Have you ever mistakenly inserted a USB-A into a USB-C port? For instance, you bought a new laptop with a USB-C port, and upon getting home, you hankered to connect it to a screen extender but couldn’t do so because you forgot to purchase a cable compatible with both devices. A similar scenario happens when you decide to shift or adopt new technologies.
The adoption of new and emerging technologies has paved the way for businesses to take advantage of operational efficiency. Incorporating solutions and upgraded software can benefit companies for more automation, better communication, and sustainable improvements.
However, adopting newer technologies into your existing infrastructure isn’t a one-way street that instantly garners positive results. As more technologies are adopted and challenges arise, businesses are put in a spot that hinders themselves from maximizing their actual technological advancement.
So how can you roll out new software, devices, or protocols to your team without backlash? Here are five tips to successfully implement new technology in your workplace.
Investigation of new technology
Ask yourself this, what’s the purpose of adopting this technology? Is it to solve inefficiencies? Improve your output? While some solutions are apparent, others need a bit of investigation.
As challenges arise, you naturally search for solutions. Just make sure you’re looking into possible solutions from a bird’s eye view. Once you’ve identified the best tech solution, communicate with your employees how it solves a problem.
Integration with legacy systems
You probably witnessed someone skeptical about using a new platform since it seemed unfamiliar. Resistance to change is innate within individuals. Humans naturally react differently to new technologies, especially when there is a gap between the current system interface and the new one. Legacy systems work that way. The only difference is the capacity of legacy systems to adapt to emerging platforms.
Some systems were designed without thinking about what lies ahead. Integrating new technology with a legacy system requires proper evaluation. Existing procedures and platforms need to be adjusted accordingly. Thoroughly review database structures and compare them for a successful migration.
Migration of historical data
You bought a new laptop, and important files from your old laptop need transferring. There are a few ways to do this. One saves files into a hard drive, which means you connect it to the new laptop then wait for a couple of minutes to finish transferring. Second is you automatically sync your account or use the single-click option to copy files. It seems straightforward.
Imagine if you were dealing with company files‚ not just yours, but everyone else’s. Before going live with any new technology, automation is a critical aspect to occur in phases. Automating and mapping out your current workflow provides an efficient roadmap for the transition. It helps minimize disruption and bottlenecks along the process.
Create a training program
Employee collaboration is a crucial success factor. Some people love discovering new technologies, and others resent change. Transparent communication with employees will help you win them over. You can set supplementary benefits to evoke excitement. Training them also gives a feel of the platform or app, making employees comfortable when things roll out. Every new technology adoption requires training, so including training costs into the budget estimation prevents you from getting your feet cold.
Monitoring your data
Never ignore the importance of data and statistics. The great thing about technologies is that it lets you track usage, peak points, and workflow. You can use this to determine whether the technology positively or negatively affects employee productivity. Monitoring data is the most efficient way to measure progress towards your objectives. One of the common pitfalls for technology adoption is forgetting to set and assess metrics. Incorporating it into your plans will bolster a successful rollout.
Protect your new investment
Ensuring your systems remain secure from outside sources has been more critical. Cybercrimes have grown exponentially and have put businesses in danger.
To ensure your legacy systems and new technology stay protected, it is essential that you invest in high-quality cybersecurity services—anti-virus programs, active firewalls, MFA, and detection systems.
Protecting your company assets from outside forces and reinforcing the integrity of your infrastructure will benefit your company in the long run.
Partner with a third-party vendor
Assuming that you have various choices that fit your budget, provide tangible benefits, and have well-designed solutions, the decision now comes down to how the technologies perform in the current and future state of your business.
Developing an in-house solution for your IT needs may seem like the best course of action, but sustaining systems over time can become challenging for businesses of any size. That is where MSPs or third-party vendors come in.
Managed Service Providers prep up your infrastructure for new technology. You employ a team of professionals whose primary mission is to collect, optimize, and ensure your business runs as efficiently as possible. MSPs are experienced in dealing with companies of all shapes and sizes. They have the talent and resources needed to implement sustainable technology solutions that lower overall costs and improve productivity.
What to look for in a technology partner
When seeking a vendor, always look for vendors with a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. Seek for a third-party partner that rejoices with you in small wins and has a history of continuous delivery, no matter the circumstance. Find a partner that is vitally interested in your success and ready to collaborate with your team. Developing a plan of action for technology adoption entails collaborative effort from managers of all departments.
New technology entails hiccups—problems your existing team might not have the knowledge or experience to solve. Turning to MSPs help you navigate through the ins and outs of new technologies with a flexible service model, shared approach to managed services, a solid strategic disaster recovery strategy, and around-the-clock support for your everyday technology needs. You can get a free assessment from BlackPoint IT and act as your partner in every phase of your new technology adoption and migration.