Okay, I am a math junkie. And I love spreadsheets. And formulas. And headers that perfectly define a column. And color coded cells to call attention to a great outcome. So why do I bring this up when my topic for the day is Business Alignment & Change Management? Because I want you to understand that your company will not need most of the spreadsheets you are passing around if your technologies are fully automated and reporting out on business data as designed. It is a novel concept, but it continues to be easier said than done, so I will get to my point…

One of the greatest issues with managing our business today is that we have added so many technologies that we don’t know where one stops and the other begins. An even greater issue occurs when we will pay $25,000 for the technology and can’t bring ourselves to pay the additional $50,000 in technical consulting and training required to fully understand how to leverage the technologies to actually automate processes and reporting.

Yes, it could cost you two times the cost of a new technology to do it right. And this technical support and training is the critical first step in managing change for your company. Remember, you cannot have business alignment without change management.