6 Questions to Guide Your AECO Firm’s Digital Initiatives
This is the seventh entry in a series of articles by the CIO Advisory Team. Check out the previous one here.
You know you are ready to take the next step in the expansion and growth of your firm, but you aren’t sure how to introduce new initiatives in line with your current mission. Your answers to the series of questions below can serve as early indicators of the digital transformation challenges ahead and define the type of support that may be needed.
Consider the Following:
What do you do day-to-day that’s care and maintenance? If your IT team is spending more time on break/fix issues, and machine upgrades, configurations and roll-outs, chances are they may lack the free time to introduce modern technologies that can help operations improve from a day-to-day efficiency standpoint. If you find that your teams are spending time answering the same questions time and again, perhaps more investment in time and expertise is needed to permanently resolve recurring pain points.
Do you have legacy processes and procedures that could be streamlined through fresh digital workflows? These are also opportunities to drive efficiency and agility throughout the enterprise when modernized using cloud and mobile means. It’s important to design more time into everyone’s schedule to allow for more strategic digital transformation initiatives. Achieving operational excellence is the foundation of any digital transformation effort.
How is the nature of work changing in your organization? If your industry and direct competitors are adopting leading technologies that support distributed teaming through robust construction cloud platforms, workflows enhanced by artificial intelligence (AI), immersive experiences driven by augmented reality (AR) and smarter buildings managed by better asset management methods, you will want to determine what that should look like for your company. These types of technologies can support better decision-making and streamline collaboration and management while helping to share information with a broader field of stakeholders.
If these and other digital programs are important to your business, then developing a proof of concept (POC) approach for introducing new technology-in-practice initiatives can help you achieve your objectives and establish a vibrant innovation-driven culture going forward. Providing a modern workplace environment that excites project teams and extends their ability to deliver outstanding project results is also foundational to your digital transformation efforts.