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  • David Daigle

7 Benefits of a Digital Adoption Plan For Your Business

Text in image: 7 Benefits of a Digital Adoption Plan

In today's digital age, having a clear and comprehensive plan for digital adoption is crucial for any organization that wants to stay competitive and relevant in the market. Unfortunately, many organizations still fail to understand the importance of mapping out their current digital adoption strategies and identifying the technology they will need in the future. This lack of preparation can lead to inefficient IT infrastructure, wasted resources, and missed opportunities for growth.

A digital adoption plan is an internal document that helps organizations develop a long-term digital and IT strategy that can change their IT infrastructure and applications. It helps businesses map out what they need not just for today, but also for the future. It is a governing document that documents the strategic direction that a business wants to go in and ensures that the technology in place can support those business goals for years to come.

The functions of a digital adoption plan are multiple. It assesses the skills and capabilities of the team, builds a prioritized list of initiatives and projects needed to ensure that the digital infrastructure can support business goals, audits the digital and IT infrastructure and application layers to industry standards, builds a gap analysis between strategic needs and current infrastructure, estimates costs and duration for each proposed project, and secures executive sponsorship for the technology roadmap.

The primary functions of a digital adoption plan are four-fold. Firstly, it helps get the executives and IT professionals on the same page. Secondly, it facilitates IT leaders in discussing investment in technology, helping executives see that by upgrading technology, the organization can be in a better position to reach its overall business goals and objectives. Thirdly, it can be used to plan out technology infrastructure improvements that will help anticipate resourcing needs, plan assignments, choose the right solutions and vendors (if needed), and understand the costs that are needed. Finally, it helps leaders understand current projects, so they can be strategic when requesting new technology or asking for improvements to current infrastructure.

Engaging in a digital adoption plan has seven key benefits. It creates a clear picture of technology infrastructure capabilities and how they align with business goals, addresses any current technology issues, saves costs by removing unnecessary and inefficient applications and technology, increases productivity by implementing the right digital solutions that meet business needs, improves IT security, avoids significant system failures by learning of any weaknesses within the technology infrastructure, and resolves any conflicts around priorities business-wide.

Overall, a digital adoption plan can help organizations stay ahead of the curve in today's fast-paced digital world. It enables them to plan strategically for future digital adoption, which is essential for staying competitive and ensuring long-term success. By investing in a comprehensive digital adoption plan, organizations can benefit from better IT infrastructure, greater efficiency, and improved productivity.

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