6 Common Reasons Modernisation Projects Fail
Following last week’s blog on ‘Why your Legacy System is holding your Business back’, you may be considering getting rid of your old legacy system. While modernising your organisation is the answer to all your problems relating to cost, time and modern technology, many modernisation projects can fail if they are not correctly performed. I am going to outline some common reasons why modernisation projects fail:
1. Broken business processes
When deciding to undertake a modernisation project your organisation will ask – What is really causing the problem? What is it that is slowing us down and keeping us from moving forward? In most cases, it’s the legacy system that takes the blame. But the legacy system may not be the only issue in the equation. Broken business processes also have an impact in moving things forward. You must address both the software problem and the business processes in order to be successful in your modernisation project.
2. Forcing the business to adapt to the new software (not the other way around)
In any modernisation project, the new software must be adapted to fit your business, not the other way around. The opposite happens far too often and is another cause for disaster in the type of project you want to conduct. It is often the case that businesses will implement an entirely new system without realising the radical changes that the system requires, forcing employees to change the way they work. Find a system that will work for your organisation.
3. Ignoring Interoperability
Interoperability is an issue in modernisation projects that need to be thought out carefully. Your applications must have to interoperate with others, which may be constantly changing. Interoperability requires communication across languages, platforms and disparate devices using evolving protocols. Enterprises can see benefits through faster, more effective interactions with trading partners, as well as through the efficiencies and service improvements that are gained through workflow automation. Failing to plan for interoperability will also prevent the success of your modernisation project.
4. Not getting the right people on the right plane and into their correct seat
If you don’t have the right people on the right plane and in their correct seats, what would this cause? Chaos? The key is to make sure the right people are working on this project. This means starting with a strategy and ending with the correct training and tools for the end user.
5. Adopting rigid software
More than 70% of Fortune 1,000 companies that were listed 10 years ago have suddenly vanished. That’s because they couldn’t adapt to change. This could be you in another 10 years. Technology is evolving and we are seeing a paradigm shift in the business world. These days, agility is key. Many organisations are still implementing inflexible applications. Replacing their inflexible legacy application with an inflexible modern application. To prepare your business for the future in your modernisation project, just remember – agility.
6. Failing to account for the end user
Involving not only your IT department but your business users in your modernisation project is imperative. Many organisations treat modernisation projects as an IT project. The IT department chooses the best solution for their needs, without necessarily considering the end users.
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