5 mistakes to avoid when digitizing your business

Starting a digitization process does not mean scanning documents or sending a certified email instead of a registered letter. It actually means adapting all business processes to the needs imposed by the digital era, where speed of execution and efficiency play crucial roles.

1. Being afraid of change

Doing the same things the same way because “they have always worked that way” means precluding yourself from discovering new ways to get the same or even better results, but in less time and with more efficiency. Changing your routine and stepping out of your comfort zone is the most difficult but most necessary step to initiate a change process. Digitization usually also means discontinuity from past habits.


2. Acting without considering the size of your company

Not all digital transformations are the same. All companies, whether large, medium or small, can embark on the path of digitization, but with different projects and models. When you are about to start the digitization journey, you mut take into account the size of your company and its departments: this is the only way you can know the real needs of the various departments, which will allow you to plan an adequate transformation while meeting all the real needs of the various departments.

3. Partial adoption

Selecting just a few business departments to apply the digitization process to (e.g. administrative or logistics management departments), rather than involving all departments, is a potential factor for failure.

Digital transformation, even if implemented in a gradual manner, must eventually cover the entire company, so that you can have more accurate data on the costs and benefits of implemetantion, and act accordingly.

4. Rushing it

Turning the company upside down from one day to the next can lead to failure on the path to digital. The process of turning into a “smart factory” must therefore take place gradually and progressively, which is very important in countries where the industrial sector is mainly made up of medium and small enterprises, and where investments must allow for results and successes even in the short term.

5. Not consulting experts

In order to avoid making mistakes that may compromise the digital transformation process, it is generally necessary to collaborate with experts in the field, i.e. consultants, companies, experts who can guide company IT managers or operational managers in the modernization of infrastructure or technologies for the digitization, while also assisting employees who need adequate training and preparation.