Forward-thinking businesses are realising the importance of digital transformation in surviving today’s unpredictable climate. They’re also realising that the faster they digitalise their operations, the more likely they are to thrive despite the curveballs.
Now, digitally transforming your business isn’t an easy task nor is it a quick one. That’s why many businesses opt to work with a digital transformation agency or expert.
‘But how will that partner ever know my business as well as I know it? Will I have little say in the process? How can I trust that they’ll do a good job?’ - these are just a few of the questions you might be asking. Hear us out! In this blog post, we’ll cover six pros of outsourcing your digital transformation project that should ease any potential concerns.
- You gain access to exclusive, top talent and quality resources…
- …without stretching your in-house resources
- You can tap into industry-leading expertise
- Mitigating risks becomes less of a challenge
- Finding a team that’s the right fit is relatively easy
- You’re still in charge
1. You gain access to exclusive, top talent and quality resources…
Even smaller-scale digital transformation projects require a lot of resources - such as people with the skills to execute the project and their time. If you haven’t got the manpower in-house, you’ll have to recruit them and this adds more time to the project.
Plus, the best and most experienced system implementation specialists who are willing to work in-house don’t often come cheap. And you’ll also need to invest in the right equipment for the project. As you can see, the costs are adding up.
The alternative is to outsource to a partner agency. They’ll have all the resources required to get the job done successfully and efficiently. No recruitment, onboarding, upskilling or investing in equipment required so your digital transformation project can start as soon as you need it to.
2. …without stretching your in-house resources
Whether you have the resources to undergo a digital transformation in-house or not, handling the project yourself will still place pressure on your employees. In other words, keep the project in-house and the responsibility of its success will fall entirely on your company’s shoulders. Outsource the project and you can share that weight with the partner.
You’ll still have a responsibility to drive its success (e.g. by setting the project goals and success) but the partner agency will handle the execution. That means more time back for you and your employees to spend on other business-critical tasks.
3. You can tap into industry-leading expertise
The top digital transformation agencies will have years of experience in helping businesses of all sizes digitalise their operations. They’ll also be highly experienced in working with different types of systems, products and across industries. And, the more reputable they are, the more likely it is that they’ll have recruited some of the best implementation specialists.
Partner with one and their team will automatically become an extension of yours. You can access all their knowledge and expertise gained from years of digitally transforming other businesses day in and day out. It gives your business an edge that your competitors likely won’t have.
4. Mitigating risks becomes less of a challenge
We said it earlier and we’ll just say it once more - digital transformation projects aren’t easy. There are plenty of pitfalls to avoid and highly skilled digital transformation agencies will know which challenges are ahead and how best to overcome them.
The best agencies will be familiar with challenges specific to various industries, thanks to their extensive experience in working with a variety of businesses. So, when you outsource your digital transformation project, you can benefit from a reduced risk of your project suffering from complications.
5. Finding a team that’s the right fit is relatively easy
Sometimes, the team you’ve assigned to your digital transformation project may not be the right fit. Whether it’s a lack of relevant experience, crucial team members are leaving the business or something else, if you keep your project in-house, ‘reshuffling’ your team isn’t often as simple or quick as it sounds.
For example, you may need to go through the recruitment process again or reorganise the internal workloads of employees who you’ll bring onto the project.
When you’ve outsourced the project to a digital transformation agency, it’s a relatively easy process. You can either request a new team or find a new partner agency to work with.
6. You’re still in charge
One concern many businesses have when they’re considering outsourcing is whether they’ll have complete control over the project. After all, the partner agency isn’t an official part of your business and they’re seemingly doing the majority of the work on the project.
However, the right partner agency will always ensure you’re very much in charge of the project. You’ll get to set the goals and strategy, receive regular updates and sign off on tasks. Nothing will happen without you knowing about it beforehand.
So, despite your business not doing the actual implementing, you’ll still be leading the project.
And the next step is to work with the right digital transformation agency…
When you digitally transform your business, you can benefit from modern technology (in the place of your legacy systems), all interconnected with each other to help you automate processes, accelerate operations, boost efficiency and become more agile. Achieve all of that and you’ve gained a competitive edge.
But before you can get to that place, you need to find and partner with the right digital transformation agency. There will be many agencies out there, offering digital transformation services, so how do you pick the right one for your business needs?
We’ve got a resource that can help. Our Guide to Choosing an ERP Implementation Partner is exactly what it sounds like - a simple resource on the three options to system implementations and their pros and cons, and some tips to help you pick the right partner agency to outsource to.
Download it below.