Digital Technology is the lifeblood of businesses all over the world – in fact, it is the lifeblood for most of our lives. This reliance on tech is only going to increase in coming years – especially bearing in mind that the technological advancements of recent times have been truly revolutionary, and some of them have enabled us to work remotely from anywhere in the world. This has allowed us to have access to vital data that in turn has enabled workforces to collaborate with each other from anywhere on the globe.
Recent times have alerted business owners to the reality of the modern world, and many realised that the way they were doing things was perhaps a little dated and not as efficient or cost-effective as it could have been. Due to this, the capabilities of technology have become increasingly apparent, and business owners have realised that, if used correctly, the power of technology is truly amazing.
What is a Digital Transformation?
A Digital Transformation is the process of purchasing, implementing, and maintaining new digital technologies with the intention of improving services or business. This is done by replacing manual processes, wherever possible, for more capable – newer - alternatives.
We aren’t saying to go out and buy the most expensive tool available for the job - we all know that, just because it is expensive, it doesn’t mean that it is the right choice for you. You must take your time, ask yourself some questions before diving in head first, and consider what impact the new tech will have on your organisation, both operationally and in regard to compliance obligations? What will genuinely help the continued success and growth of your organisation? The right Digital Transformation will propel your business forward towards success, improve the quality of service you can offer your customers, your staff’s performance and relationship with the technological landscape of your business, and the future prospects of your business as a whole. It is essential you make the best decisions at this stage if you want to achieve all of these.
Start by breaking down your organisation, and dissecting it into its component parts – this will help you understand your business on a different level, and by doing so will help you to understand what keeps the wheels turning and what will help you make them revolve more efficiently. Also, take a close look at your competitors, in particular the successful ones – find out how they conduct their business and overcome the likely similar challenges that you are facing daily. This will help you make an educated decision on what you would like your Digital Transformation to look like – and, in turn, make it work for you, your team, and ultimately your business.
The challenges you face daily
Your organisation will face a set of unique challenges specific to you. This makes it important that you know your organisation and team well in order to get a good idea of what will benefit your business going forward. Let’s list some of the challenges that aren’t specific to only your organisation.
The care of sensitive information
Every business on the planet holds some form of data on their clients. This most predominantly takes the form of contact numbers, bank details, and personal addresses. You must protect these highly sensitive forms of data at all costs. Data protection should be your main business concern – cyber attacks are on the rise; if you leave any vulnerability in your system you can be sure a cyber criminal will take the opportunity to gain access with both hands. You can’t afford to make mistakes when it comes to other people’s data - if you do you could be in serious trouble.
Regulatory and compliance obligations
Every business in the world has some form of compliance obligation that they are required by law to adhere to. The tools you have in place need to compliment your efforts to abide by them; in some cases, there are tools designed specifically to help you remain compliant.
Unfit traditional IT
Tech has always traditionally had a short lifespan, and, with the rate at which the technological landscape of the planet changes and evolves, that lifespan is only going to get smaller. Using dated equipment could severely impact the rate of growth you are able to achieve in your organisation, when, with modern capable IT solutions, your team could be completing tasks faster and/or to a better standard, making for a much better quality of service for your customers. Traditional IT wasn’t catered to specific needs, and only recently has it been designed in such a way that it can warp to the needs of its user. Traditionally, we used tools and work processes that simply weren’t designed with our businesses in mind – but you don’t have to work this way any more, because modern tools can revolutionise your workplace.
An unequipped team
Your team is only as good as the tools they are using – you must provide them with efficient capable technology in order to complete their daily tasks to the standard you expect. The point of IT and technology is to better our lives and make them more convenient – therefore, having IT in your organisation that makes work processes longer and more difficult than they need to be is counterproductive and a waste of time.
Now you know what a Digital Transformation is and the correct way of starting one, in the following article we will delve deeper into Digital Transformations and the options available on the market today.
Value from your tools
BCNS make business easier and more cost-effective by guaranteeing that you and your team are always connected to each other and your clients. We can also guarantee that your team are using the latest version of every application to ensure that your systems are secure and you are getting the best possible benefits from your tech. Our team of experts will assist you throughout the transition and beyond to be sure you achieve exactly what you desire. At the same time we can reduce your expenses and improve your security as well as performance! Contact us now and find out how we can help you with your business communications and move into a more productive future.