Digital Transformation

Steps to Breaking Digital Transformation Silos

Written by Stacie Palfrey

Digital transformation is embraced by many companies, ranging through every sector. In a fast paced, ever evolving digital world, technology not only provides opportunities for financial growth - it can enable a better working environment for employees and aid customer satisfaction.

Whilst digital transformation takes many forms within a business, all data systems need to work together and integrate in the company’s internal processes. Delivering a cohesive and streamlined strategy is imperative for a successful digital transformation. 

Here we will look at solutions that break down common silos holding you back from enabling your business for success.
1) Create an enterprise-wide transformation vision

Digital transformation is not just technical. It can encompass the culture and procedures of a workplace. Changes that you make can affect how employees companywide work every day. When creating a blueprint for your digital transformation, look to how it can aid the business as a whole rather than focusing on one department you may deem needs help. Transforming one area of the business will leave departments behind and may hinder internal department to department processes.

2. Incentivise around common goals

Making a change and getting people on board to adapt their behaviour and routine isn’t easy. However, if you want to take the next step in your digital transformation journey, it is a hurdle that must be tackled. Relating the change in processes back to a company’s aims and objectives can help this shift in performance and rewarding those who achieve these goals can help reduce the risk of deterring to old habits.

3. Break down data silos with a single access to data

Many businesses operate by splitting the organisation into departments, and while this is often an essential business strategy, the visibility of information between departments can lull and create data silos - at great detriment to your company. As part of your digital transformation, consolidating data management programs can help the flow of data within the business and allow employees to work easier and together.

4. Plan for a digital-first organisation

Planning for a digital first organisation is about conquering those roadblocks that can prevent you from adapting and overcoming changes that are crucial for business success. Customers are typically happy to adjust to changes in habits if it establishes an improved service – meaning it is imperative you are agile enough to respond to changes in the industry. Decision makers within an organisation that possess willingness to embrace technology and behavioral changes are key to a digital first strategy. Further to this, breaking down those silos that exist within most businesses and opening the flow of data and KPIs throughout the organisation can advance a successful digital transformation.

5. Foster collaboration

Businesses of all sizes are experiencing the benefits of collaboration apps and services. The results have led to an accelerated digital transformation by connecting colleagues in fast and efficient ways allowing for stronger employee engagement and productivity. Examples of successful collaboration applications include group chat and task-management apps, video conferencing and shared work areas. These solutions demonstrate how making data and information more accessible can freely break down silos that hinder collaborated work and aid with adjusting a work environment.

6. Smarter tools and talent

As we have discussed, a big part of digital transformation’s success is not just the technology, it is how it’s received and the consistency in its adoption. Maintaining and managing an innovative IT environment is time consuming and requires expertise, one of many reasons why businesses rely on a managed service provider.

At SysGroup we help design the roadmap for our customer’s technical transformation as well as peace of mind in its operation that spans far beyond deployment. We have certified experts on hand, to create applications and solutions that fit your business needs and objectives. Once you are up and running, we can monitor your infrastructure allowing you to focus on your business. You can trust that we have the extensive knowledge base to help create a digital platform and IT transformation that aligns with your business strategy and aid in its future growth.

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