Traditional company processes that you should start your digitalization with

7 months ago - 2 minute(s) read

Digitalization is the obvious answer to outdated traditional processes, but how can you solve something if you don’t perceive it as a problem? More often than not, upper management is prone to old routines that hinder digitalization and hide the real cost of traditional processes.

Whether it is a lack of understanding, fear of change, risk aversion or even employee pushback, these can lead to a resistance to digitalization. Such issues need to be ultimately addressed so the company can evolve beyond traditional processes and benefit of everything digitalization has to offer.

 

In this post we’re having a closer look at the bottlenecks and inefficiencies that can arise with traditional internal processes, hoping that CIOs, CEOs or CTOs will have an Eureka moment and point them out in their own company. 

 

Before running a digitalization audit, have a look at these obvious processes that might slow down efficiency and create unwanted problems.


Manual data entry and paper-based processes. These are usually time consuming and prone to many errors. 


Lack of real-time data visibility. Real-time insights might enable better decision making, through the integration of various systems and data sources.  


Inefficient communication channels. Communication delays or gaps can interfere with collaboration and decision making.

 

Inventory management challenges. Overstocking or stockouts cand significantly impact cashflow and customer satisfaction. 


Complex and time consuming approval processes. Physical documents, signatures and an in-person approvals through the management chain is usually slow. 


Fragmented data and siloed systems. Data being spread across departments and systems can make analysis and reporting a headache. 

These are just some processes that come to mind, but for a structured approach on digitalization, you'll want to perform a solid audit. We're laying down the steps you'll need to take in the list below:

  • Understand the current process
  • Identify pain points and inneficiencies
  • Prioritize processes for digitalization
  • Research digital solutions

 
Even before this audit takes place, you'll want to tackle the resistance towards digitalization. This is probably a key aspect to consider before taking on a company digitalization. You should engage in clear and open communication, provide comprehensive training and support, demonstrate the potential benefits through pilot projects, involve key stakeholders in the decision-making process and shift the company culture towards change and innovation.