Migrate the Company
Yes, you are migrating their data. Email. Financials. Operations. Manufacturing. Customers. Research and Development. Lots of data. You are replacing hardware, installing software, changing and improving configurations and scripts and a whole lot of other really cool tech stuff. Good for you.
What’s more important to the customer is that you are migrating them from where they are as a company to a new place. A place with better tools, more efficient processes, more productive people, and more money in the bank. You are migrating their company. You are migrating THEM, the customer.
A failure to see it that way, and to approach it that way, can be fatal.
Part of what you are migrating is the way in which their people do what they do every day. It cannot be emphasized enough. The reason most migration projects fail is because users fail to adopt the new environment. This is most decidedly avoidable.
Focus on the user experience. How are they going to learn the new services and capabilities that are available to them? How are they going to become adept at using them? How are they going to feel tangible improvements to the way things work? What will be their training? Where will their support resources be, and how will they take best advantage of them?
These questions go way beyond tech, and begin with your sincere concern about how outstanding the user experience be.
Back in 1980, Apple Computer introduced their very first retail sales training program called Apple SOS (say it out loud to understand the play on words) which stood for Solution-Oriented Selling. In the qualification section, new salespeople were encouraged to greet the customer, and then to extract not only their functional need but also to extract their need for training. It was explained that this was important to know, but also important because it conveyed the salesperson’s concern with the customer receiving all the value possible from their purchase of Apple products.
It is just as important today to express that concern for value as it has ever been.
It is said that everyone ultimately has the same favorite radio station, WIIFM, “What’s In It For Me” Radio!!!
This is as true of technology users as it is of anyone. The best way to motivate a user to adopt new technology is to show them the value they will receive from using it. Don’t only show them HOW to use it or WHAT to do, but also WHY it is in their own best interest to do so. Show them what’s in it for them and watch them rapidly adopt the new system.
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