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Digital Transformation in the Covid Era

The cloud delivered for over 90 per cent of UK plc when tackling the challenge of COVID

Cloud Industry Forum research finds that COVID put the Cloud to test and it passed with flying colours

Covid-19 has forced a real-life, real-time digital transformation on the majority of enterprises, and many leaders have seen digital’s long-term value as a result. This is according to the latest research from Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) which has found that 69 per cent of organisations have sped up their plans in some way as a result of the pandemic.

Our latest research White Paper entitled Adapt, innovate, advance: Digital transformation in the Covid-19 era, was conducted by Vanson Bourne and surveyed UK-based IT and business decision-makers. CIF sought to understand the impact of the pandemic on enterprises, and how they were exploiting cloud in helping them throughout the crisis.

According to the research, 91 per cent of decision-makers claimed that the cloud played an important part in their response, with 40 per cent describing its role as critical.  The most widely cited advantage is how it has enabled a swift transition from office to home working (54 per cent), with greater organisational agility (44 per cent), the ability for business to continue as usual (42 per cent), and easier scalability (33 per cent) also widely mentioned.

Digital Transformation in the Covid eraKey findings:

  • The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the large majority of organisations (83 per cent) to change their IT strategy in some way
  • Four in ten businesses (41 per cent) concede that their remote working solutions are not as secure as the office, highlighting security concerns
  • 55 per cent of respondents have increased their cloud adoption as a direct result of Covid
  • Remote working has brought many positives, with 56 per cent highlighting flexible working and 41 per cent enjoying increased use of cloud-based collaboration apps
  • Almost three-quarters of respondents (73 per cent) either had a digital transformation strategy in place before the pandemic or were in the process of implementing one
  • 60 per cent of leaders believe that their company is doing “just enough” to become digitised, leaving room for further acceleration in digital adoption
  • Stretched budgets, a lack of in-house skills and an underdeveloped company culture are considered major hurdles to further digitisation
  • 88 per cent of organisations expect their adoption of cloud services to increase in the next 12 months

View the live presentation of the new research findings here

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