Before you jump head first into implementing the newest and greatest in business technology solutions, make sure the decision and the technology align with the larger goals of your business.
Many times people go for the flash and status of having the newest technology, and never actually consider how it will work in their physical space, with the business, and with their employees.
In companies of any size, it is not uncommon to see technology departments with their own goals and budget, in addition to company larger goals and budgets. When technology departments are making decisions independently, that are not aligned with company goals a gap in adoption and implementation can occur. You may think that this issue only happens in large companies, but that is not true. Misaligned decisions about technology can occur in a company of any size.
When it comes to choosing business technology solutions, here are a few things to consider that will ensure everyone is informed and aligned with technology direction of the company.
•The Horse Comes Before the Cart
Technology should not dictate your work process; technology should enhance your work process making it more productive and efficient. In many cases you need to revamp your work processes before selecting and investing in new business technology solutions. Applying new technology to an antiquated work process will be counterproductive and may not work in many cases. Your business technology solutions should enhance your business not weaken your business.
•Avoid Hasty Decisions
In today’s fast paced world people tend to make decisions on a whim, and that is never how you should make decisions about business technology solutions. These decisions need to be thoughtfully made as they impact the future success of your business. You should also take time to seek input from a technology professional that is not associated with selling the product and professionals that are using the product.
•Ability to Scale
As you choose new business technology solutions, make sure that it is able to grow and evolve with your business. Avoid situations where an entire system will need to be replaced or have pieces/parts tacked on to an older system. These scenarios can cause unnecessary headaches and expenses. Selecting a system that offers investment protection and flexibility will benefit your business in the long term.