Trick or Treat?

Yes, in many places Halloween will be a bit different this year, but that doesn't mean it’s any less scary. There’s plenty out there to haunt our dreams at night and make us lie awake in dread. Take digital transformation, for example. Is there anything quite as terrifying as a digital transformation gone awry? Or, having legacy systems that have been stitched together like Frankenstein’s monster and then left to terrorize its creators and the rest of the company as it runs amok? In fact, the biggest killer of digital transformation efforts is usually existing outdated software applications built on disconnected technology stacks.

But, there’s no need to take up your torches and pitchforks to fight this monster. Now, more than ever, it’s time to address the missing links that determine success or failure in your digital transformation. So, let us show you a few of the “tricks” you need to avoid so that your organization can build a sustainable path forward, with fewer resources, in less time, and with better outcomes.

Trick: Your business is being killed by outdated and disconnected processes and technology. You are trapped with inefficient, error-prone processes that are increasingly making data and people disconnected. Often, new technologies are incorporated to solve this, but to no avail—leading to just one more piece in a constantly changing and puzzling IT application landscape.

Treat: Root out the “walking dead” by getting a clear and in-depth understanding about any and all of your processes and the technologies associated with them. Determine why these processes are what they are and the objective they are trying to accomplish. Why do they exist? After you’ve done this assessment is there a benefit? When companies run into dead-end processes, or applications that don’t fit the requirement, they inevitably end up with someone needing to manually update someone on another team—and that costs both time and money and can often result in miscommunication.

Trick: Projects that are haunted by being either too big or too small. You don’t want to get trapped by projects that will not end, nor do you want projects that are too small to make a significant impact.

Treat: The best approach to determine if your digital transformation project is “right-sized” is through Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) or Proof of Concepts (POCs). Both approaches demonstrate a certain set of processes or an application idea in order to test its feasibility—this helps gain business acceptance. They will also help you prove to executive leadership that the project can address the risk, impacts, and results to support your stated business objectives, while minimizing risk of project failure.

Trick: No clear direction for what happens next. When you’re lost in the spooky woods and being chased by ghosts of failed projects past, it’s good to have a (road)map!

Treat: Each project on your digital transformation roadmap should be designed to keep you on the right path, focusing on the project’s:

  • Priority in relation to business objectives
  • Value to the business
  • How it improves and standardizes processes
  • Communication—keeping engaged with stakeholders and decision-makers

Once you know what “tricks” are potentially lurking out there, waiting to disrupt your digital transformation efforts, you’re going to want to make sure you have a platform that offers the resiliency and flexibility you need to deliver change to your organization. Aras Innovator Platform, which is open, configurable, and continually upgradeable will help build a sustainable path forward, with fewer resources, in less time and with better outcomes. Now, that isn’t so scary, is it?

For more on this topic, check out our new eBook: How to Remove 5 Obstacles to Digital Transformation