Many business owners and executives struggle when it comes to reviewing new innovation in information technology or just keeping up with how fast things change.
Sometimes it feels like things are changing so quickly that we can’t implement the latest innovations in our businesses before new ones come out and we need to change things again. Here are some principles to keep in mind when thinking about changes in information technology and how you can keep up.
1. It’s Not Happening as Fast as You Think
If you are not in the technology industry, it looks like things come out of nowhere and major disruptive changes happen overnight. While that can be the case with some consumer products or services, technology serving businesses is more of a constant evolution as opposed to a revolution.
For example, Microsoft Office 365 is starting to change how many businesses work and their approach to information technology, but it was launched over three years ago. It was first announced over four years ago. Even today, there isn’t a big rush to migrate to Office 365. It is an opportunity that many businesses are starting to take advantage of and I would expect most would do so over the next 3-4 years.
2. Don’t Panic and Don’t Jump
It can be tempting to hear about a new software or technology and feel “I must have that and implement it right away!” It’s a bit like Shiny Object Syndrome where people get easily distracted from their goals and core activities by something that pops up.
Rushing through a poorly thought through technological change in a large organization will immediately eliminate any benefit you would have received from the change in the first place.
3. How to Implement New Innovation in Information Technology
Unless you are a glutton for punishment, you don’t want to be the first to use a new software or product. If you do, you will be the one finding the bugs in it and reporting it back to the developer. This, again, can eliminate the efficiencies you can gain from implementing the new innovation.
Here are five steps to take when considering an information technology change:
* Listen to the potential benefits
* See how others have implemented the product/service
* Investigate whether it will really solve the pain you need to solve
* Test it
* Then test it again
* And then if the results are positive from that process, implement it across your organization with a strong project plan and a clear idea of the benefits.
4. Ensure You Are Getting Good Advice
You are an expert in your industry, you are likely not an expert with technology. Having people that can keep up with technology innovation for you and provide a regular flow of great advice is critical to the success of your organization.
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