It’s no secret that the pandemic hugely accelerated digital transformation and innovation, change management and even wider transformation projects. This trend has not slowed down now that the pandemic is (nearly) behind us and it’s more crucial than ever that tech leaders find efficient ways to navigate the new digital-first, post-pandemic world through transformation and innovation.
Digital transformation trends 2021
Tech leaders should continue to look for and enjoy unbridled success in finding new ways to innovate their organisations. There have been many success stories of companies leveraging digital transformation to not only stay afloat during the pandemic, but to prosper. Digital transformation trends that have proved to be particularly successful include:
- Service innovation
- Data analytics
- Collaboration tools
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Machine learning
However, while there may have been huge advances made in the sophistication and intuitiveness of tech applications that optimise decision making processes and day-to-day tasks, the post-pandemic world has very different requirements.
The success of remote working, flexible hours, and video conferencing are likely to take precedence in the working world for the foreseeable future and we may never really see a return to the pre-pandemic work culture that was office-oriented. These factors mean we need to change the way we approach successfully achieving and deploying digital innovation to suit the post-pandemic world.
Digital transformation was never an easy task, but now with tech teams working remotely there are new and exciting challenges to meet!
10 secrets to foster digital innovation
1. Unified communication channels
Most organisations have found great ways to communicate when working remotely using platforms like Microsoft Teams, Slack, Zoom, Skype Business, etc. To successfully foster digital innovation, you’ll need to ensure your entire company is using the same platform, and establish communications, chats, streams, etc., with the right stakeholders to ensure they’re informed of all developments, also encouraging ideas exchanges and collaboration!
2. Secure the basics
With the move to flexible working came some logistical hiccups; leaving centralised offices with good – and importantly secure – internet connections posed some challenges initially for tech teams.
With the rollout of 5G we’ll see what this looks like in the future. But for now, ensure your team has the basics in place and be understanding if there are fluctuations and issues.
3. Get the right tools in place
When it comes to picking out your tools there are so many amazing platforms to choose from! We found that tools with clear, functional dashboards are the best for keeping meetings, task statuses, projects, goals, and even events clearly organised for leaders and their teams. Some of the most talked about platforms include:
- Monday to organise complex projects in a clear and easy-to-understand way
- Trello to create to do boards, assign tasks and manage the feedback process
- Notion to create visual product roadmaps with cross-functional collaboration enablement
- Hive offers flexible work board views and has lots of integration functions to create a centralised dashboard
- GanttPRO allows you to create project flows, timelines and even control expenses for full start-finish project mapping
Encourage collaboration and input from other departments and teams. What may be obvious functionalities for them may not be for you, and vice versa. But be sure to have a streamlined way of gathering ideas from other teams with clear documentation, ownership and outcomes.
5. Stay agile
Tech leaders will be familiar with adapting to new processes, new information, new deadlines or KPIs, but it’s also crucial for the wider business to adapt the way it operates to encourage a more digital mindset.
6. Plan for what you need now, then the future
Being able to successfully lead your organisation with tech innovation projects and initiatives is a balancing process between optimising your current organisational set-up while also thinking ahead to the future. Keep it simple – focus on what you need to do now, will do next and can do later.
7. Leverage market insight
Properly using market insight can ensure your digital innovation initiatives are focused on implementing the best processes and systems available for your company, budget and usage.
8. Become customer obsessed
Leveraging data analytics allows you to understand how your customers are engaging with your product. Make sure you can adapt and change to an ever evolving and competitive landscape.
9. Build the right team
Ensuring you have a team of talented and motivated experts who are committed problem solvers will help to keep your business objectives on track. Ensure you’re always working towards and achieving your KPIs, OKRs, goals and group mission.
10. Think outside the box
When it comes to building your team, try to think outside the box when assessing skills. Of course it’s vital that you have the right technical skills, competencies and experience in place, but what about soft skills like leadership qualities, being able to effectively communicate technical processes to non-technical people, and finding someone with a passion for the product? Finding talented tech professionals with the right soft skills will help support your digital innovation projects and help foster future innovation.
How can we help?
Do you ever wish you had a recruitment specialist who cares as much about your business as you do? A team who can work alongside you to ensure everyone is pulling in the same direction?
At Formula, we get to know you, your organisation and what you’re trying to achieve in the long-term to make sure we get you there! We source high-quality talent with a view to your current needs, and your long-term strategy. Get in touch to find out how we can help you today.