Have you ever had that mistake of inserting a USB-A to a USB-C port? For instance, you bought a new laptop with a USB-C port and upon getting home, you hankered to connect to a screen extender, but couldn’t do so because you forgot to purchase a cable that is compatible with both devices. A similar scenario happens when you decide to shift to newer technologies. Challenges arise that you had not foreseen. Costs also add up to the weight of the problem that hinders businesses for technological advancement.
1. 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 adopt 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.
2. 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 is saving 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.
3. Team sport
Employee collaboration is a key 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, which in turn can make 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.
4. Monitoring 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 derive insights on whether the technology is positively or negatively affecting the productivity of employees. 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.
Developing a plan of action for technology adoption entails collaborative effort from managers of all departments. Small businesses only have one to two managers who wear different hats. You can get a free assessment from Blackpoint IT and act as your partner in every phase of the migration.