It is January 2019 and like many an optimistic person, IT companies like us make up their own list of resolutions. Much like the ‘lose more weight – eat better – exercise more – be healthier’ resolution for millions around the world, the same resolve pops up annually for us– without fail – but in different shapes and forms. Our recurring promise to ourselves has always been “this year we will build/launch/promote/update our intranet”. This promise appeared at the top of the list every year – except for the last two.
Given the current circumstances, companies should learn how to mature and progress regularly to keep up in this digital age. However, change within established organizations isn’t easy and sometimes seems downright impossible. Keeping in mind that we are only focusing on changing one aspect, encompassing priorities and processes and overlooking the core habits that employees have honed overtime. Taking into account that changing ones habits is one of the most difficult and long term tasks; if the organization does not have the engine or the platform the employees need to facilitate the change, then, the transformation will never be successful.
For IT professionals in the Gulf region, 2018 was almost unequivocally the year of digital learning. Instantly after Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid launched the Translation Challenge a year ago to produce 5,000 Arabic videos for e-learning, the race was on for governmental and private organizations to go digital with their training and learning.