Dell DX report: 50% of companies will struggle in five years
Dell Technologies has published its second Digital Transformation Index – Digital Transformation Index II – and the findings are bleak.
Two years after the initial report, researchers say the survey of 4,600 business leaders from around the world suggests nearly half think their organisation will be obsolete within five years. The report describes the situation portrayed as "urgent".
Digital laggards vs digital leaders
Despite four in five respondents thinking digital transformation should be more widespread throughout their organisation, more than half (51 percent) think they’ll struggle to meet changing customer demands within five years.
Nearly twice as many companies qualified as ‘digital laggards’ as ‘digital leaders’, while the middle ground was also weighted towards ‘digital followers’ and ‘digital evaluators’ against ‘digital adopters’.
Emerging markets confidence in DX
Emerging markets fared better in their outlook, with 53 percent championing disruption versus 40 percent of companies in developed markets.
The report, compiled by market research group Vanson Bourne, concludes in the executive summary: “Emerging technologies are transforming our world and providing a huge opportunity for organizations to leap ahead of their peers. However, the DT Index reveals the majority of businesses still have a long way to go to realize their future. The risk of falling further behind and finding themselves on the wrong side of the digital economy is real.”
Microsoft Power BI: Enabling data culture through innovation
Businesses using Microsoft’s cloud services may be familiar with Power BI – a business analytics service that aims to provide interactive visualizations and business intelligence capabilities with a simple experience helping end users create their own reports and dashboards. Power BI is part of the Power Platform which is a set of low-code tools consisting of business intelligence, app development, bot development and process automation applications. In a world where everything is constantly changing, the Power Platform enables subject matter experts to keep up with business needs.
Today, data comes not just from transactional systems of record, but from the real world – whether it is the devices people use, to everyday human interaction. Power BI’s mission is to make access to data paramount to every business operation through its solutions and empowers individuals, teams and organizations to drive a data culture. This sentiment is further established by Arun Ulagarathchagan, Corporate Vice President of the Power BI team, adding “Our vision here in the Power BI team is to help you drive a data culture where everyone can make every decision with data.” So what can organisations expect to see next in the pipeline? Microsoft is bringing performance management to Power BI for the first time. Organisations strive to achieve certain goals, and today, goals are largely data-driven. Power BI helps make those goals more accessible and personalized in existing workflows. This means that since many teams’ data, analytics and business logic is already reported in Power BI, they can now instantly connect it to their personal/department goals. It is also worth noting that Goals is natively integrated into the Microsoft Teams experience. The goals algorithm is also AI powered, so organisations can better understand how they’re doing and where are the opportunities for improvement. Finally, Microsoft is working towards integrating it with Power Automate, so organisations can define business processes that get automatically triggered as the goals change status. Goals will soon be available as a mobile experience too, so teams can stay up to date and take action in real-time. On that note, another major announcement from Microsoft features real-time analytics. Today, data is captured from everywhere and synthesizing it in real-time allows for maximum impact. Power BI has been a pioneer in real time analytics from the start with a simple vision – that the distinctions between batch, real time, and streaming data today will disappear over time. Power BI will launch Streaming Data Flows soon, allowing every business a simple low-code way to work with real-time data.
Amir Netz, CTO Power BI concludes “Our vision is to empower everyone in the world with data, and not just the people sitting in offices, but people who are working in the real world, people who are moving things, creating things, producing things with their hands. And for this, we have to think again about how we deliver data to help them make better decision