Making changes in life is pretty difficult, right? We’re all so used to our routines that even changing grocery stories can seem a little daunting. After all, you’re not sure if they carry the meat you like and the thought of having to memorize a completely new layout is downright scary. But venturing outside your comfort zone has its merits – and usually is what leads to discovering new things and growing personally. Businesses have a good idea of how their technology works. They train their employees on their line of business application and have certain processes that they stick to. Sometimes these processes prevent them from taking their technology to the next level. We see prospects every day that can stand to benefit from technology innovation, yet not all of them take the leap they should to get their technology updated. Why is that? It’s not generally because they don’t agree that something has to change… Here are a few reasons that you still refuse to innovate your technology and how you can overcome them:
Process is so important in business, isn’t it? But getting those processes on paper and training your employees to follow them (and stick to them) can be cumbersome. But you know that in order to operate efficiently and have your team on the same page that it is essential for everyone to follow protocol when it comes to business processes and technology. For this reason, many business owners and managers shy away from change. But what they may not realize is that the right IT partner will not only help you document processes, but also help you get your employees up to speed once the changes are implemented. Routine is important, but not at the cost of increased efficiency and innovation.
It’s hard to admit that you may have become complacent in your business, particularly if things are pretty comfortable. Along with routine, this is another reason that we see prospects that don’t end up pulling the trigger on projects or really taking their technology to the next level. If you’re relatively comfortable with the growth and operations of your organization, there are few reasons to change things right now. But what you’ll eventually find is complacency is a great way to fall behind and potentially lose your most technology savvy customers. Customers are always looking for businesses that do things better, more efficiently and use the most up to date technology. Because technology is almost always changing, you can’t afford to be complacent.
“What if” scenarios are another big reason that many companies still refuse to innovate technology. Whether they’ve been burned in the past on a technology project or whether they’re too worried about the obstacles they’ll encounter, fear is a huge reason for avoiding technology innovation in business. But what’s more scary to you? Switching over to the cloud, adopting new security policies and software or becoming obsolete as your customers move to your competition one by one? I’ll take even a large IT project hiccup over the latter any day of the week.
Ah, money. There’s never enough and it’s the motivating factor behind most business decisions. But those that use money as a reason to avoid technology innovation just aren’t looking at the big picture. Always have your IT partner give you the business impact analysis of any technology project that you’re considering. You can almost always bet that the technology is going to save you money somewhere along the line. If it doesn’t, there’s little reason to do it.
There’s always going to be a reason that you shouldn’t do something. Don’t let your reasons inhibit the growth of your organization. Because no matter what importance you place on technology inside your company, innovating the state of your technology will always help your business grow. Whether that means fielding more customer service calls, delivering more orders to your clients or boosting security to avoid liability and downtime – it’s worth it. Stop using excuses as a reason to avoid technology innovation. Make a change.