How High-Tech Companies are Pioneering the Digital Economy28 Aug 2018 | by Vittorio Menichelli
Digital technology is transforming business and service delivery models at an astonishing rate. Businesses that fail to adapt quickly will miss out on immense opportunities to drive efficiency in the value chain.
The good news is that high-tech firms are doing the heavy lifting, so you don’t have to spend a lot of time and money in research and development. They’re leading the transformation of the digital economy by researching, incubating, and developing market-ready solutions that various industry verticals can adopt right away.
With their innovative and disruptive solutions, here are some of the possibilities tech leaders are opening for businesses.
#1 – Outcome-Based Business Models
For companies to maximize profits, they need to limit spending to only what’s necessary for their essential operations. Outcome-based business models enable them to save money by paying for results rather than equipment or systems. For example, you can leverage advanced computer systems in the cloud, such as e-commerce software, without having to own or maintain the necessary hardware or software.
In the healthcare industry, practitioners may subscribe to diagnostic services, such as MRI systems, where they only pay for usage (scans). The equipment or service provider incurs the cost of acquiring and operating it. Similarly, a compressed air customer may prefer paying for usage rather than buying and servicing air-compression systems or cylinders.
#2 – IoT-Powered Innovations
The Internet of Things is one of the most advanced technologies that companies can leverage to drive customer service and satisfaction. After attaching digital sensors to the equipment and systems they offer, manufacturers are accessing massive chunks of usage data in real-time. They’re monitoring user preferences and identifying product features that require modification or upgrading to address specific customer needs.
IoT is an enabler of outcome-based subscription models too. For example, the technology can track compressed air consumption so that the customer pays for the amount used only.
#3 – Streamlined Business Processes
Companies can now utilize advanced tech formulas to streamline business processes and drive revenue.
For example, a digital supply chain is visible to all relevant players and entities, from marketing, sales, product development, and manufacturing to finance, inventory, suppliers, and customers. It’s an integrated ecosystem that enables multiple companies and business units to collaborate, plan, analyze, and make critical decisions based on real-time intelligence.
With a digital supply chain, you can predict demand across channels and implement strategies to satisfy it. It provides the intelligence required to match financial and business planning with demand patterns. Available in the cloud, the technology provides full transparency into sales data, order fulfilment, stock levels, and supply chain bottlenecks, helping streamline stock management.
Companies can streamline their procurement processes with digital supply chains. The solutions provide real-time insights into global demand dynamics, enabling firms to respond quickly. They capture data, such as customs duty and exchange rates, letting companies incorporate logistics costs into their pricing strategies and order fulfilment.
Manufacturers may also boost their operational efficiencies by digitizing their production processes. They can leverage smart technology and connected devices to extract performance data, identify potential issues, and ensure continuity of operations. The tech fosters stronger collaborations between manufacturers and their suppliers and customers.
Likewise, digitizing business processes helps attain customer intimacy by delivering highly-tailored solutions. Advanced tech firms are providing the computing resources that enterprises need to analyze customer requirements and configure and price complete as-a-service products accordingly.
#4 – Digital Talent Management
High-tech talent management tools can help organizations improve workplace conditions and employees’ productivity. Available as SaaS solutions, the technologies include employee onboarding and training systems that facilitate on-demand or on-the-job learning. They’re built to appeal to the learning preferences of the millennial workforce. Instructional videos, gamification, and nuggets of information make for a captivating learning experience for the younger employees.
Some of these solutions have big-data analytics capabilities that employers may leverage to attract, develop, and retain top talent.
Top tech firms have already developed and tested the digital solutions required to improve your business processes and achieve operational efficiency. What you need to do to leverage cutting-edge technology and drive a profitable value chain could be as simple as just plug and play. Contact us today for in-depth insights into revolutionary tech products!
Vittorio Baiocchi Menichelli is Marketing Manager at Leverage Technologies. Leverage Technologies helps companies streamline their operations and increase efficiency through the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and other cloud-based solutions. Vittorio is passionate about all things marketing, tech and innovation. His goal is to help Australian small and mid-sized enterprises to discover, understand and choose the right technology to drive new efficiencies and grow smart.