"However, the research shows that most respondents are falling behind a small and elite set of competitors who have cracked the IT Transformation code, and they're competing more vigorously because of it," he said.
"As organisations progress in their IT Transformation investments, they can overcome the conflict between legacy IT and digital business initiatives to realise their goals, speed time to market and increase competitiveness," said Goulden.
Many organisations are still measuring application cycle times in months, if not years; have siloed infrastructures; and continue to grapple with rigid legacy architectures - all barriers to undertaking a successful digital transformation, he added.
Paul Henaghan, president, South Asia & Korea, Dell EMC, commented: "As organisations in the Asia Pacific and Japan region look at ways to reinvent their business models to thrive in the digital age, an optimised IT infrastructure that is agile and customer-focused is essential."
"The findings of this research highlight the importance of organisations' understanding where they are today in terms of IT transformation maturity," he said. "This is a critical first step to achieving their digital transformation goals."
Some study details
The ESG 2017 IT Transformation Maturity Curve study was based on the global survey responses from 1,000 participating organisations, which were segmented into the following four IT Transformation maturity stages:
- Stage 1 - Legacy (12 percent): falls short on many - if not all - of the dimensions of IT Transformation in the ESG study
- Stage 2 - Emerging (41 percent): showing progress in IT Transformation but having minimal deployment of modern data centre technologies
- Stage 3 - Evolving (42 percent): showing commitment to IT Transformation and having a moderate deployment of modern data centre technologies and IT delivery methods
- Stage 4 - Transformed (5 percent): furthest along in IT Transformation initiatives
The majority of respondents (71 percent) agree that IT Transformation is essential to ongoing business competitiveness. Of the 'Transformed' companies, 85 percent believe their organisations are in a 'very strong' or 'strong' position to compete and succeed in their market over the next few years contrasted with 43 percent of the least mature companies.
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