Just under half of Irish businesses (43%) are still to embark on a digital transformation strategy with budget and resources identified as the biggest barrier (73%), according to a new survey of IT professionals by services company Ergo. Other obstacles include legacy IT systems (55%), cooperation between departments (45%), and buy-in from leadership (30%).
The survey coincides with “Journey to the Agile Edge”, events co-hosted by Ergo and Microsoft in Dublin (today at Croke Park) and Cork, where keynote speakers will identify the adoption of digital technologies as imperative for survival in disruptive times.
John Purdy, CEO of Ergo, commented on the survey: “There‘s a real concern that many Irish companies are sleepwalking into trouble because they haven’t grasped that a new wave of technology could be the difference between being a disruptor and the disrupted.”
Damian Costello, a consultant and keynote speaker at the event, believes businesses underestimate the scale of change that’s coming their way. “If you think your business or your sector is somehow immune from disruption, you’re wrong,” he said. “I don’t believe any market is safe so it’s incumbent on every IT leader to leverage digital technology and innovate.”
There was better news around the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) with 84% of companies taking measures to be prepared and more than half confident that they have a good understanding of what it will mean to their businesses when it comes into force in May next year.
Around 43% of companies believe that the GDPR requires “substantial change” within their organisations, while 50% are planning “minor change”. Around 8% are expecting no change at all.
John Purdy commented: “Compliance and security needs to be embedded into every business as part of their digital transformation journey, and success will depend on the ingenuity of inhouse IT experts and their service providers. It’s increasingly something our clients are asking us to help them with.”
The second Journey to the Agile Edge event with Ergo and Microsoft will take place in Maryborough Hotel, Cork on Thursday 25th May. Tickets for the free half-day events are available at: http://www.agileedge.ie
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