Technology, budget, and technology skills – these are the three biggest obstacles for the Digital Transformation emerged from the Next Generation Enterprise Business research report by Lenovo conducted on the primary IT functions of 1,400 large companies in EMEA.
In terms of technological capabilities, IT staff believes that the currently existing IT hardware in the company does not have the flexibility needed to support the rapid development of enterprises. More than a fifth (22%) of respondents states that its technological hardware is inadequate to support next-generation applications, in particular, those associated with the Internet of Things (IoT).
The hardware slows the transformation
It is also expressed little confidence in the existing hardware capacity to manage the expansion of virtual machines efficiently. 22% said they worried about not being able to control the way you want the proliferation of virtual machines within the corporate network.
Regarding human resources, a fifth of respondents in EMEA states that, by number and skills, the staff can be a significant barrier to implementing the Digital Transformation.
Lacking sufficient technical expertise
25% of respondents fear that employees do not have sufficient technical expertise to support the deployment and management of applications, in particular, IoT applications, and considers it important to invest more in education, as well as hardware and systems.
Underlying these obstacles for the Digital Transformation emerges from research that the major concern of IT managers is the lack of economic resources. About a quarter of respondents says that the available budget is scarce and that is the biggest hurdle to overcome. Why CIOs are decisively demanding greater negotiating power to ensure the necessary budget to create real innovation.
IT managers have to hold in high regard because they have the responsibility to drive innovation and add value to the business. However, 21% of respondents confirm the concerns of EMEA colleagues about the capabilities of the hardware to support the development of next-generation applications (in particular IoT).
Finally, 20% of IT managers said that the biggest obstacle to the digital transformation are the technical skills of the staff, while 25% of respondents stated that the main obstacle is the lack of economic resources.