Digitisation: more flexibility for staff and companies

In times of industry 4.0, companies are building fully networked and highly automated production halls. Companies like yours were perhaps founded a few decades ago in the traditional way, which is why they naturally cannot be rebuilt ad hoc and highly digitized. They have to go other ways: Digitalization offers you the opportunity to further optimize your existing processes - to a higher degree than before - and thus create more room for flexibility. For example through the use of cloud computing. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator

As the CEO of a medium-sized company, you know all too well what challenges the current market situation brings: in a time where products are offered online at unbeatable prices, potential customers have precise product expectations and the next provider is just a mouse click away, flexibility is key. Also, your employees now want not only better linking of individual departments and sites, but also more flexibility and mobility for their own workplace. And this is precisely one of the biggest benefits of digitisation: it brings opportunities and possibilities to make the working world inside your company more flexible.

As an executive grappling with these opportunities and developing them with your staff, you can establish an innovative pioneer role internally - which is usually automatically visible on the outside too. Flexible work times, home office and training can increase efficiency and ensure more employee satisfaction at the same time.

The basis for this could be cloud computing services.

You’ll be surprised: digitisation is fun

Companies that rely on digital transformation benefit not only from economic factors such as increased flexibility, more efficient operational processes and a more robust competitive edge. According to a survey carried out by Bitkom, the German association for the information and telecommunications industry, 36 percent of small and medium-sized enterprises that have a digital strategy show increased employee motivation through better involvement in decision-making processes. Digitisation doesn’t just pay off financially, but is also a breath of fresh air in your company.

Digitisation: five steps to more flexibility
  • No more silo thinking 

Your actions should be cross-departmental, cross-functional and cross-project. Digitisation requires that all staff work together - and the linking of all software programmes to create one IT solution. This lets you tackle (often error-ridden) manual data entry, such as material notes, storage lists and delivery notes. So you save time as well as create structure and clarity.

  •  See data as an important resource 

A thorough process design in IT and data processing ensures that business processes seamlessly interact: from collection, reading and classification to processing and export - potentially with an ERP system (enterprise resource planning). So you always have an overview of the statuses of all projects and your company’s resources.

  • Virtualise all processes 

What’s so great about digitisation? The data from all processes can be virtualised so it can be presented visually. This means it will be available and evaluable for virtual applications - in the cloud, for instance. This automation lets you reduce your administrative IT workload, saving costs and making your company more flexible and faster.

  • Liberate yourself 

The measures outlined above increase your company’s flexibility. But not if you carry on using isolated IT solutions. Only a cloud can offer you real independence in investments, operation and the required performance. So, when choosing a suitable service, make sure that all systems will be harmonised with one another and all data can be used together.

  • Create autonomy for departments 

With cloud computing, your IT investments will reduce, so you will have more free capital available for operative and strategic investments. The improved cost-benefit ratio will mean you can introduce digital innovations more quickly, and your IT unit will have more freedom to choose the right solutions. Step by step, you will establish company processes that cross-fertilise each other.

Get partners on board

It is clear that professionals are required to implement a holistic IT solution. So you should rely on the support of a solution partner. They will speed up the implementation of your digitisation strategy or make it possible in the first place. Especially smaller and medium-sized enterprises with their streamlined IT departments can manage their digital transformation more easily and quickly.