Implementing business change isn't easy. If you don't get it right, success can be limited. One method to understand the impact of the change is to look at your business in four sections.
The people section focuses on the staff within your organisation, not just within the area of change, but everyone who undertakes the work of the organisation.
The organization includes looking at the management structure of your business, and how the roles, responsibilities and staff resources are deployed across the business.
The third section looks at the processes the organisation has in place to deliver its products or services to its customers.
The final area looks at the technology infrastructure your organisation has in place, ie the hardware and software that supports the work done by the business.
These four sections remind us of the areas a business needs to consider when implementing change. If you were considering introducing a new IT system, then its use could impact across the other three areas.
It could change the processes and documentation currently being undertaken and collected. These changes in processes could mean the roles and responsibilities with the organisation need to be reconsidered. Finally the staff within the business might require training on the use of the new system.
As you can see, a change in one area can have far reaching impacts.
Thinking about these four areas can help you to understand whether there are other considerations which need to take place as a consequence of the initial change.