All businesses big and small are compelled to upgrade as the world has gone almost completely digital. Failing to update their business technology would imply losing to competitors. Digital transformation is the need of the hour or should we say, it’s the mandate.
However, it is not as easy as it may sound. There may be lots of hurdles if one is not adept with the right procedures to implement new technologies or if one does not have a strategy in place. The hiccups may come in the form of indecisiveness, regarding which technology would be helpful, compatibility issues, untrained staff or system failures.
So what would be the correct way to adopt the latest technologies, devices and software without any glitches or setbacks. Micro Networks recommends the following steps that will come in handy in implementing new technology in your business.
Begin with checking for the technologies that will be beneficial
The aim of embracing new technology in a business is to offer solutions to issues and address inefficiencies. Not all solutions are straightforward. Some need you to do your homework before adopting them. A little bit of investigation should lead you to the right choice.
Let your research or investigation be as extensive as possible. Look into all kinds of technological solutions. Once you zero down on the right technology, discuss its pros and cons with your employee and have their opinion and understanding of the same. Eventually, they are going to use it.
Keep the skilled implantation team ready for the selected technology
This is the obvious next step, to keep a team of trained employees ready for implementation of the new technology. A team does not mean a group of people, it could be a single skilled person depending on the kind of technology and level of implementation. You wouldn’t want the implementation or adoption to fail, this is the reason a team of trained people who have a firsthand experience of using or implementing the technology is required.
The team can further take the following steps to successfully implement the technology:
- Ensuring appropriate resources for the technology
- Overseeing the entire administrative and implementation details.
- Dealing with conflicting or contrasting priorities.
A project manager or an integrator must suffice the purpose.
Run a pilot program
Creating a pilot program would be right next step. This will give a picture of the technical possibility to the decision makers apart from serving as a reference demonstration for the employees from the departments of the company. During the process you will untangle a lot of knots like finding out a way to connect the old devices to the new technology and removing the creases to complete various tasks utilising the new technology.
Running a pilot program must be succeeded by setting-up, installation and imparting training.
New technologies are the latest updates on the market and may require your employees to receive extensive training before beginning to proceed. They must be trained thoroughly in order to be capable of using the new device/technology/software. Devise a well-thought of training program before beginning to train. Also, focus on individual attention as different employees may require different levels of training.
Fine-tune the technology before finally launching it to suit your requirement
If you’ve made it to launch, congratulations! You’ve troubleshot your new tech and it’s ready to be implemented.
However, technology implementations don’t perform well when companies “set it and forget it.” A final step for the successful integration of new technology is to evaluate its performance post-installation.
If problems exist, and most likely they will, continue iterating the way you use the new tech or the way it was set up. Don’t forget to lean on your account manager for help. They will be more than happy to make sure your new tech is working for you.
There will almost always be challenges while trying to introduce or learn a new technology. Using the process above, while trying to sympathize with those who struggle with change, will go a long way to successfully implementing your new technology.
Investigate technologies that will solve problems for your company.
Assemble an implementation team to champion the new technology once you’ve chosen it.
Implement the technology through a pilot program to work out kinks and gain buy-in.
Train your employees to use the new tool.
Launch, fine-tuning the tool to fit your needs as you go.
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