, it needs leadership
Business leaders need to step up and drive the way forward when it comes to digital transformation.
Increasingly the guidance for any company that wants to be more successful is that it should become a digital business. A digital business is one that adopts new technology, such as cloud, social media, mobility and big data, to act more nimbly and to gain greater insights from the data they hold.
They can do business faster, be more efficient and work with digital partners to expand and improve their supply chain or customer base. Yet, for a company to become a digital business, it can’t just happen. There needs to be leadership and a coherent plan for them to implement. Otherwise, the company will just end up with a mess of technologies that don’t work well together, and workers who do not understand how to use it.
Focus on the digital future
Whatever the leading role, be it a chief information officer, head of IT or digital leader, this person needs to understand how the company currently uses its data, how those processes can be improved and what technologies the company can take advantage of to be more competitive.
They need to be able to explain this to other leaders in the company to get them involved and engaged. They also need to be able to explain up and down the company what the benefits are, to avoid people becoming concerned about their jobs or prospects.
With that in mind, transformation to a digital business can be gradual and take a couple of years, as even small companies migrate their existing systems to the cloud, provide workers with mobile devices to speed up data collection and link to other digital services to improve how the business runs.
From accounting to document management, to sales and recruitment, from product design and production to stock control, there is a digital solution for every department that can make them more efficient and link the data streams together to help the business run more efficiently and plan to be more effective in the future, but without a good leader, all of these ideas could be useless. Contact us today for advice on how you can provide the best transition to a more digitised way of doing business.