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It is possible to give your business a distinct competitive advantage by making good use of IT.
Advances in technology enable you to communicate ever more effectively and to distribute information quickly and accurately. This will save a lot of time and increase productivity.
The internet has revolutionised the way we conduct our businesses. The internet no longer use to communicate and interact with customers and suppliers, market themselves, access information and buy and sell products, but also with other electronics and equipments that able to access and integrate with internet, i.e. internet of things.
Advancements like video conferencing, webinars and mobile technology enable different ways of deploying staff. Hot desking and remote working can allow increased productivity, improved communication and more flexible working methods. In fact, to an extend, we no longer need a physical office premises, everyone can work from home!
Cloud technology and enablement offers everything i.e. ERP, document management, back office support, accessible virtually via smart phones, tablets or laptops. We no longer require to invest hefty IT infrastructure to start a business.
Even if you in need of IT investment, in the smallest companies, integrated databases and systems can bring significant cost savings and improvements in efficiency.
Use IT to deliver more values in your business!
When you introduce a change in your organization, often you will get some form of resistance from your subordinates or your peers.
You can practice the following questions to help you in the change process where it may change your subordinates/peers’ attitudes from avoidance into acceptance.
- From “Why?” to “What new opportunities will this change provide?” When you rare being asked “why,” you should focus on the benefits that the change will provide for the individuals and the organization.
- From “How will this affect me?” to “What problems will this solve?” You should let your subordinates/peers know what the problem is and how they will be part of the solution.
- From “We do not do it this way” to “What will be the result if we do it this new way?” One of the first reactions is that a process never has been done this way. You should provide explanations and empathy.
- From “When will this be over so that we can get back to work?” to “What can I do to help?” You should get employees involved in implementing the change.
By positively promoting a change, you can makes others want to be part of it and should be made to feel as though the change could not have happened without them.
The most successful companies are those that have matured beyond simply linking IT strategy and the business, and instead have established a fully integrated operating environment.
The following are the seven habits for gaining maximum value from IT Governance, based on A.T. Kearney research and experience working with a wide variety of clients – from multinational conglomerates and old-line businesses to rapidly growing start up companies.
Source: AT Kearney Inc, 2008