As a management services company partnering with K-12 districts across the country, Worldgate has often witnessed district organizations that are hoping to achieve major change invest heavy into technology solutions while underestimating the investment needed in their people and processes. Districts that can marry their people and process with new enterprise technologies do so by recognizing the need for an Organizational Change Managementstrategy.
There are some awesome and innovative technology solutions in the education market today, but all too often are not fully embraced by a district due to an underestimation of the effort needed for Organizational Change Management during implementations. Most district goals are not about the technology itself, but rather about student achievement, process improvements, staff development and becoming a more data-driven organization. Districts believe those goals should be achieved as a result of the technology. However, just “turning it on” does not automatically deliver the change that districts really need or desire.
Implementation of new technology is most successful when all of the user communities are considered before the project begins and along the way through its adoption. By understanding how each different stakeholder group can achieve its goals through the adoption of the technology, training and communication plans can be put in place to ensure that each of these groups is excited about the new technology and will not only adopt the change but will embrace the change.
Organizational Change Management succeeds when it is driven by the top levels of district leadership with an aligned focus on the processes, organizational staff, and cultural issues that arise from the implementation of new technology. Buying into the right Organizational Change Management strategy can be the key to ensure stakeholders across all levels of the organization are truly embracing the new technology and its capabilities while they continue to support the main mission of a district, which is to educate children.
As an Infor implementation partner specializing in the K-12 market, Worldgate emphasizes Organizational Change Management when implementing Infor’s innovative suite of business applications to educational institutions across the US. In joining forces with Infor, our mission is to help our education customers innovate and transform their business. In teaming with Infor, our industry-focused services serve as a natural complement to Infor’s industry-focused suite of applications and can help provide true value to our customers.
Scott Montgomery, Managing Partner, Worldgate