, Nov 24, 2017
IT leaders report slow progress over the last 12 months, but have big plans to overcome barriers to digital enablement - Logicalis Global CIO Survey 2017/18
→ 51% plan to replace and/or adapt existing infrastructure
→ 51% plan to attempt culture change
CIOs are more determined than ever to deliver digital transformation, despite being frustrated in their efforts over the last 12 months, according to a global survey carried out by Logicalis, the international IT solutions and managed services provider.
The Logicalis Global CIO Survey 2017/18 polled 890 CIOs across 23 countries and found CIO optimism around digital transformation progress had dampened compared to last year. Overall, though just 11% have no desire for transformation, CIOs report scant progress:
- Just 5% classify their organisations as ‘digital innovators’ (down from 6% last year)
- Fewer see their organisations as early adopters (19%, down from 22% in 2016)
- The proportion giving their organisations a middling score, characterising themselves as part of an early majority is up to 49% from 45%
CIOs attempting to deliver digital transformation point to complexity, cost, culture, skills and security as the main barriers to realising this goal - 44% of CIOs cite complex legacy technology as a main barrier, 50% point to cost and 56% say organisational culture is an issue, while 34% point to a lack of skills and 32% cite security issues.
Far from disheartened, however, CIOs have big plans to take control. Asked how they planned to overcome barriers to digital transformation:
- 51% said they plan to replace and/or adapt existing infrastructure
- 51% want to attempt culture change
- 38% will address skills shortages through increased training and development
- 31% expect to invest in extra security capabilities
Commenting on the survey findings, Mark Rogers, CEO of Logicalis Group, said: “Change is now the norm. Just as we set a course based on our understanding of the technology landscape, that landscape changes. CIOs must accept that change is constant and work out how to get on the front foot – to shape change rather than being governed by it.”