Who’s Ready to Fully Embrace Digital?
Keeping pace with the evolving digital marketplace requires not only increased innovation, but also updated systems, tools, and teams. Accenture and Forrester Research reported in their Digital Transformation in the Age of the Customer study that only 26% of organizations considered themselves fully operationally ready to execute against their digital strategies. In order to deliver on the promise of digital transformation, organizations must also modernize their infrastructure to support the increased speed, scale, and change that comes with it.
With our first State of Digital Transformation Readiness survey, we wanted to see what steps, if any, were being taken to prepare for transformation. We were pleased to find that companies of all sizes are investing in at least the fundamental stages of readiness: 79% are implementing or have already implemented a plan to optimize infrastructure to enable digital transformation.
Unsurprisingly, the majority of respondents (57%) have not yet fully transitioned to an all-cloud environment. Interestingly, monitoring and alerting is believed to be the second-most important monetary investment, after cloud, for achieving digital transformation readiness. And, while 95% of IT Ops and DevOps indicated that their individual role impacts the success of their company’s digital transformation initiatives, the strategy for modernizing infrastructure prior to digital transformation isn’t exclusively owned by IT or dev management, but overseen by C-suite executives (CEO, CIO, CTO) half the time, indicating that operational preparedness may be understood as essential to success at the highest level of the business.