Organisations around the world realise they need to embrace IT transformation in order to succeed, and are under increasing pressure to do so.
These are among the findings from Dell EMC research conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) into the benefits of IT transformation, validating that transformation can result in bottom-line benefits that drive business differentiation, innovation and growth.

Today’s business landscape is rife with disruption, much of it driven by organisations using technology in new or innovative ways. In order to survive and thrive in today’s digital world, businesses are implementing new technologies, processes and skillsets to best address changing customer needs.

A fundamental first step to this change is transforming IT, to help organisations bring products to market faster, remain competitive and drive innovation.

According to ESG’s 2018 IT Transformation Maturity Study commissioned by Dell EMC and Intel:

* 81% of survey respondents agree if they do not embrace IT transformation, their organisation will no longer be competitive in their markets, up from 71% in 2017.

* 88% of respondents say their organisation is under pressure to deliver new products and services at an increasing rate.

* Transformed organisations are 22-times as likely to be ahead of the competition when bringing new products and services to market.

* Transformed organisations are 2,5-times more likely to believe they are in a strong position to compete and succeed in their markets over the next few years.

* Transformed companies are 18-times more likely to make better and faster data-driven decisions than their competition and are twice as likely to exceed their revenue goals.

“Data is the new competitive edge – yet it’s become highly distributed across the edge, the core data centre and cloud,” says Jeff Clarke, vice-chairman: products and operations at Dell Technologies. “Organisations realise they have to move quickly to turn that data into business intelligence – requiring an end-to-end IT infrastructure that can manage, analyse, store and protect data everywhere it lives.

“We’re in the business of better business outcomes, giving our customers the ability make that end-to-end strategy a reality, driving disruptive innovation without the fear of being disrupted themselves.”

The ESG 2018 IT Transformation Maturity Study follows the seminal study commissioned by Dell EMC, the ESG 2017 IT Transformation Maturity Study, and was designed to provide insight into the state of IT transformation, the business benefits fully transformed companies experience, and the role critical technologies have in an IT transformation.

ESG employed a research-based, data-driven maturity model to identify different stages of IT Transformation progress and determine the degree to which global organisations have achieved those different stages, based on their responses to questions about their organisations’ adoption of modernised data center technologies, automated IT processes and transformed organisational dynamics.

“Companies today need to be agile to stay competitive and drive growth, and IT transformation can be a major enabler of that,” says John McKnight, vice-president of research at Enterprise Strategy Group. “It’s clear that IT transformation is increasingly resonating with companies and that senior executives recognise how it is pivotal to overall business strategy and competitiveness.

“While achieving transformation can be a major endeavour, our research shows ‘Transformed’ companies experience real business results, including being more likely to be ahead of the competition in bringing new products and services to market, making better, faster data-driven decisions than their competition, and exceeding their revenue goals.”

This year’s 4 000 participating organisations were segmented into the same IT transformation maturity stages:

* Stage 1 – Legacy (6%): Falls short on many – if not all – of the dimensions of IT transformation in the ESG study.

* Stage 2 – Emerging (45%): Showing progress in IT transformation but having minimal deployment of modern data centre technologies.

* Stage 3 – Evolving (43%): Showing commitment to IT transformation and having a moderate deployment of modern data centre technologies and IT delivery methods.

* Stage 4 – Transformed (6%): Furthest along in IT transformation initiatives.

This year’s findings show organisations are progressing in IT maturity and generally believe transformation is a strategic imperative.

* 96 % of respondents said they have digital transformation initiatives underway – either at the planning stage, at the beginning of implementation, in process, or mature.

* Respondents whose organisations have achieved Transformed status are 16-times more likely to have mature digital transformation projects underway versus Legacy companies (66% compared with 4%).

* Transformed organisations were more than twice as likely to have exceeded their revenue targets in the past year compared with Legacy organisations (94% compared to 44%).

* 84% of respondents with mature digital transformation initiatives underway said they were in a strong or very strong position to compete and succeed.

IT Transformation maturity can accelerate innovation, drive growth, increase IT efficiency and reduce cost. More specifically:

* Transformed organisations are able to reallocate 17% more of their IT budget toward innovation.

* They complete three-times more IT projects ahead of schedule and are 10-times more likely to deploy the majority of their applications ahead of schedule.

* Transformed organisations also report they complete 14% more IT projects under budget and spend 31% less on business-critical applications.