Embarking on the journey of introducing new technology to your business is undoubtedly thrilling. The prospect of enhancing team efficiency and filling gaps in your technology infrastructure is a commendable achievement. However, before hastily implementing your new solution to reap the benefits, there are crucial considerations to bear in mind.
Introducing new technology into your IT infrastructure requires an understanding that change can be challenging for individuals. Predicting whether end users will embrace or resist the change is complex. A well-planned change management strategy is essential before implementing new technology to ensure success and maximize your investment.
Change management is an approach that addresses transformations in organizational processes, objectives, and technology. The goal is to formulate strategies for implementing and governing transformation while facilitating people’s adjustment to it.
Here are key questions to ponder before embarking on your change management journey:
1. What is being changed?
Begin by thoroughly reviewing your business environment to identify critical areas in need of a technological refresh. For instance, if transitioning from backup solution “X” to “Y,” assess the deficiencies of “X,” the reasons for the update, and its significance.
2. What will this change mean for people, processes, and technology?
Effective communication is crucial for successful technological change. Develop strategies to assist employees in adapting to the changes. Understand technology mapping and dependencies to grasp the implications of system downtime for updates. Identify processes that require modification and the individuals overseeing them.
3. Who will manage the change?
Identify change leaders and include their contact information in all communications. Enlisting an executive sponsor to guide the project and ensure adherence to objectives is a wise move.
4. When is the best time to implement this change?
Carefully decide when to introduce a transformation by considering the readiness of your employees. If they are still adjusting to previous changes, postponing the transformation may be prudent. Conversely, if they have adapted well, introducing a new transition could proceed smoothly.
5. How long will the change take?
Balancing the speed of change is crucial. Avoid abrupt shifts that cause confusion or prolonged transitions that dilute the transformation’s purpose. Establishing a realistic deadline and striving to meet it is paramount.
6. Who will reach out for support if something goes wrong?
Anticipate unexpected setbacks by having emergency contacts with diverse skillsets. Collaborating with a managed service provider (MSP) for support in both emergency and non-emergency situations is a wise consideration.
Find the Right Partner
Change is a challenging experience, and without a robust change management strategy, you risk disrupting key processes and causing burnout. Seeking support from an experienced expert like us, with a wealth of knowledge and subject expertise, might be precisely what your company needs. Contact us today to explore how we can navigate these changes together and drive success for your business.