Study: Only 5 percent of the companies meet the IT requirements of the digital business

the digitization makes for business transformation IT a top priority. They have to provide, their infrastructure, their IT processes and the manner IT like it, adapt to the digital age. Otherwise, they are prone to falling behind in an increasingly digitized world of business. Today 95 percent of companies do not meet state the IT requirements of the digital business yet. 71 percent of the companies agree that the transformation IT is essential for competitiveness. However, only 5 percent here are already well advanced.

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the worldwide study comes to these results “ ESG IT transformation maturity curve 2017 ” Dell EMC, for German IT decision-makers were interviewed. For the study, the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) on behalf of Dell EMC conducted a Web-based survey of 1000 senior IT executives and IT decision-makers in December 2016 and January 2017. Participants are working in large companies, come from the United States, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, Japan and Australia and represent various industries.

 companies, which are most advanced in their transformation projects, see for themselves a clear competitive advantage. (Source: Dell EMC, April 2017) companies are the most advanced in their transformation projects, see for themselves a clear competitive advantage. (Source: Dell EMC, April 2017)

the main objective of the study was to find out what is the role of the transformation of IT on the way to the digital enterprise and what level the companies have reached. For this purpose, ESG has developed a maturity model that divides the progress of the IT transformation in different stages and shows how many companies are currently level on the basis of the answers. It identified the following four levels: level 1 “legacy” 12 percent of the companies surveyed are located. You have a backlog in many, if not all dimensions of the IT transformation. The company on stage 2 “emerging” (42 percent) show progress in the IT transformation, but modern Datacenter technologies employ only minimally. Take the level 3 “evolving” (41 percent) involved in the IT transformation and use modern data center technologies, and deployment methods for IT in moderate degree. Company level are 4 “transformed” (5 percent) are the most advanced in their transformation projects.

 already transformed companies are more agile and responsive in the implementation of IT projects and the development of applications. (Source: Dell EMC, April 2017) already transformed companies are in the implementation of IT projects and the development of applications more agile and responsive. (Source: Dell EMC, April 2017)

the vast majority of all respondents (7%) agrees that the transformation IT is essential to be competitive. Companies of category “Transformed”, 85 percent of them are convinced that they are in a “very strong” or “strong” position, also the next year in their markets to succeed. However, only 43 percent believe in the Group of unreifsten companies.

a total the already transformed companies most are advanced to accelerate through the use of IT resources product innovations and their market introduction, as well as to automate previously manual activities and processes. Also consider IT Center rather than profit because as a cost center. This group exceeded its revenue targets last year almost completely (96 percent) and more than twice as often as the least mature companies. It reports company eight times more often than the unreifsten by a highly cooperative relationship between IT and business and making “excellent progress”, the IT as a profit center seven times more often rather than as a cost center to operate as the least mature companies. The Group also seven times more often regarded IT as a differentiator in business competition and six times more often than the unreifsten company IT uses to accelerate product innovation and its introduction.

 the Group of transformed enterprises exceeded their sales targets 2016 almost completely – more than twice as often as the least mature companies. (Source: Dell EMC, April 2017) the Group of transformed enterprises 2016 almost completely exceeded their sales targets – more than twice as often as the least mature companies. (Source: Dell EMC, April 2017)

modern data center technologies such as scale-out storage systems and convergent or hyper-convergent infrastructures improve the agility and responsiveness in the provision of infrastructure, the implementation of IT projects and the development of applications. 54 percent of all respondents use convergent or hyper-convergent infrastructures to support their applications, 58 percent of companies have introduced some form of scale out storage systems and 50 percent see software-defined technology as a long-term strategy, and have begun to implement it, evaluate, or plan their use.

include the introduction of modern IT processes such as self service provisioning, the operation of IT in a public cloud-style or the use of DevOps methods about the attributes of a successfully transformed company. According to the study, 36 percent of the IT departments offer “comprehensive” or “established” self service functions. 65 percent of the respondents have made “excellent” or “acceptable” progress to provide their end users IT resources, such as in a public cloud. 43 percent reported a “comprehensive” or “good” adaptation formal DevOps principles and best-practices.

the IT transformation is frequently associated with a cooperative and effective relationship between business and IT together. Against this background, the study shows that 36 percent of IT departments and their results be evaluated monthly by the Board of directors or the Supervisory Board, 38 percent more quarterly. In 39% of companies report the most IT executives directly to the CEO. 61 percent of the tire the least indicate that their business stakeholders IT as ‘solid service provider,’ but definitely regarded as a cost center.

“our study confirms what we see also in Germany at the large majority of companies: tell us, that they need to optimize their IT infrastructures to be able to seize the opportunities of the digital age”, says Dinko eror, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Dell EMC in Germany. “Most of them have fallen but behind a small elite of enterprises, which have the nose in front at the IT transformation and are thus more competitive. Companies advance their IT transformation, you can resolve the conflict between their legacy systems and their digitization projects – and make for faster market launches and higher competitiveness.”

the complete study available at Dell EMC downloadable . Interested parties can also a Dell EMC perform IT transformation self-assessment .

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