No crisis is an isolated, neatly contained incident, and the COVID-19 outbreak is exceptional by any standards. In order to future-proof and position your organization’s sustainable long-term growth, digital transformation requires a combination of talent, digital skills, and the use of available technologies.
With no end – or certainty – insight, it necessitates that organizations turn these circumstances into opportunities to upskill their employees while using technologies that are available to them. Across industries, organizations need talented employees who know how to use new technologies in-line with business objectives, are acquainted with emerging digital business models to achieve business goals and can adapt to new and evolving approaches and methods that can contribute to business growth.
At this moment, the effective use of technology has never been more critical. There has been a huge rise in remote working as part of the campaign to reduce person-to-person contact and potential coronavirus infections.
Whether employees are a digital novice or fairly comfortable with technology, there cannot be a better time to dive deep into technologies, and upskilling can help in this digital transformation with the use of new applications. Workforce upskilling helps your employees stay on top of new business best practices and ensures your company is competitive. This can lead to a more well-rounded cross-trained workforce while increasing team effectiveness. This can be made possible with the effective use of technology and signals a massive chance for to meet the needs of a new economy.
Using the right technology
A powerful technology core is imperative in building a pandemic-proof business; however, the efforts would not succeed without the right organizational culture. Embracing organizational transition, especially from a technology perspective, is central to establishing a well-prepared business continuity plan. Employees are central to this and providing them with the right technological tools and knowledge is vital.
SYSPRO offers a variety of products that lets businesses decide how they want to interact with the system and let them operate it their way. These products can be molded according to the businesses’ needs. Products such as SYSPRO Expresso provide access to ERP business data and information. SYSPRO Avanti, a web-based interface, allows businesses to operate efficiently and choose the device that best meets the task at hand, whether in office, on the shop floor, or at home.
SYSPRO Harmony is a user-friendly social media-type platform. It is embedded into SYSPRO ERP and designed to streamline business processes and improve communication channels. Harmony encourages users to engage with SYSPRO through a personalized, familiar, and easy to use interface, increasing collaboration between colleagues. It enables a younger generation of workers to easily and comfortably function within the ERP environment with minimal training.
An organization that embraces the organizational and technological changes along with the upskilled employees can make the most of the opportunity arising from these difficult times will emerge better and stronger. The best any organization can do is start anticipating what may come and begin strategically planning their next move. Now is as good a time as any to become familiar with upskilling and reskilling your employees and using the technology available.
A silver lining in this situation is that organizations can use this as an opportunity to take solid steps and prepare their technology infrastructure and workforce for a future of extensive automation and smarter process frameworks – ensuring better resiliency in case there is a repetition of the current global situation.