In recent years, “digital transformation” has become a buzzword that remains top of mind for many technology leaders.
At its best, digital transformation integrates modern technology into different areas of a business to reduce operational inefficiencies. This also enables teams to deliver value to customers at an increasingly rapid pace, allowing businesses to stay at the forefront of innovation. At its worst, digital transformation results in wasted spend time on technological overhauls that disrupt daily operations and fall short of critical objectives.
Whether it’s a mismatch between a software solution and the problem it’s intended to solve, poor implementation of a new tool, or oversight of high-level business goals, digital transformation can offset agility and move companies into stagnation.
However, the reality of the matter is that digital transformation is ongoing and inevitable. And the success of such initiatives is far more attainable than it might initially seem.
Digital Transformation in the Security Market
There is no perfect way to undergo a digital transformation. If it was easy, every company would be thriving by incorporating new innovations. Still, more and more companies are finding success by embracing ways they can make quick and tangible progress.
We are seeing this reality play itself out in the video camera security market. Large corporations may have thousands—even tens of thousands—of cameras. Replacing every single one, across different states and jurisdictions, is overwhelming. IT executives know their old system is outdated, full of inefficiencies and flat out not getting the job done anymore. But who has the time or resources to tear everything down and set up something new?
Successfully Upgrading Your Security Solution
While digital transformation may look different for every organization, here are a few tips that technology leaders should consider as they build out the framework for a new security solution.
Put Strategy Before Technology
Before jumping into infrastructure upgrades or modifications, it’s prudent to evaluate the current pain points and bottlenecks within your organization. Identify what gaps exist in your current setup, and how updating your system might impact processes and procedures.
By thoughtfully crafting a set of priorities that the framework should accomplish, the team can evaluate (at the end of the upgrade) whether or not it was a successful attempt at digital transformation.
Manifest Changes Through Smaller-Scale Deployments
When it comes to deployments of newer technology, making minor updates and upgrades can validate whether or not a solution is right for a teams’ specific use case. Implementation in this instance is less disruptive; resources aren’t completely removed from business-critical operations and the risk of potential downsides is less daunting.
When evaluating security cameras, many IT professionals deploy Verkada’s software-based security camera system in one or two locations before completely replacing existing CCTV systems. This gives system administrators the opportunity to assess the effectiveness of the solution before fully deploying across multiple locations. Once they’re confident that security needs can be met, they begin rollout in a series of stages, making deployment manageable.
Get Early Input From Your Team
The success of any tool or solution is dependent on three factors:
Does it solve a problem, or streamline inefficiencies, for your team?
Does your team know how to use it?
Is it easily accessible when your team needs it?
After all, a tool is just a tool until it’s adopted and utilized. By giving a team the opportunity to evaluate a tool that may become a part of their daily stack, they can determine whether or not that technology effectively fits into existing workflows.
During the vendor evaluation period, many security professionals considering Verkada’s solution onboard colleagues that may use the platform down the line (e.g., school administrators, mayors and facility managers). By involving the team early on and gathering feedback before full implementation, security administrators can gauge if, and how, the tool would eliminate inefficiencies, reduce spend or build structure around haphazard processes.
The Reality of Digital Transformation
Digital transformation, regardless of the pace at which it occurs, results in significant long-term upside. So instead of waiting until the time is perfect, embrace what might be a multiple-solution technology trend and start making strategic steps forward.
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