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What Do My Customers Want?

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Unless you have serious political campaign fatigue and have blocked out every media message, it’s likely you’ve been exposed to the sweeping changes that digital innovation and technology are bringing to the business world. In fact, a few pundits have noted that the expectation for digital innovation and technology may surpass the business impact of the internet.

The question is not a handwringing "what to do?" but rather "how can our organization take advantage?" Then, as quickly as possible, leap ahead of competition, grab market space and market share, garner a higher portion of wallet from customers, and make progress toward your goals.

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In our experience, organizations typically grapple with three main goals:

1. Connecting to their customers in a meaningful way – For example, an Australian customer we worked with saw the impact of moving from a manual paper-based sales order system to a digital-based system that is fast and accurate. And it saw a typical two-week contract renewal cycle reduced to just one hour. The Infor Digital Engineering team provided a way to evaluate existing processes, and they proposed the optimal mix of software solutions to help make this change happen.

2. Improving employee engagement – With today’s multigenerational workforce and the ease of technologies like smart phones, iPads, apps, streaming and such, many workers expect the work systems they use to operate in much the same way as those in their personal life. When working with several retail customers on work scheduling, we found it was typically incumbent on employees to go to the store to get their schedule. By examining the process, Infor digital engineers were able to understand the current operations and integrate a digital system whereby employees are notified about their work schedule via text, email, or even their wearable technology.

3. Creating greater operating efficiencies – That’s expected if you improve the connection to your customers and employees. But there is more opportunity here in the realm of data analytics. When it comes to digital innovation, this area is very important. Analytics used to with predictive and mean a view of what was done yesterday, last week, or last month. But now, we can look forward prescriptive analytic capabilities. The Infor Digital Engineering team has just launched a new project, called Reveal, with manufacturing and healthcare companies. And we’re looking for volunteers who are interested in building world-class predictive and prescriptive analytic capabilities with us. If that’s you, contact the Infor Digital Engineering team.

There is solid research available discussing the impact of digital on growth. According to Dell Technologies, 34 percent of businesses are evaluating what to do, and only 15 percent of companies are doing nothing. Don’t let that be you.

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