'Digital deadlock' holding technology transformations back, says IDC

By Ben Mouncer
Digital transformation projects are being held back by a so-called 'digital deadlock', reveals new research from the International Data Corporation (IDC...

Digital transformation projects are being held back by a so-called 'digital deadlock', reveals new research from the International Data Corporation (IDC) and Targus.

From a survey of 150 IT leaders across the United Kingdom, a notable 94% of organisations are undergoing some form of digital transformation - but many of these initiatives are being halted by blockers preventing employers from managing change.

Ensuring individuals are educated, engaged and know how to correctly deploy technologies is fundamental to the success of any digital transformation project, according to IDC.

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"The findings of this study showcase a clear relationship between getting the right workplace tools in place and improved productivity and employee engagement," said Marcus Harvey from Targus.

"Yet, getting to this point requires leadership and team consultation. Despite technology being the driver behind digital transformation, people are the true agents of change, so making sure they are engaged and bought into the vision behind such moves is critical to improving the working environment."

Nathan Budd, Senior Consulting Manager at IDC, added: "For organisations serious about delivering transformed working environments, agility, productivity and innovation, it’s time to invest in the right tools for the job. This requires a fundamental shift in the way in which leaders introduce new technology, the way they define customer experience, as well as the way in which they engage employees and stakeholders."

Just 5% of the survey sample claim to have already ‘completed’ digital transformations, which includes employers upgrading the devices provided to their workforce to enable greater levels of productivity, collaboration and agility, as well as improving talent attraction and retention.

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