Updated: Feb 2
There are many moving parts to running a business that it sometimes seems easier to add more people, systems, steps, or all of the above instead of dealing with issues head-on. After a while, you can find yourself with a long list with no real answer if any of it is working for your business needs. The questions we must ask ourselves are do we need all of this and is it solving the issues we have? If not, optimizing your business can greatly help with lessening costs and increasing efficiency.
With so much buzz around digital transformation, you might wonder if you are prepared for such an undertaking. Planning an expansive transformation like this can be expensive and quickly become unnecessarily complex, so we recommend getting professional guidance to help lead you through the necessary steps of optimizing the business.
One of the most vital steps toward optimization is assessing your portfolio of current and future IT projects. After you have drilled it down to a timeline, it is important to consider all of the other pieces of the equation. Just adding more IT projects and not changing legacy systems, for instance, can fail in your new implementation. Not using technology to its maximum capacity can cost you a lot of money, which will continue to be the case, if not increase over time.
Additionally, trying to move essential IT capabilities to the cloud without assessing your existing processes and procedures would be a big (expensive) mistake. Anytime you are considering moving to the cloud or adding new technology to the stack, you should first optimize your current processes to sync with the different capabilities of your desired cloud solution.
Next, you may be asking your network if they know anyone who can help you. Assuming the IT team already has several projects in motion, can they handle more, or should they pause some of the current initiatives? This is something that can be hard to gauge as you continue to adjust and adapt to the changing corporate environment, but it’s always about balance. If the IT team is already putting out too many fires, adding more tasks to their already growing backlog of fixes and reports can create a bigger problem of burnout and mistakes. Just remember the heartbeat of any business begins with its employees.
As strategic initiatives are underway, and a plan is in place for what projects need to be tackled first, ensuring the business has a handle on its IT expenses, business processes, and what the business needs to survive are of the highest priority.
Overall, digital transformation is a major undertaking. If you would like to go forward with this, we are here to help you be successful and maximize your people, process, and technology investments. We have your best interests in mind and are committed to helping you get to where you want to go.
About the Authors:
Cornerstone Paradigm Consulting, LLC www.CPCChangeAgent.com An industry-agnostic business operations consulting firm whose mission is to transform the way you do business.
Gryphon Solutions, LLC, www.GryphonSolns.com An IT management consultancy helping companies build IT departments that get the job done each and every day.