Digitalisation has become a mainstay for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Some people may be sick of hearing about it, but the topic of digital transformation is here to stay as it’s more important than ever to leverage modern technologies and new ways of working to drive forward businesses and organisations alike. For large corporations, such a way of thinking is a matter of course, but for smaller, family-run businesses, this can present a real challenge.
Many family businesses are at a crossroads with the younger generation taking on the baton of leadership and attempting to modernise the company. However, they are faced with the test of having to try and completely restructure the company while using as few resources as possible. According to a study carried out by the "Familienunternehmen" foundation, 31 per cent of those surveyed said that they see digitalisation as a real opportunity for boosting productivity, optimising processes, innovation and transparency with 22 per cent admitting to the digital transformation as being a real challenge.*
Infrastructure modernisation and the planned migration into the cloud are good examples of how companies can quickly reach the limits of their capabilities if they are missing the necessary in-house expertise or they simply don’t have the staff needed to tackle such a large project. On top of this come questions which no-one can answer: What steps need to be taken? Which IT infrastructure best suits your company? How can compliance be ensured and security risks kept to a minimum? Not having a well-thought-through strategy when approaching IT infrastructure modernisation or not having the right solution can quickly have far-reaching consequences such as security vulnerabilities, compliance breaches or end users rejecting the new setup to name but a few.
It’s a real dilemma because those who don’t react to current needs and lose out when it comes to placing innovations on the market. So, what’s the solution? Smaller businesses shouldn’t forego external help even though it initially seems like quite a financial burden, the investment will quickly pay off. Those who engage with the topics of cloud migration and digitalisation can lay the foundations for new and agile ways of working, boost security within the business, take a weight off their employees’ shoulders, and create a modern working environment that supports innovation and increases satisfaction within the workforce.
We at Bechtle have developed a multi-layered approach, the greatest benefit of which is that it can be adapted to suit businesses of all sizes. We don’t give businesses anything they don’t need, but rather precisely align ourselves with their requirements, analyse the status quo and get everyone involved to the table. It’s the perfect approach for family businesses as structured planning and professional implementation results in an infrastructure that is 100 per cent fit for the future. If the customer won’t need it, they don’t get it.
We at Bechtle are by the company and users’ side throughout every step of the process, exposing optimisation potential and developing solutions to meet defined requirements. For smaller businesses that have zero or at least very limited internal IT resources, Bechtle’s Managed Services offering is particularly appealing as experts take on IT infrastructure operations. We plan and implement the new infrastructure in accordance with your wishes and make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Our individual packages are as varied as our customers’ needs and are also flexible and transparent. Our aim is to make professional enterprise solutions an option for everyone, even SMEs.
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*Published by the Familienunternehmen Foundation: Deutschlands nächste Unternehmergeneration – 5th edition put together by the Friedrichshafener Institut für Familienunternehmen (FIF), Munich 2020, www.familienunternehmen.de.