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How to Succeed With Digital Transformation Projects

The digital wave has impacted every possible industry and stirred ripples across the globe. Terms like artificial intelligence and machine learning are common vocabulary and we are now creating digital avatars of ourselves in the metaverse. In a setting like this, it’s crucial to keep a pulse on digital trends and prepare for transformation.

Digital transformation must become a priority for organizations that don’t want to get left behind in an increasingly competitive market where data drives decision-making. However, technological solutions can be difficult to assess and deploy due to inadequate expertise in the subject area. This is why companies are increasingly turning to digital consultants and interim experts to fill these skill gaps.

Along with their deep industry knowledge, digital experts also bring added organizational flexibility to projects as they can hit the ground running from day one. Experienced IT consultants can not only take on the technical challenges your organization faces but also enhance the effectiveness of communication and project management on your teams.

However, before embarking on your digital transformation journey, it is a good idea to ask yourself the following questions: 

  • What could enterprise digital transformation mean for my business?
  • What key processes need to be digitalized?
  • How can we create value for our customers through digitalization?
  • What type of digital transformation initiatives are competitors pursuing?

In the last years, some digital projects have gained popularity across industries, including:

  • ERP implementation projects
  • SCRUM projects
  • IT migration projects
  • IT strategy projects
  • Operational excellence projects

When it comes to Digital Transformation projects, there are some key success factors that come into play. In my opinion, there are three main factors that can determine the success or failure of any transformation project.

Success Factors for Digital Transformation Projects

Support from Leadership

For any transformation and change project to truly be successful, it is of the utmost importance that top level leadership fully supports the consultant or external team in their operations. This includes providing the consultants with all the company information that they might need so they can thoroughly understand the organization’s unique challenges and provide customized recommendations.

If an organization’s leadership is willing to champion a transformation project, the chances of success have dramatically increased. The other factors listed here will not guarantee project success if the company leadership is not supportive of the project objectives.

Openness to Changing Processes

Many organizations are in a state of inertia that holds them back from change. They are accustomed to using outdated tools and processes which have been in place for years or even decades. Although these old tools might fulfill the basic needs of the organization, they will most often not provide the competitive edge needed to stay ahead of the curve.

Digital transformation projects have the potential to tap into powerful growth opportunities by bringing new technologies, tools, and processes that enhance operational efficiency and agility. However, to  take advantage of their full capacity, these technologies must be adopted by employees across departments and hierarchies. This is why organizational culture plays a crucial role for such projects.

Having an open mindset to change and being willing to try new ways of doing things is essential to generate the best results from a digital transformation endeavor.

A Hands-on Approach and Experimental Team 

Lastly, for a digital transformation project to achieve the planned ROI, it is vital to try different approaches and solutions. Each organization has a unique set of challenges and goals, and there is no single digital solution for them all. It is highly likely that a digital transformation consultant will recommend a few different tactics that should be experimented with before finally deciding on the best solution.

This iterative approach enhances project agility and significantly reduces the chances of project failure. Through a constant experimentation and feedback process, your team is much more likely to arrive at the right solution in a relatively short amount of time.

If your organization has a hands-on team that is accommodating of experimentation and enthusiastic about testing unconventional approaches, then a digital transformation project can be the answer to your growth challenges.

Project Experience 

With COMATCH, I was able to pursue a digital transformation project with PMG Germany. Due to their collaborative approach and open culture, the project was a great success, and an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

At COMATCH, we believe that collaborating with the right people is key to success. Send in a project request now to connect with professionals who can swiftly identify and address your IT challenges.