Since the global pandemic hit the UK, digital transformation has been a hot topic for many businesses.
Last year, some businesses made the move and digitally transformed with haste to survive; others simply weren’t prepared enough and muddled through lockdowns and home working the best they could (and no doubt felt the sting).
With the cold weather approaching, we all know the threat of the pandemic affecting our daily lives again is a real possibility. If your business hasn’t already undergone a digital transformation, then maybe now is the time?
What does digital transformation mean?
Digital transformation means more than just introducing virtual meetings, it’s about rethinking how your business uses technology, systems and people to not only survive difficult times but to improve the performance of your business long-term.
How can digital transformation help my business?
There are many ways digital transformation can improve your business, here are a few ideas to get you started:
Encourage collaborative working with Teams
You may have started using Teams to hold virtual meetings over the past 12 months, but this tool offers so much more.
With instant chat, co-authored files, and document sharing you can keep a project moving no matter where team members are working from. It’s also a great way to break down silos as you can introduce guests to group chats and even encourage open chat for anyone to partake – a virtual staffroom if you will!
Make the most of your data
Pandemic and home working aside, harnessing data to its full potential is a missed opportunity for many businesses. With the misconception that data should be handled by analysis teams only, other employees miss out on receiving valuable feedback on the success of projects and the opportunity the share their views and ideas.
With a Microsoft app like Power BI, you can take stats and figures from numerous data sources and easily turn them into a coherent business insight suitable for all teams and colleagues to digest. Empowering your employees with data in this way is a sure way to improve planning to drive your business forward.
Gain security by moving to the cloud
Some businesses avoid migration to the cloud due to security concerns. However, your business data is actually safer on the cloud. Cloud services use far more complex security methods than your average PC user and all files are encrypted.
The other valuable benefit of migrating to the cloud is backups. In the event of lost files due to a cyber attack or IT failure, your backups will be safe, and the recovery process will be simple.
Over 90% of businesses report significant improvements in their security since moving their systems to the cloud.
We can help you move with the times
Of course, digital transformation of your business can mean big changes and getting your employees on board can be a challenge. They may feel their roles are in jeopardy with the introduction of new technology or that they don’t have the technical ability to use it.
At Jupiter IT, we’re all about making sure our clients get the most from their tech. With every new IT system you introduce to your business, we’ll be happy to sit with your teams and show them the ropes; helping them recognise the benefits and minimising any impact on their productivity.
If you’d like to discuss how you can digitally transform your business, give us a call. It can be hard to know which tech will benefit your business, and which will simply drain your budget but we’re on hand to give you independent advice with no obligation.