APJ cos see the need for digital transformation; lag in implementation

As per a CA Technologies study, only 17% organizations have fully-formed digital transformation strategies

APJ cos see the need for digital transformation; lag in implementation - CIO&Leader

The need for digital transformation has reached critical levels, as per CA Technologies Asia Pacific & Japan Digital Transformation Impact and Readiness Study. 80% of business and IT leaders surveyed agreed that their industries have been impacted by digital disruption. However, most organizations are lagging when it comes to staying relevant and competitive in this digital economy as only 17% surveyed have fully-formed digital transformation strategies.

The study, conducted in late 2017, examined digital transformation strategies of 900 business and IT leaders across nine APJ markets: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.

According to the survey findings, 78% of respondents felt that their organizations have been impacted by digital disruption. Similarly, 78% of respondents felt that their jobs have been changed due to digital disruption. The majority also agreed that these changes will be augmented in the next three to five years.

Mismatched Pressures and Priorities for Digital Transformation in APJ

In a new world that is defined by digital engagement, the competitive differentiation for organizations, and even governments, is increasingly determined by their ability to transform themselves digitally and build software into their business strategies.

The survey found that fast evolving economic conditions, meeting of changing customer expectations and using digital transformation as a new edge in winning against traditional competitors were listed as the biggest pressures for digital transformation in the region.

However, only 17% have fully-formed digital transformation strategies, and only 9% are looking at fully digitizing their entire organizations. While just a little over half (51%) of the organizations surveyed have launched digital transformation projects with clear corporate goals, such as increasing productivity and boosting revenue. 

This finding mirrors the top three business priorities that organizations in APJ are focused on solving today, namely optimizing operational efficiency, improving workforce collaboration, and reducing operational costs. 

According to the findings, priorities such as creating different business models and/or revenue streams; developing new products and services; improving customer experience; and attracting and retaining workforce are deemed to be less important. This demonstrates a clear misalignment between the business priorities that leaders are focused on achieving today and the top pressures that are driving their organizations’ digital transformation journey. 

The discrepancy between business priorities and the pressure to change is particularly evident when it comes to customer experience. Although changing customer expectations is highlighted as one of the main drivers for digital transformation, improving customer experience has been ranked sixth out of the seven priorities.

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