Enterprise information management is used label a host of automations and digitized processes that make up a coordinated workflow. As the technology and system options get better, it’s important to stay focused in areas that will make you work better. It is also critical to avoid spinning everyone’s wheels on areas that will have very little benefit. Here are some mistakes to avoid when planning and implementing a strong EIM strategy.
Focusing on the Wrong Areas
Before taking on a new area, ask yourself what the end goal is. Will focusing time and effort to improve this area of business have the desire ripple effect? Should you be focusing somewhere else? Can this area wait? Look into your areas of urgency. See where the real problems and hang-ups are for your staff and customers and focus your time and energy in those places. When it comes to enterprise information management, there is nothing worse than focusing on the wrong areas.
In the same vein of where you put your focus, enterprise information management takes research. Not just walking around the office research, but real focused research. It’s good to cover topics like your biggest problem areas and what other companies of your same size and industry are doing and how it’s affecting their business. Don’t go into big changeovers and implementation plans without first thinking through what it is you are trying to implement.
Too Much Change Too Fast
Don’t go too fast. Implement your enterprise information management at a steady pace. Too slow and your employees and customers might get frustrated, but too fast can be overwhelming. Once you decide which areas you want to address and improve, roll out your changes on a thoughtful timeline. Even if the changes don’t affect all areas in your business, communicate them to everyone anyway. Give everyone equal footing to anticipate and prepare for what’s coming.
Not Communicating with Your Employees
Change, even for the better, is disruptive. Change can cause turmoil and create insecurity within the workplace. When it comes to enterprise information management, it is important to communicate every leg of your implementation, both big picture and most pressing short-term projects to your employees in a satisfying way. Leave room for discussion and questions. There might even be things you didn’t think about that other employees bring up in the discussion.
Not Allowing for Growing Pains
Change is hard and change is not without hiccups. When implementing an enterprise information management strategy, there will be problems. Anytime you try to automate something, there will be growing pains. Address these head on and make sure you have adequate reporting mechanisms for problems. Additionally, have a work around ready so as to not disrupt the regular work day.
Enterprise information management systems are revolutionizing the way business is carried out. Avoiding it is to not embrace the wave of the future. While there may be some areas, it’s important to keep things the same, don’t underestimate the end result of a good EIM strategy. Tradition can be good, but it can also be safe. And safe is what could make your business fall behind and lose traction with your customers.
Enterprise information management has the potential to save your company time, and money. Additionally, it can greatly increase the bottom line as you strive to stay truly competitive. It is important to have well thought out strategies and to avoid some of the pitfalls that can come when planning and execution are not carefully strategized.