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For anyone who has attempted to run a race of any length (5k, 10k, half marathon or full) you know the importance of finding your pace and keeping consistent with stride and breathing.  Not many people in the world can run an entire race starting at full speed and keep it going the whole distance.  Athletes who sprint and those who run distances, often train very differently and their skillsets are not the same.  The boxer who runs hill sprints in preparation of a fight is probably not also training for a marathon- the skills are different.  However, sprints may be more exciting to watch because the results are very quick and the race is over “right now.” 

1. “Right Now“ Mentality: A Downfall for Digital Transformation

This “right now” mentality bleeds over into our professional lives too as we get antsy for promotions to come and projects to finish.  Yet, trying to finish quickly just for the sake of finishing quickly often leads to budget oversights, tasks being poorly completed, if they are done at all, and an overall shoddy project all because you want to reach that finish line quicker. 

2. Digital Transformation is a Full Marathon

Take Digital Transformation for example, a big phrase with a potentially monumental outcome.  By nature, Digital Transformation is often referred to as “complex,” “profound,” or “impactful.”  These words are not often associated with quick and easy processes.  Digital Transformation, when done correctly, is an overall change in an organization which leverages all technologies to create a huge impact in day to day operations and overall outcomes.  Digital Transformation is no doubt a full marathon and not a sprint. 

3. Training for Your Digital Transformation

Just like training for a marathon, Digital Transformation must be properly planned for and mapped out first.  Often times, it pays to hire professionals who can help with this Digital Transformation planning, because they are familiar with the process.  After all, if training for a marathon you wouldn’t ask advice from someone who doesn’t run.  For example, many of our ERP consultants have backgrounds in both tech and business and can not only help with implementation but also establishing process. 

4. Follow Your Process

From the initial map out plan, this regiment must be followed closely.  After all, when training for a marathon you may map out your diet and if you stray from that your training will be impacted.  If there are certain milestones or tasks along the way during your digital transformation, make sure those are being followed.

5. Keep Going!

Of course, it is normal to feel a little fatigue during the process (both marathon training and Digital Transformation) but it is important that you don’t quit or take a long break.  It may not seem like it, but the finish line is closer with every step you take.

Overall, don’t expect digital transformation to be a quick or easy process and it doesn’t benefit you to speed it along either.  Some things just take time and training which are often the secret ingredients to a great outcome.  Learn more by downloading our white paper Ten Tips for a Successful ERP Implementation.

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