Digital acceleration is pushing business leaders to turn their three-year roadmap for digital transformation into an iterative implementation that can promote long-term changes to stay competitive and support business and customer needs. From budgeting for new, adaptable innovations that foster enterprise agility to building strategic partner ecosystems, it’s clear that decision makers are taking action to stay competitive in the current landscape.
COVID-19 Has Shifted Boards’ Focus to Digital Investment
A notable finding of the survey is a major increase in reported board-level focus on digital transformation pre-pandemic to today, jumping from 42% at the start of 2020 to 55% currently. As the pandemic situation evolves, this number is expected to keep rising. Additionally, those industries that started 2020 at the bottom in terms of board-level digital focus have reported the greatest increases throughout the year, closing the gap and representing a leveling of digital investment focus across industries. The survey also shows 88% of organizations already have a formal digital transformation strategy in place, and 57% have a tactical roadmap to follow, making next-generation implementations under digital acceleration vital for resilience.
Architecture Agility Empowers Business Stability
The pandemic has disrupted business globally, with 62% of organizations reporting a negatively disrupted supply chain and 90% reporting a change in demand (either positive or negative). The takeaway is a need for greater flexibility built into business process and technology architecture to respond to uncertain environments now and in the future.
For large and complex legacy organizations, the inability to quickly adapt and test business models in an iterative fashion poses a critical challenge to transformation. An increased focus on next-gen technologies such as cybersecurity and cloud are necessary for future-proofing today’s enterprises.
COVID Highlights the Importance of a Strategic Partner Ecosystem
Business leaders are well aware that today’s business ecosystem extends beyond their individual organization. The survey reveals 45% of respondents use a partner ecosystem to execute their enterprise digital transformation and 48% report external partners as playing a role in defining their digital transformation strategy.
Additional findings from the survey include:
The full report includes comprehensive data on the key technology investment areas, utilization metrics of digital capabilities and technologies, and barriers to digital transformation success.