The integration of technology in businesses can be a complex and challenging process. With the fast-paced advancements in technology, it’s crucial for organizations to remain relevant and competitive. However, many businesses often underestimate the number of issues that arise during the integration of new technology into their operations. This is particularly true when the new technology is being integrated into an already complex system.
Whether you’re transitioning to cloud-based solutions, upgrading your current tech stack, outsourcing 24/7 monitoring and support, or implementing a new program like ServiceNow, it’s crucial to have a well-structured plan in place. Planning ahead can help you avoid potential disruption to your entire organization and save you time, effort, and cost. The saying “fail to plan, plan to fail” holds true in this scenario. With proper planning and execution, you can ensure the smooth implementation of your technology integration project.
One common issue that organizations face during technology integration is an increase in costs. Despite the popular belief that transitioning to cloud solutions can reduce costs, this may not always be the case. In some instances, businesses may only partially transition to the cloud, which can effectively double the maintenance costs. This can also create difficulties in balancing the different tools provided by cloud services with your on-premises services, leading to actual costs exceeding planned costs in three out of four cases.
Another challenge is the strain on IT teams during the integration process. Integrating old and new technology can put a significant strain on the IT team, reducing the efficiency and value of your tech investment. If your IT team is tasked with both spearheading the technology transition, handling support tickets, and managing new projects, it can be difficult for them to operate effectively. This can lead to reactivity becoming the norm, and the IT team struggling to keep up with the fast-paced advancements in technology.
The right people must be at the center of any technology integration project to ensure its success. You need to think about the skills and training required by your IT team to keep your infrastructure running smoothly. It’s critical to forward-plan the skills you need for any integration project. Partnering with a trusted professional can help speed up the process, as enterprises that go entirely in-house with critical technology transitions may face a slow and arduous process.
Another challenge that businesses face during technology integration is the pace of change. Adding new technology to your stack can increase productivity and business value, but the pace of change may not always meet expectations. This is largely due to the limited exposure of in-house IT resources to technology advancements. On the other hand, experienced third-party vendors who are constantly at the forefront of these advancements are more confident and comfortable in spearheading change, making the integration process more sophisticated and efficient.
1. Check for compatibility issues: Ensure that all devices and software being used are compatible with each other and meet system requirements.
2. Verify network connectivity: Ensure that all devices have a stable internet connection and that there are no network or firewall restrictions that might be blocking access.
3. Update software and drivers: Make sure that all software, including operating systems and drivers, are up to date to avoid bugs and other compatibility issues.
4. Check for human error: Sometimes simple mistakes such as incorrect login credentials or misconfigured settings can cause tech integration problems. Double-check that all information has been entered correctly and that all settings have been configured properly.
At Precision Technology, a subsidiary of Precision Talent Group, we understand the challenges that organizations face during technology integration. Our professional services experts can help you overcome these challenges and deliver enterprise value for your organization. Our experience in managing technology transitions is why our clients trust us to advise, partner, and serve as an extension of their IT organization. From IT deployments to strategic planning, our solutions can flex to meet your immediate project needs, as well as serving you for the future.