Leadership insight: Survival of the fittest

Posted by Cranfield School of Management on 10-Nov-2015 11:00:00

A business does better when its technology evolves with the times, but many leaders struggle to innovate theirs quickly enough. That’s because things often get in the way of change, from a culture of legacy systems, to clunky business processes that take too long to complete.

In today’s business world, where it’s a case of survival of the fittest, this is a common problem, with this research by Hitachi Consulting revealing that 90% of IT decision-makers think legacy systems get in the way of more effective digital solutions.

To resolve the problem, leaders need to recognise the power of emerging solutions, and embrace a more flexible approach to business. If they don’t, they run the risk of reducing operational efficiencies, being overtaken by competitors, and causing workplace frustrations. 

As Stephen Ball, regional vice president and general manager for Hitachi Data Systems, puts it: “Technology infrastructure is not the only barrier — business culture is also proving to be a challenge. 

“To become more agile, organisations need to break down the barriers and foster a collaborative working environment, to enable them to move further towards a real-time model. This will in turn evolve skills sets and create a more productive workforce.”

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