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Why Innovation is the Key to Your Company's Future

April 30, 2020 | by Steve Ellis

The progress of technology is inevitable. With technology constantly changing, businesses face challenges every day and are forced to adapt new ways of operation and management or to fall behind. It is crucial to understand the importance of technological innovation in your organization because it is fundamental for the growth of your company.

Office1_Blog_Aplir15_1Innovation is creativity, adaptability and imagination. It is the process of re-evaluating your goals, strategies, tactics and sometimes your market to achieve success. This can include software updates, new training, new technology or creating a new business plan. All these, to benefit your company, your employees, and your customers. 


Amid the pandemic, many businesses are shifting their market in order to survive but also, to help the world.  We see carmakers companies building ventilators and masks, and beer makers producing hand sanitizer. These unprecedented circumstances are challenging companies to stay innovative. Thanks to technology, they are able to be creative and turn crises to their advantage. 

 

What If I Don’t Keep Up With The Times?

Ignoring process innovation or missing out on opportunities to scale your technology can be harmful to your company. The information revolution is changing competition in three major ways: it alters the rules of competition through reshaping industry structure, creates new ways for companies to outperform their rivals, and can potentially spawn new businesses from within a company’s existing operations. With the exponential growth of information technology, it has now become easier than ever to optimize and control functions within a company’s value chain, and develop more efficient ways to connect products to buyers. There are many ways a company can lose its edge but one of the best ways to prevent that is to innovate with the times instead of going against them and falling behind.

 

Unique Competitive Advantage

Will technological innovation help you measure up to other businesses? Is it necessary? The answer to both questions is an unequivocal yes. It has been repeatedly proven that when new technology is introduced to an industry, it changes the structure of that industry and, in extension, changes the nature of competition within that industry. 

Office1_Blog_Aplir15_2Information technology is advancing faster than technologies for physical processing, meaning technology will soon be taking over when it comes to storing, retrieving, and analyzing data. Once used only for menial duties, information technology has radically changed over the years and it’s not slowing down. It’s evolving nature and heavily integrated features make businesses and suppliers heavily reliant on its structure and lateral integration. Not innovating the technology and the structure of your business can ensure a lack of competition and necessary changes to operate at a high level. By having fresh, new, and innovative ideas, you put yourself in a stronger position relative to your competitors.

The U.S. provides great opportunities for your company to have a competitive foothold in your market through technological innovation. As with any large technological revolution in the workplace, there will be outdated and old ways of doing things that have become inefficient. Embracing technological innovation means embracing the future to avoid fighting the never-ending battle caused by technological inferiority.

 

The New Customer Experience

Nothing will ever be as fickle as customers. There are many things in business you can account for, but you can never expect customers to stay at a fixed point forever. Things move forward and that’s why innovation is so important because it changes the customer experience. As tastes and attitudes change they become the new norm. It’s expected for companies to suit these different changes.

Innovating business technology is critical because it will help you meet the growing and morphing demands and needs of consumers. If you don’t meet these needs, then you start to lag behind others who will take it upon themselves to fill them in your stead. By innovating and making sure your company stays ahead of the race, you provide your company with the right set of tools, assets, experience, and ideas to ensure steady growth in the constantly shifting landscape.

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Efficiency at Its Finest

As consumer demands and technology changes, lack of innovation can cost more than just customers. It will make your job and the jobs of your employees harder. Using outdated methods or old technology will only be a hindrance to the potential your company can achieve. Every company wants to become more efficient in its work. There’s no benefit to working extremely hard unnecessarily and yielding minimal results.

Technological innovations have altered the way business works. From revolutions that improved communications, products, monitoring, analyzing data, and maintaining records, innovation has made the quality of life at the workplace better and in turn. It has also made it a well-oiled machine with few hiccups.

 

Surviving a Crisis

A crisis can be detrimental for any business, especially for those who are not technologically prepared. Companies can only prepare for crisis to a certain level, but technology could make the difference between keeping your business or losing it. Innovative businesses are more likely to recover from a crisis because they have options and are willing to create new ways that lead to success. On the other hand, traditional businesses that refuse to innovate and include technology in their organization could find themselves out of business.  

According to a study by MIT Sloan Management Review (MIT SMR) and Deloitte, 81% of respondents consider innovation a strength in their businessThe study shows that digitally maturing organizations are more likely to innovate in comparison to less mature companies.  The same study shows that 80% collaborate with external partners to facilitate digital innovation. Also, digitally maturing companies feel more confident adapting to changes.

 

Spur Innovation In Your Company

Consider examining these key areas in order to better understand why innovation is the key to your company’s future. 

Make sure that your entire company is constantly asking themselves questions like these. Remember that creative ideas can come from any level of the company! Having a company culture that fosters and supports innovation is just as important as adopting it.

 

Innovate to Stay Competitive

 

Be a pioneer, innovate, beat competitors, and stay in business.

 

The effectiveness of how businesses adapt to changes and new technology determines their future. We understand rough times happen, but this is exactly why you should be prepared for any situation and set your company to lead the market. Technology is your best option to improve your productivity, reduce waste and cost, and grow to full potential. 

 

Do not allow your company to be outdated. Transform it, digitize it and make it more profitable.

 

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Steve Ellis

About Steve Ellis

Snow hater, technology lover, information sharer, camper, biker, and hiker. Steve Ellis has been with Office1 since 1995. He’s filled many positions from a brand new copier tech to his current position serving as the VP of Professional Services. He has a passion for learning and sharing the knowledge that might make someone’s life easier. He holds several certifications including MCSA and MCITP. He is currently working on his CompTIA CySA+. Steve has been in the copier industry for more than 25 years and has been interested in tech since 2000.

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