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Companies today look to new technological trends to discover what might help their business stay relevant and competitive.

Some business owners may even want to be on the cutting edge of technology and remain ahead of the curve by being the first to adopt it. Whether you’re a trailblazer or a follower, adopting new technologies will always be difficult.

There are a host of challenges that could impact a company’s short-term and future long-term strategies. In order to determine what tech is worth adopting and what isn’t, ask yourself the following questions:


Is It Better Because It’s New, Or Is It Actually More Efficient?

While much of the new technology is beneficial, some of it is simply designed to sell. Even if the technology is useful, it may only be valuable for specific businesses. Before you buy any new technology, make sure you thoroughly research it and are confident that you will be able to use it. Otherwise, you risk accumulating yet another costly ornament or squandering disc space on applications you never use.


Does It Fit Seamlessly Into Your Processes And Procedures?

It’s essential to determine whether the new piece of technology you’re investing in betters or slows down your processes and procedures. It may be a worthwhile investment if your existing processes and procedures can be updated to accommodate the new technology in a way that minimises disruption.

When integrating new technology, pay careful attention to whether there is a need for further training to maximise the latest technology’s benefits.

The rule of thumb is that every new technology that your organisation adopts will necessitate training in order for your staff to be able to use it.

It does not invalidate the need for training just because the new technology is comparable to something you’ve used before or purports to be “user-friendly.” Training is an outlay, and it’s one area where some companies lack after investing so much in new technology.

Avoid falling into this classic pitfall. Before you embrace the technology, factor in the expense of training and make sure you complete it.


What Does The Data Say?

One of the most appealing aspects of new technology is the ability to manipulate a large number of data points to obtain a clear picture of its usage and efficacy.

Monitoring data and development might seem tedious and pointless, particularly if you are personally monitoring your staff and firm. However, keep in mind that the most efficient approach to track progress toward your objectives is to monitor the data on your new technology.


Does It Fulfil A Need?

It’s best not to duplicate existing technology when developing new technology. You’re simply copying what others, particularly your competitors, are already doing. To be ahead of your competition, think like a leader and invest in technologies that anticipate your customers’ wants and needs.


Are Your Vulnerabilities More Exposed?

New technologies go through a maturation process, and the early stages might be riddled with security flaws. Because adopting new technology may expose your firm to unknown security concerns, it’s critical to foster a learning and responsive culture. Your employees will learn to anticipate rather than react to developments in this manner.


Do Existing Regulations Apply?

New technologies might sometimes be at odds with established regulatory organisations since they introduce new features and processes. It is now up to you to lead your industry in lobbying for regulatory improvements.


Final Thoughts

New and innovative technologies are always challenging at first, but those who are daring enough to take the leap will unlock new opportunities and pave the path for competitors to live up to. Learn more about the forces and trends that shape the future of technology when you enrol in the PGDip Futures Studies Managing New Technologies programme at Stellenbosch Business School. The course is designed to improve all managers’ leadership capacities in the area of new technology management. As a result, your company’s resilience will be strengthened as services, products, gadgets, and ways of working become increasingly digitised.

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