We live in the digital age. Modern businesses rely heavily on the internet and new technologies for both internal operations and external visibility – and if you want your business to keep up, you’ll need to find a way to thrive in this technologically advancing age.
One of the best ways to do this is to keep your business technologically agile. In other words, you need to keep your business adaptable and willing to incorporate new technologies on a regular basis. Doing so will help you in several ways:
- Utilizing the latest technology. First, incorporating new technologies regularly will give your business access to more efficient, dynamic tools. These can help your business save time and money, provide better products and services for your customers, and ultimately outcompete your top competitors in the industry.
- Letting go of mistakes and flawed systems. Not all technologies are worth keeping around. Technological agility allows your business to quickly drop or remove systems that are no longer working in your favor; in other words, you can move on faster.
- Future-proofing the business. Technology evolves quickly. Remaining agile means you’ll allow the business to grow naturally in response to the emergence of these new technologies.
The question is, what steps can you take to make your business more technologically agile in the first place?
Adopt an Agile Mindset
Everything starts with your mindset and your business’s guiding philosophy. Consider incorporating “flexibility” or “agility” into your business’s core values and train your leaders to embody these qualities. You need to understand that a business isn’t something you build and keep unchanging for as long as possible; it’s a living, breathing entity that can and should adapt to new circumstances over time.
Once you see the world through these eyes, you’ll be much more likely to notice new changes in your environment and change the business to adapt to them.
Encourage Experimentation With New Systems
Tech adoption is all about experimentation. It’s not always entirely clear that a new app, gadget, or tech infrastructure is going to radically change your business for the better. It’s not always clear whether a new technology is a temporary fad or something that will change the industry forever. It’s up to you to experiment with the technology, see firsthand whether it works the way you need it to, and ultimately choose whether or not to keep it.
If you refuse to experiment, you’ll never learn about new technologies – and your business will stagnate as a result.
Keep All Your Technologies Flexible and Integrable
When choosing new technologies to bring into your business, you should focus on tech that’s flexible and integrable – in other words, it should be easy to change as you learn more about how it works and should be compatible with other tools. These days, technology developers often recognize and priorities these needs.
Flexible technology means you can adjust your integration as you gather data and get used to the system. You can change your integrations, your settings, and even your business operations to be more efficient. And better integrations means you can reliably adopt other new tech in the future without a major disruption or overhaul to what you’re currently doing.
Choose New Tech With Scalability in Mind
Similarly, it’s important to choose new tech with scalability in mind. In other words, this product/system will work well for your business at its current size and operational level, but will it continue to work well as your business grows and expands?
Be Willing to Discard or Abandon What Doesn’t Work
Adaptability isn’t just about incorporating new technologies seamlessly. It’s also about getting rid of the technologies that aren’t working. When you find that a new app or system isn’t justifying its subscription price or that the industry has moved on from a certain tool, you need to be willing to let go and move on.
Train Your Employees Well
You may be a person in charge of making big decisions within the company; for example, you could be the CEO, responsible for directing the company overall, or you may be a CTO, responsible for approving major decisions when it comes to your company’s tech systems. But it’s important for everyone in your company, at every rung of the corporate ladder, to have a flexible, technologically agile mindset.
Well-trained leaders in your organization will be more likely to identify problems with your current technologies and be willing to recommend upgrades and changes. Well-trained employees will be much faster and more efficient when adopting new tech systems.
Being technologically agile isn’t a guarantee that your business is going to succeed, but it will make your organization much more competitive. Work on incorporating these philosophical and organizational changes from the ground up.