The simple answer to the opening question is… “If the business wants to keep up, they are!”
Leading companies across various industries (healthcare, retail, finance, etc.) have eased into an operating model that has transformed their technology mindset from “business support” to “BUSINESS DRIVER!” Becoming a technology company doesn’t mean that each of these companies is changing their product or service to sell infrastructure, code, or software. In this era, a technology company utilizes technology as a critical proponent to enhancing its operations, experiences, and capabilities.
If every great company becomes a technology company, how can you use this to stand out further in your career?
Here are two simple but powerful points of advice:
EMBRACE the technology and RUN WITH IT
The amount of technology introduced into every person’s daily profession (devices, software, tools, machines, etc.) can be amazing and overwhelming at the same time. In fact, there are times where it probably seems like the technology makes jobs harder because it can be overwhelming enough just learning the new software and tools.
This fact has led to a heightened focus for employers to focus on what potential employees know how to do something AND the tools they use to do it! New technology and tools are being introduced into various professions every day! Some don’t stick around and while others can revolutionize a profession.
If you want to stand out, then embrace and master the technology you are exposed to because it could quickly be what separates you later on.
Become a SOLUTIONS THINKER and not just a TASK EXECUTIONER
One of the most sought-after technology benefits is automation. Technology specialists worldwide are constantly looking at tasks and processes that can be automated for efficiency within any industry.
Some professionals might see this as a threat to their career, but solution thinkers should see this as the key to unlocking more time for impactful business creativity.
This goes back to embracing the technology, especially the technology allowing professionals to do their jobs better and faster. This best practice allows creative and forward thinkers to stand out.
In many leading companies, some leaders have emerged (the solutions thinkers) who are constantly looking for ways to have the most significant impact on the business AND are proactively looking at what advancements in technology and processes can help!
Think about it… What if you introduce your company to a technology that changed how they did business for the better?