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Why 9 out of 10 digital transformation projects fail

Scott Carey | July 31, 2017
Research from NoSQL database vendor Couchbase shows that nine out of 10 digital transformation projects fail, and legacy technology is largely to blame.

One interesting finding was that enterprises surveyed said they have to wait an average of 28 hours before their databases could take advantage of data, which makes real-time data use within customer-facing applications unattainable.

Lack of resource and the complexity of using multiple technologies were also cited as issues.

Spencer Izard, chief analyst for enterprise technology practice at Ovum believes that organisations tend to fail with digital transformation projects because they are fundamentally underprepared.

"No matter the industry or country the common theme in regards to digital, for organisations who have started their journey, is that they were often unprepared in understanding the technological baseline and organisational appetite that should be established to digitally transform," he told Computerworld UK.

"At its core, digital transformation is about leveraging data as a strategic asset," Izard added. "Databases play a vital role in this evolution from a technology perspective but the aggregation, integration, and analysis of data is at the heart of digital transformation."


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