We all know that digital transformation is upon us. And that it’s affecting all aspects of business. But just because these changes are happening, doesn’t mean that they always occur smoothly. The journey to digital transformation is riddled with challenges. From failure to plan and a substandard infrastructure to a lack of employee buy-in, businesses would be forgiven for approaching digital transformation with a healthy dose of caution.
But, according to a recent study from Gartner, those that manage to move beyond the many hurdles are set to enjoy a comfortable rise in profits,
So, what should you do to make the most of digital innovation? We believe that knowing what stumbling blocks are out there is the best way to avoid them. As such, we’ve put together a short list of the top barriers to digital transformation:
- A lack of clear guidelines: It all starts with a plan. Failing to plan properly is one of the greatest mistakes businesses make. And it’s a mistake that has countless knock-on effects. Understanding what you want to achieve and how you plan to use digital technologies to do so, is essential.
- Poor measurement: Once you’ve outlined a plan, it’s time to set some goals. Without proper goals with won’t have any way of measuring if your digital transformation efforts have been a failure or a success.
- Inappropriate infrastructure: Remember what we said about having a plan? Well, one of the pitfalls associated with a mediocre plan, is not having the hardware, software and skills needed to make digital transformation a reality. Often, legacy infrastructure holds businesses back and prevents them from truly leveraging the efficiencies associated with digital business processes.
- Fear of change: Most of us are afraid of change. It’s important to collaborate with your HR team to ensure that your employees are properly prepared for the changes you plan to make. Set out clear guidelines around the value of these new technologies and processes, detailing exactly how they will improve current ways of working.
- Security concerns: Sure, digital tools have the potential to boost productivity and up efficiency but if the proper security procedures aren’t in place, digital transformation can open up businesses to a wide range of risks. IT and security stakeholders must be part of all digital transformation conversations.
- Support from the top: If the top levels of the company aren’t championing your transformation efforts, it’s unlikely that anyone will. C-level backing is crucial to digital success.
What it comes down to, is this – the right technology can have a truly transformative effect when it’s implemented with strategically and with care. Interested in learning more about digital transformation? Our monthly newsletter is exactly what you need. Sign up below.