Digital technology is so intrinsic to our personal lives that we barely think about the fitness trackers and smartphones that are as much a part of us as the clothing we wear. For organizations, the shift to digital is more disruptive and the stakes far higher. Digital transformation has been high on the executive agenda for a few years and, for many, harnessing data has become a significant force for value and revenue creation.
Agility has emerged as an organizational superpower as businesses grapple with change and uncertainty in their own customer bases and in the global political and economic landscape. IT has been thrust into the spotlight as the unwitting hero of the story – tasked with delivering on the digital vision, implementing all manner of applications and building firm infrastructure foundations to support the latest digital initiatives. In an increasingly on-demand world, it is this final point that often gets
overlooked in the rush for the next shiny new technologies. EVOLUTION 2017 Data Economy Report is a large, global study measuring the digital state of today’s businesses and how well they are putting their data to work to drive innovation. The report also acts as a 2017 benchmark for organizations accelerating into the “Cloud Era” and gauging where they are in balancing infrastructure and applications in their business and how this is set to evolve as we approach 2020.
More than 9,000 IT leaders across twenty-four countries spanning three key regions - North America (NAM), Asia Pac (APJ) and EMEA / Russia - contributed to EVOLUTION 2017 and this report summarizes the key findings across all geographies. Key themes and stats explored in the report include:
- The digital gold rush
- The great workload dilemma
- Cloud – migrations and mistakes?
- Data: taking back control in uncertain times.