Most businesses believe the common misconception that they have to transform their whole organisation when they start their digital journey. In reality they can choose how much they want to digitise with bite-sized projects that allow them to find out what suits them best.
Here, Louise Chaston, Intoware’s Customer Experience Support Specialist explains how to implement a successful digital workflow project in an industrial setting – the second in our three-part CX blog series.
In our first blog we discussed why our personalised customer onboarding approach helps businesses get value early on. Here we highlight the steps or roadmap our CX team takes to ensure success by keeping the scope narrow and by encouraging your workforce to create new work habits to help overcome any challenges along the way.
The biggest mistake we see businesses make is not clearly defining where they want to go, what they want to achieve or how to measure success? So how do you design a digital pilot project that supports your business goals?
1. Get the right team
Securing the support of your workforce is crucial to any digital project. Make sure that the people who will be using the tech are involved in its implementation. By engaging both managers and frontline workers in the process it will ensure that they are comfortable using the product and help them overcome any misinformed fears that digitisation leads to job losses.
2. Start with small, bite-sized projects
Start small and initially limit the scope of the pilot to make sure you accomplish what you set out to achieve as soon as possible. To help this we review customers’ existing processes to discover exactly what they need from the insights it provides. If customers have a copy of their existing processes, this is often a great starting point.
Our aim is to understand what they are currently doing with their processes; what challenges they are facing and where efficiencies can be achieved? We often ask customers to consider which of their existing processes can be digitised easily and then we go from there. In a lot of cases the customers we speak to are not end users, so it’s critical that the process built will be easy for them to engage with too.
3. Building workflows ‘live’
All new customers receive three in-depth training sessions, where we take them through the process of creating and building a workflow, running jobs, managing it in their dashboard, creating reports and setting up email and data integrations.
In our workflow build sessions we talk customers through the process while we build ‘live’. This means that they can see how the build and design process works in ‘real-time’. Often interpreting a process in a slightly different way with the customer helps get a better perspective of what information is needed to get out of a job.
Most customers want a PDF report to be generated after a job has been completed, but some have more complex integration needs. As WorkfloPlus has been designed with open APIs it means we can integrate with most enterprise systems seamlessly. Workflow builds can include tagging which helps with more complex integrations, so these can be factored in during the build process which is why these sessions with the customer are so important.
4. New work habits
When implementing WorkfloPlus its important our customers get into the habit of using the product consistently. We know building habits is hard, so it’s our job is to support them as much as possible. It can be the most advanced tech in the world, but it will be useless if the team lacks the appetite to use it.
During each pilot project, we make sure everyone is fully trained on how to use our platform. We use this time to gather feedback and address any concerns. We find that once people start using WorkfloPlus they realise just how easy it is to use and how much time can be saved by not having to manually write up reports at the end of each working day.
WorkfloPlus can run on mobiles, tablets and ‘hands-free’ AR wearable devices, such as the RealWear HMT and Navigator 500. As most people already own and are familiar with mobiles and tablets it’s an easy transition, and while those making use of wearables may not have operated one before it only takes a little bit of training to get up and running.
5. Measuring success
When the hard work has been done, we then take a look at what happened during the pilot and compare it with what the project objectives were. This helps us to learn from the process and refine it as customers move on to full scale deployment or to use the pilot as evidence of ‘best practice’ for future projects.
Getting a digital pilot to completion is no small feat as it takes buy-in from both managers and those on the frontline who will use smart digital workflows to streamline their work routines. Our proven in-depth approach ensures that challenges are addressed and customers’ goals are met in a short timeframe to help lay the ground for full deployment.
In our next CX blog find out how we help to empower teams to deploy WorkfloPlus beyond the pilot phase.