Digital transformation push yielding mixed results

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Around the globe, CIOs are acknowledging that the pace of digital transformation has slowed, citing complexity, cost, skill shortages and security issues among the key reasons.

Organizations that embrace the concept of transformation have only achieved minimal advancements to date, according to a new survey of 890 CIOs of middle-market companies across 23 countries. The survey, conducted by IT service provider Logicalis, also found that:

  • 11 percent of companies have “no desire” for transformation.
  • Just 5 percent of CIOs classify their organizations as “digital innovators,” down from 6 percent last year.
  • Only 19 percent of CIOs view their organizations as early adopters, also down from last year’s 22 percent.
  • Yet almost halve of the CIOs surveyed (49 percent) see themselves as part of an “early majority” in terms of digital transformation, up from 45 percent the year before.

Overcoming Difficulties

Notably, 44 percent of the CIO respondents point to the complexity of their technology initiatives as their chief obstacle, while 50 percent point to the cost of the undertakings. More than half (56 percent) consider their organization’s culture a major barrier, and a third say a lack of skills (34 percent) and security issues (32 percent) are significant hurdles.

Yet these same CIOs have big plans for overcoming these impediments:

  • 51 percent say they are planning to replace or adapt their existing infrastructure.
  • 51 percent are making efforts to alter their organizations’ culture.
  • 38 percent are addressing skills shortages through increased training.
  • 31 percent plan to invest in additional security safeguards.

So how does this all add up?

“The way businesses view technology is undergoing an exciting yet fundamental shift,” concludes Vince DeLuca, CEO of Logicalis US. The goal, he says, is no longer to provide tools for people to do their jobs, but to give them access to the information they need. “IT leaders around the world not only recognize this,” he says, “but they are determined to provide the platform their organizations need to embrace the change that is to come.”

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