Business needs to push aside old styles to empower their people to take risks

Pierre Havenga, Managing Director, Vertiv Middle East and Africa.

Organisations around the world are relying on ever-evolving technology now more than before to help drive innovation, strategy, generate growth and have a competitive edge over other companies. Technology has become an essential and indispensable part of almost every business and is required for businesses to evolve and grow. 

Imagine a company or a small business enterprise trying to operate without the use of Internet. Take any form of business technology; from video conferencing to the virtual sale of a product or perhaps having a more secure method for online banking and shopping – technology plays a massive role in business.

Many business heads are aggressively trying to transform their companies, seeking primarily to improve performance by changing behaviour and competencies throughout the organisation. Digital transformation involves multiple business functions ranging from marketing to IT operations. 

The need for digital transformation which involves removing traditional mindsets is stronger now more than ever. The sooner the shift happens, the higher the chances of survival, especially in highly competitive international markets. 

Leaders with a digital transformation mindset see the benefits of investing more in developing digital capabilities and improve operational efficiency. The digital business transformation mindset also helps uncover new opportunities to be exploited. 

Business leaders also need to be acutely aware of potential disruptors, and how to respond to them. It is key to keep an open mindset that adapts well to rapid change and transformation, and to challenges that one might not have faced before. An innovative business head needs to push aside old leadership and management styles to empower their people to self-direct, make decisions, experiment, generate ideas, and take risks.

Vertiv infrastructure solutions can be customised to meet customer requirements and operate within frameworks that take into consideration any kind of requirement or constraint. For example, BMW Group required a flexible, energy-efficient and scalable IT infrastructure that could secure reliable communications between dealers and suppliers worldwide. 

This approach required a tailored combination of central and local datacentre components, seamlessly connecting national and international logistic centers and production sites together. As a specialist in critical infrastructure, Vertiv was able to design, manufacture and supply a series of racks and integrated solutions to provide BMW Group with an innovative IT infrastructure.

Furthermore, Vertiv have recently transferred to a global ERP platform to improve its ability to manage inventory and other financial transactional data, simplifying our internal processes. With improved real-time analytic tools, our business leaders are able to make faster and more effective decisions. Moreover, Vertiv have global training programs to enhance employee skillset and help keep up with the deployment of the latest technologies and tools.

Long-term business success depends on a company’s ability to not only plan but execute a digital transformation, which enhances a customer’s buying journey. To push ahead, Vertiv must think analytically at how the right technology fits the customer’s environment and objectives which in turn drives sustainable growth. 


Highlights

  • Business heads are trying to transform by seeking to improve performance by changing behaviour and competencies. 
  • Digital transformation involves multiple business functions ranging from marketing to IT operations. 
  • The need for digital transformation which involves removing traditional mindsets is stronger now more than ever. 
  • The digital business transformation mindset also helps uncover new opportunities to be exploited. 
  • Vertiv has the capability to design intelligent infrastructure software that unites a customer’s complex IT and datacentre ecosystems.
  • Business head needs to push aside old leadership and management styles to empower their people to take risks.

By Pierre Havenga, Managing Director, Vertiv Middle East and Africa.