Introducing a guide for making use of modern technology platforms to turn your company into a digital enterprise

March 22, 2019

On the background of their legacy systems becoming increasingly obsolete, due to emerging technology and shorter IT life cycles, the companies of today face the dire need of modernizing their systems. The Strategy-business.com publication listed a series of principles, meant to serve as guidelines.

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Let’s follow the lead of Strategy-business.com and explore the most important principles that should guide the process of becoming a digital enterprise.

Of course, we can reveal right now that in our opinion a key element is having a modern, leading-edge ERP software, and SAP is the right way to go when choosing your business software system. The SAP tools tick all the boxes from your strategy.

 

  1. The business case for modernization should always consider what are the important outcomes for customers

You will need a couple of clever questions to trigger the correct answers in terms of goals and outcomes.

You will also need to mobilize your “functional experts from areas such as IT, strategy, R&D, customer interaction, and operations” and allow them to work together for the project.

 

  1. Think in terms of standardization and simplification, when it comes to your internal IT architecture

Since you are heading for the moment of linking and connecting former separate systems and data generators into one integrated environment, it only makes sense. The SaaS model is highly advantageous for businesses, but using it requires previous simplification.

 

  1. Use a MVP (Minimum Viable Product) approach when designing your new architecture

Think of flexibility and speed over functionality and cover those main features that are “absolutely necessary to demonstrate the system’s value” in the design stage. In the digital enterprise, you need a core that stands for development and expansion. You will also need to think ahead in a way that would make sure your modern system will still be modern in 3, 5 or more years, a thing only the solutions conceived to grow together with the environment will provide.

 

  1. Know, discover, encourage and train… your workforce that is in contact with the new systems

You will need the fast learners on board, as well as understanding the slower learners’ reasons and including them in a strategy that would end up with everybody using the new technology in the best possible way.

 

  1. Learn to see technology as a set of services

Modularity is implied in the 3rd principle, and with it comes the outsourcing and dynamical management of services. Your software provider will learn and understand much more about your processes than it used in the past, because they need to do this in order to design, configure and deliver the best suited array of functionalities for your needs. The premise for a future support lucrative relationship is this way already set. In turn, being open about their services when it comes to their end customers was the way to go for various companies – when making the transition to digital enterprises. Adding functions, rerouting operations to adapt to the new system, growing together with the adopted platform – all these can be done in a transparent manner, since customers appreciate companies that wisely invest in new technology meant to deliver a better experience.

 

For the rest of the insights, you can browse the original article here. It proves an interesting, satisfying read & we recommend it.

Also, give us a call and let’s talk about your journey towards being a digital enterprise, with SAP and with us as a proud SAP partner! We are here to help you get there and succesfully leap into the future of business.

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