Digital capabilities built on information systems are the lifeblood of modern small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Traditional approaches are no longer enough to support digital product and service expectations from customers, the need for increased efficiency during times of rising costs, rising decision making complexity, remote and hybrid workplaces, and the many other realities of the digital business of the future.
However, digital information strategy is relatively straightforward to envision but more challenging to implement. As a business owner, executive, or leader…
- Have you started using new software but quickly realized that you need help?
- Do efficiencies and benefits from new technologies seem out of reach except for the largest companies?
- Do you have a vision for your company’s information systems but lack the time and bandwidth for “do it yourself” strategies?
- Do you plan to organize information better but struggle with data that is scattered across different software programs and databases?
Surviving isn’t the same as thriving. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that gains from technological innovations are mostly dominated by the very largest firms  and during an industry study at MIT we discovered that many companies underestimate their capabilities in an increasingly important application of information systems . Clearly, despite the potential, benefits are difficult to grasp.
Despite the obstacles, our approach is different
Businesses were on the edge of the information industrial revolution when I started working at a global industrial manufacturing company over fifteen years ago. Information systems moved from desktop computers to the cloud. Meetings became teleconferences. Barcoding transformed manual warehouse processes. Databases and interfaces became the foundation for today’s digital future.
I was navigating the front line chaos, creating processes and configuring tools to propel information-driven business. However, during this experience I discovered that while business leaders want to benefit from new technologies, they need to preserve business simplicity and avoid drowning in the technical details about how everything works. In other words, not everyone in the company should become a programmer.
Leveraging digital technologies in today’s business environment is even more complex and complicated than it used to be. Disruptive technologies with the greatest potential such as AI and IoT are difficult to diffuse throughout the organization. Legacy processes and tools get in the way. Human routines are resistant to change. If you’re a leader, or even if you’ve worked at all, then you already know the usual advice. Everyone has already been told to establish trust, set expectations, and create guidelines. However, something is still missing in this digital information systems age.
The systems and strategies that will carry your company to the next level are different than what got you to where you are today. Of course, there is a dizzying amount of available information about systems. But there comes a time when do-it-yourself and “let’s throw something together” approaches aren’t enough anymore. It’s OK to free up time, energy, and resources to focus on key business areas by offloading some of the technical load. In this environment, companies and their leaders need practical solutions that equip and accelerate the business for growth.
About Mergence Systems
At Mergence Systems, we bring sanity to a world of digital information systems for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Our strategies and tactics are applicable regardless of your company’s current software, stage of implementation, and challenges that hindered projects in the past. Grow the potential of your information systems by leveraging the strategies that propel Fortune 500 enterprises, top-tier universities, and innovative startups.
Daniel Mark Adsit, Principal at Mergence Systems, has completed business systems projects in almost every functional domain at organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to startups, including Intel, Eaton Corporation, Altera, and Hubspot agencies, and top-tier universities such as MIT. He has earned engineering and management degrees, in information science and systems disciplines, from both MIT and Cornell. Daniel is publicly recommended by CEOs, general managers, distinguished educators, founders of boutique consulting agencies, retired military officers, and senior leaders at global organizations and is a published author in the domain of systems by the IEEE.
At Mergence Systems, we believe that leaders in this futuristic time need practical, specific, straightforward, and unbiased solutions.
Most people understand either the technology or the business. Mergence Systems understands the dynamic interactions between technology and business and helps create the glue that connects everything together.
- The Problem With Innovation: The Biggest Companies Are Hogging All the Gains, The Wall Street Journal (https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-problem-with-innovation-the-biggest-companies-are-hogging-all-the-gains-1531680310)
- Model-Based Systems Engineering Uptake in Engineering Practice, IEEE (https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8465998)