Running an SME is never a walk in the park. For many companies, the coronavirus pandemic adds whole new levels of uncertainty: from wavering demand and interrupted supply chains to a displaced workforce, stuck at home. Now more than ever, digital transformation can offer the guidance and stability organizations require.
According to a note from the OECD, a series of global business surveys conducted between February and June 2020 indicates “severe disruption and concerns” among SMEs. The impact of the pandemic is visible on many fronts, i.e.:
“Faced with these numerous disruptions and uncertainties, SMEs in a wide range of sectors are turning to data-driven solutions to re-instate a sense of stability,” explains Steven Lenaerts, partner at delaware. “This can happen in many ways: exploring digital alternatives to the physical supply chain, improving product quality and reducing scrap, optimizing plant capacity, monitoring employee well-being with AI-powered experience management, getting more accurate demand forecasting, etc.”
“Companies are realizing that the only way forward is by learning how to navigate this uncertainty,” Thierry Bruyneel, partner at delaware, adds. “What’s more, the disruptions of the past few months have instilled a new sense of urgency: many businesses are actively looking to fast-track their digital transformation projects. They don’t want to be taken by surprise anymore, but explore how digital solutions can help them generate more value, reduce costs and improve worker well-being and productivity today.”
Uncertain times demand unmatched skills and experience. Get in touch with our experts to set up your digital transformation project with delaware.