Is the “Business Operating System” the New Standard?
When you look at the simple definition of an operating system in the Meriam-Webster dictionary, it’s defined as “the main program in a computer that controls the way the computer works and makes it possible for other programs to function.” In other words, it’s a collection of utilities that allow you to do something— the same “somethings” that, in business, help you to reach your biggest goals. Is the “Business Operating System” the New Standard?
With that definition in mind, think back to the days of Microsoft desktop domination. A few years ago, if a growing company had about 100 employees (all of which were on Windows) and a department decided to go the route of Mac, it would be frustrating, challenging and often, make it difficult to work together.
Luckily, things have progressed in a few short years. In this day and age, we have interoperability and more, the benefit of software that can act as specific “business operating systems” to help companies accomplish their goals. We’ve progressed again to a place where we have the option of utilizing solutions that give us the means to accomplish a number of tasks, including those around communication, efficiently and more easily.
Today, it’s not rare for corporates to see real tangible benefits in this ideology, with an ever-increasing shift towards including more robust solutions into their arsenal. We’ve moved beyond “collaboration software” with options that can truly allow for an outcomes-based approach— a focus on accomplishing more with less.
For a growing number of businesses, this means finding real value in the idea of software that allows each employee, partner and colleague to maximize every interaction, focusing on end-results vs. the functionality provided alone by each individual tool used to get there.
To be truly successful in an ultra-competitive business space, it’s about more than just focusing on utility. Though having the capacity and instruments to reach your desired outcomes is important, alone, these are simply individual functionalities. Unless they’re used in deliberate and meaningful way, these channels alone can’t affect change or the ability to reach major milestones.
We’ve moved past the “old school” way of doing things, with siloed operations and functionality, to a time of implementing less solutions that can help us to reach our goals much more quickly. These new go-tos “[make] it possible for other programs to function” in a much stronger way in the background of daily business communication.
In the end, you know the outcomes that you want to achieve. Tools alone are simply tools— but with an outcomes-focused mentality in every process you implement, you’ll have the mindset to actually get there.
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