The DT Index is a global benchmark indicating organizations’ status of digital transformation and their performance across the globe. The survey included 4,300 business leaders (C-suite to Director) from mid-size to enterprise companies across 18 countries.
A new digital transformation curve
Since the first DT Index in 2016 and the next in 2018, this year’s results track the first rise in the number of Digital Leaders (the most digitally mature organization) to six percent. Digital Adopters (the second most digitally mature group) has grown from 23 percent in 2018 to 39 percent in 2020– a 16-percentage point increase.
The DT Index also records a modest drop since 2018 in the number of Digital Laggards (the least digitally mature group) by 6-percentage points and a steep fall in the second to last group, Digital Followers, by 17-percentage points. These organizations are moving up, into the Digital Adopter and Digital Evaluator groups, which have expanded in tandem.
“We’ve been given a glimpse of the future, and the organizations that are accelerating their digital transformation now will be poised for success in the Data Era that is unfolding before our eyes”, says Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO, Dell Technologies.
Barriers to transformation
The pandemic may have catalyzed digital transformation across the globe, but continuous transformation is challenging: 94 percent of are facing entrenched barriers to transformation. According to the 2020 DT Index, the following are the top-3 barriers to digital transformation success”
Responding in an uncertain world
Prior to the pandemic, business investments were strongly focused on foundational technologies, rather than emerging technologies. The vast majority, 89 percent recognizethat as a result of disruption this year, they need a more agile/scalable IT infrastructure to allow of contingencies. The DT Index shows the top technology investments for the next one to three years:
And recognizing the importance of emerging technologies, 82 percent of respondents envision increased usage of Augmented Reality to learn how to do or fix things in an instant; 85 percent foresee organizations using Artificial Intelligence and data models to predict potential disruptions, and 78 percent predict distributed ledgers - such as Blockchain - will make the gig economy fairer (by cutting out the intermediary). Despite these findings, only 16 percent are planning to invest in Virtual/Augmented Reality, just 32 percent intend to invest in Artificial Intelligence and a mere 15 percent plan to invest distributed ledgers in the next one to three years.