Digital transformation is not a one-size-fits-all plan. It’s a complex system of thought that effectively integrates digital technologies to better your business functions. As industries continue their path to applying digital solutions into common enterprise practices, digital transformation is fundamentally changing how we accomplish work.
On the frontline, the need for digital transformation is even more apparent.
Traditionally, the frontline has been lacking in its variety of available digital solutions, especially when you compare these workers to their office counterparts. While there’s no one cause for this disparity, it’s becoming more obvious that digital transformation must include the frontline workforce.
There’s no ‘right way’ to accomplish digital transformation as long as it helps you accomplish your enterprise goals. However, here are our top tips to consider as you begin to modernize your enterprise.
Do: Align Digital Transformation Goals with your Business Strategy
Relating your digital transformation to what your workers are doing and to your overall business strategy often leads to more success through implementation and deployment. Without a clear understanding of how digital transformation will better your enterprise, you run the risk of the two plans competing against each other rather than working together.
A good digital transformation journey will impact many different aspects of your enterprise.
From an outside perspective, digital transformation can seem random. By leadership reiterating how it’s strategically advantageous to your business and that the project aligns with your overall business strategy, workers and stakeholders will remain engaged and focused on the key impact it will have once completed.
Don’t: Pursue Modernization Carelessly
There’s a thin line between strategically planning and selecting a digital transformation objective to pursue and needlessly throwing money into the latest trend. Most digital transformation projects begin with the greatest intentions, but quickly divulge into a never-ending journey with no clear objective.
But that doesn’t have to be the case.
The best digital transformation projects are targeted, focused and lean in on data. The purpose and goals are clearly outlined from the beginning as they align with your overall business goals. Digital transformation projects are notorious for going off schedule and over budget. By consistently referring to your business strategy and being selective in what you choose to pursue, you should see greater success in all your future digital transformation projects.
Do: Prioritize Security
During the transition to a modern digital solution, enterprises can be vulnerable to cyberattacks if precautions aren’t taken. While security threats shouldn’t deter any organization from pursuing digital transformation, they should maintain their cybersecurity efforts while the enterprise shifts.
Many enterprises have chosen to strengthen their cybersecurity efforts using digital transformation.
Worker communication has traditionally left enterprises open to threats, for example phishing email scams, open networks and insecure connections. These potential threats have led many industry leaders to prioritize implementing a secure digital communication platform via their digital transformation efforts.
Don’t: Get Frustrated
Digital transformation projects rely on collaboration amongst teams, compromise with major stakeholders and, most importantly, patience. Slow progress can be discouraging, but these projects are complex and are fundamentally changing how your enterprise operates and performs.
Clear communication between frontline workers, middle managers and those leading your digital transformation efforts will be key to your project’s success.
Through the walt™ smart radio, every worker can communicate updates and collaborate with others nearby to solve issues, regardless of where they are within the enterprise. weavix™ also has its full data acquisition and application component for leaders to supervise with full transparency.
Using digital solutions like these can make digital transformation an easier endeavor and keep those involved from getting frustrated throughout the process.
Do: Focus on the Long-Term Successes of Digital Transformation
In the short-term, digital transformation projects are typically perceived negatively: they are often expensive, take a long time to implement, are complicated and require an intense audit of what exists and how it can be better. For some, this would be enough to keep them from starting a digital transformation project, but the primary focus for any digital transformation endeavor should remain on its long-term benefits and successes.
There are a variety of reasons to pursue digital transformation, and the most profound are due to their long-term possibilities and achievements.
A successful digital transformation project should be defined and measured by what you set out to accomplish with it from the beginning. Digitalizing key business processes and responsibilities now, especially on the frontline, can have a compounding effect on your enterprise, allowing you to experience more success and benefits both in the short and long term.
Your strategic business goals and objectives can be supported through your enterprise’s digital transformation efforts with proper planning and implementation. weavix™ applies the most common digital transformation principles to improve frontline communication, safety and productivity.
To see how weavix™ can support your enterprise goals through digital transformation, schedule a demo.
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