It’s nearly the year 2020. Nearly-ish. Not so long ago, that date sounded so very futuristic, but time marches on apace, and somehow it seems that (albeit not literally), the future is now! Yet many organisations still don’t have in place the kind of digital systems and processes that one might have anticipated would be de rigeur at this point in time, given the availability and affordability of the enabling technology.
Digital maturity has proven elusive for many companies, which is understandable as it’s a goal that, by definition, can never be fully achieved (unless technology stops progressing). However, there’s a lot to be said for striving for digital maturity, through the process of digital transformation. Companies that don’t at least aim for a high level of digital fluency will struggle to remain competitive, and risk doing everything the hard way, by default.
Here’s our list of some of the most telling signs that the achievement of digital maturity is proving elusive in your organisation. We’ve deliberately picked a broad cross-section, to reflect what it takes to be ‘across digital’. Some points may seem trivial, but are actually symptomatic of greater organisational challenges. In time, you’ll be able to click through to more detail on each, as we serialise this blog with a deeper dive on each point.
- 1 – The company believes that extensive use of email, equates to ’embracing technology’; internal communication is mostly via email
- 2 – You send attachments as the primary means of sharing files
- 3 – You send invoices by post, or as Word attachments
- 4 – You think ‘collaboration’ is just an empty buzzword
- 5 – Your business systems are not connected to each other, in any way
- 6 – You create your monthly reports manually, in a spreadsheet
- 7 – You think you need specialist tools to create a pdf
- 8 – You don’t have multi-factor authentication in place for your business critical applications
- 9 – It hasn’t yet dawned on you that you now own a media channel
- 10 – Your employees think it’s better to ringfence information and protect their role, than to share information and improve their team game
- 11 – You have not yet adopted e-signatures
- 12 – You see the IT department as the only way to get line-of-business apps built and deployed
- 13 – Worst of all? You’re indifferent about some or all of the above, and don’t recognise the transformative benefits of striving for digital maturity
- 14 – You don’t have a digital mindset at board level
It may be that you can identify with only one or two of the points above….or ALL of them. Either way, we’ll be taking you through each one over the next few weeks and months, giving you the tools and knowledge you need to achieve the next level of digital growth. Until next time!