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The UK is lagging behind most countries, when it comes to implementing digital transformation, according to a new report from Brocade.
The network solutions provider surveyed 630 decision-makers in large enterprises across the US, UK, France, Germany, Singapore and Australia. The research found that while IT departments are generally seen as critical to innovation, 79% of IT professionals believe that they are restricted in their ability to assist with digital transformation adequately.
The firm said that that daily tasks, such as maintaining data security and privacy and legacy systems, are taking up too much time and that opportunities to innovate and transform are being missed as a result.
Respondents in the UK were the least likely to be successfully implementing digital transformation (73%, compared to 87% globally) and were the least likely to feel that it is important in achieving business objectives (82%, compared to 94% globally).
“For the last two decades, legacy IT infrastructure held back businesses from innovating on their terms. The IT department has found itself having to say ‘no’ to new business opportunities too often. It wasn’t supposed to be that way,” said Christine Heckart, chief marketing officer and senior vice president of ecosystems, Brocade. “We know from experience, and our report confirms, how critical IT is to enabling innovation, but too many businesses are restricted in their ability to adopt digital transformation and drive this change, It’s clear that if IT departments could spend less time ‘keeping the lights on’, then they could devote more time to creating value, reducing costs and increasing revenues. Organizations need to be more fluid with their uptake and deployment of technology.”
The biggest inhibitors to digital transformation were lack of budget (49%), security concerns (43%), the inflexibility of current systems (26%), and the time drain of maintaining legacy systems (22%).
The pressures being felt by IT departments spells clear oppurunities for the channel, specifically managed service providers and VARs, with almost a third (29%) of respondents stating that the limits of legacy technology were preventing them from delivering even on immediate business demands.