The Technological Imperative: Implementing Fast-Emerging Technologies Crippled by Slow-Adopting Organizations

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The Technological Imperative: Implementing Fast-Emerging Technologies Crippled by Slow-Adopting OrganizationsUndoubtedly, technology is moving forward with leaps and bounds. Why then, are some organizations failing to fully benefit from that new technology? In our opinion, for the most part, the failure is the result of corporate management’s hesitance in adopting new hardware, software and procedures. Even those organizations that spend money on new technologies often do a poor job of deploying and adopting those same tools and processes.

If the goal is to achieve maximum productivity, efficiency and product or service quality, management must be willing and able to buy-into new technologies and then move quickly throughout the deployment stage. Individual adoptee attitudes are of the utmost importance here, as employees will follow peer opinions, management needs to lead in how the adoption of new tools and procedures will impact in a positive way. Management and employees need to see the value and recognize the imperative of using cutting edge technology. Ignoring the human side of newly implemented technology is the single biggest roadblock to a full adoption. Indeed, as the installation and subsequent productivity benefits of   adopting new technology achieves nothing without the buy-in of team members.

Turning employees into organizational technology stakeholders converts them to ambassadors of the new technology imperative — takes training and transitional guidance. Neglecting to provide training and development is the best way to ensure that the money the organization spends on new technology is wasted. One can see how a breakdown at any stage in the process will cause the entire initiative to fail, and that’s why the organization needs the full support of its leaders, management and workers.

There are a handful of core “character resources” to throw at your technology team development, including but not limited to:

  • Vision for the future and how technology brings it to fruition
  • Motivation to embrace and challenge the technology
  • Enthusiasm for seeing and striving for tech potential
  • Positive perception and the ability to communicate it
  • Appreciation of the “geek squad”

If leaders have these qualities and learn how to pass them to their teams, new tech initiatives will deliver.

If the company is struggling to implement a new procedure, equipment or software, look into corporate training and consulting services; subject matter experts (SMEs) — like MetaOps, Inc.’s MetaExpertsTM who can train, mentor, and guide leaders in technology implementation and productivity initiatives. As a leader, attitude is the absolute most effective asset needed for this process. The more leaders believe in progress and the tools to achieve it, the more employees and middle management will follow. Knowledge transfer specialists are people, process and technology SMEs. They can help turn new technology goals into sustainable technological differentiation as well as justify the return on investment.

 

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