How to overcome Digital transformation challenges
Looking at different stages and areas of digitalization, one thing becomes obvious quickly; No matter which size, industry or where the implementation of new technologies takes place, the challenges are very similar.
Here the 5 most common challenges that came up in discussions repeatedly:
- Employee pushback
Never change a winning team. That might work in sports or when a company is doing well, but what if you see that the established structures cannot keep up with the market demands and standards anymore? It is hard for many employees to change their habits and structures which have been developed for past technologies. A company is subject to constant change and modification to adapt and work as efficiently as possible. New technologies might be scary in the beginning and it takes time to understand and to see the necessity of implementing them. Establishing an environment that embraces lifelong learning and giving each employee guidance on how to handle this, is one way to face the challenge.
- Lack of expertise
Lately I had a conversation with a customer working in machine engineering who still could not imagine how digitalization would work in his industry. He was disappointed by events he participated in which have been a platform for “the big software companies” to promote AI, Big Data, and IoT, but who also were too disconnected for him to see the benefits. He was practically left alone without any information valuable for his business.
Our world is fast-paced, every day we get bombarded with innovation, new technologies, standards, and with it comes a lot of information. Being tangled up in daily business, companies, management, and staff often lack the time to evaluate which expertise is missing and which one to acquire. By pushing the decision making repeatedly, you will get to a point where you realize that you need the expertise now.
- Organizational structure
Your organizational structure should be fluid. Digital processes in an office environment or in product development are different from what you might be used to, but the company processes need to adapt in order to be used to the fullest. If you think you can adapt the new technology to your routines, then you will end up in constant disruption of processes and the spending in implementing the new system will exceed your budget.
- Lack of an overall digital strategy
Your planning should always start with one thing on your mind: your customers. Understand their demands and from there take it into all departments of your business to make them fit like smoothly turning cogwheels. You also might consider talking to a specialist who can show you different paths and technologies, so you may decide which technologies are the best fit for your company.
- Limited Budget
Your budget might not be able to finance the full transformation, so it is necessary to start with the manageable changes and a medium- or long-term strategy that takes into consideration that some steps need to be modified during the transition. There is no use in buying a complete hard and software environment if the funding for training your staff is missing. If your driver has a C1 license you would rather buy a truck with which your driver can drive immediately than one that requires a CE one, right?
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