Digital transformation holds the potential to completely change your business. In a good way. Digital transformation takes all of the outdated or time-consuming parts of your operations, and digitizes them to help your company make the most of its resources.
Whatever you do on paper can be done on screens, for example. Repetitive tasks, previously handled manually, can be automated with ease.
Moving existing computer systems to the cloud takes advantage of having your data anywhere, at any time. The opportunities are endless.
The trick is to implement digital transformation in a sustainable way, by budgeting for it appropriately from the start.
Getting Everyone on Board
It’s important to remember that digital transformation is not just about the tech. Your business will have to undergo a cultural shift, too, to stick with the idea that innovation, change, and flexibility is a good thing. You can’t budget for attitude, of course, but your investments can certainly help foster this approach.
In most companies, budgeting happens from the top down. This means that leadership and directors need to be on board with digital transformation. One way to prove that it can work is by asking for budgeting or funding for a small transformation project first.
When you can show the positive impact of something small, or even a proof of concept or prototype, full buy-in is far more likely.
As with budgeting for any initiative, digital transformation benefits from prioritization. Trying to completely transform your company all at once is a recipe for disaster. Instead, look at what could benefit most from being digitized first.
If you are in close competition with another company that is transforming, you need to defend your position through digital transformation. Or, if your company is considering being one of the first in your industry or region to transform with new technology, consider budgeting in a way that gets you out ahead of the competition.
Whatever you fund should have a data-driven, measurable impact on your business operations to make it worthwhile.
With these priorities in place and C-suite buy-in, you can then track and report on the business growth your company gains from digital transformation.
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