Implementation is just the beginning – summary

Implementation is just the beginning – summary
Published
19th Oct 2021
The article talks about the need to trust the human factor in digital transformation. The starting point is a trap that modern companies often fall into – they want to trust technology more than people. The implementation of an advanced IT system itself is not enough – what is required is a metamorphosis of the entire business.

Entrepreneurs often think that investing in a modern platform for conducting business operations will solve the problem. But the leadership skills of the managers who manage the employees using the said software are equally or even more important. The article cites opinions that for managers with insufficiently developed soft skills, the necessity to use management tools may result in decreased performance.

Investments under control

IT departments are created in companies to ensure that they do not buy unnecessary tools and do not excessively develop their systems. They also try to prevent further investments, when the existing solutions are lying fallow.

The article also compares applying technology wherever possible to increasing engine power and designing an ever faster car while disregarding the skills of the driver. That is why the human factor in building IT infrastructure is so important.

Implementation is just the beginning

Business digitization has become much easier since sellers started offering IT as a service. The client buys a subscription and receives access to a system. They are not interested in its expansion, development, or maintenance. All this is done by the operator. If a fault occurs, the supplier fixes it within a few hours. If they fail to do so, they incur losses, because the user only pays when they can use their digital assets without any disruptions.

The Future Thinkers survey cited in the text indicates that 70% of the survey participants assessed the activities related to digital transformation as ineffective. Managers too often place their hopes for success in IT, forgetting about administrative or communication competences. Technologies are an important condition for the existence of any company, but they are not sufficient for its survival, let alone development. Every company needs a leader who will make good use of digital tools, but sometimes also make do with analog methods.

Solution scalability is what counts

Good solution scalability is a key feature of business intelligence systems, which enables the analysis of increasingly larger volumes of data. At the same time, the growing amount of information taken into account makes the analysis more valuable. Small and medium-sized enterprises should use this type of solutions much more often. Unfortunately, very often SMEs focus primarily on operations. Reporting and analytics are thus limited to several manually prepared Excel reports. In such cases, the time spent on preparing them significantly exceeds the time that can be devoted to analyzing the data behind the indicators. This way the circle is closed: the employees who prepared the report do not have time to analyze it in depth, because they have to start working on the next report. We offer small and medium-sized enterprises the implementation of embedded analytics as part of S/4HANA, which is a set of basic analyses ready for use. The further recommended steps include creating reports based on the database using analytical and visualization tools from SAP Business Objects or SAP Cloud Analytics. When the company and its needs develop, we will propose the migration of analytics to the BW/4HANA data warehouse.
Michal Gruszecki
Michal Gruszecki
Senior Consultant SAP, Team Leader BI, Solution Architect

You can read the entire article in Polish here: IT w biznesie – Biznes – Newsweek.pl

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