Cloud fundamental to digital transformation strategies

The digital transformation of UK businesses is still relatively immature and too many organisations are only just scratching the surface. While a high proportion of businesses have digital transformation in their sights, work is needed if they are to reach their digital potential. This is the key finding of the latest report from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF).
The report, based on detailed market research conducted in Q4 2015 which polled 250 senior IT and business decision makers from both the public and private sectors, has found that just 16 per cent of organisations currently have a digital transformation strategy in place today. However in two years’ time, three quarters (72 per cent) of those polled expect to have rolled one out.
‘Cloud computing is the agent of digital disruption, and we can see that there are significant benefits to be had by businesses that pursue both Digital Transformation and Cloud strategies in tandem,’ stated Alex Hilton, CEO of CIF.
‘This is not marketing hype, cloud computing and digital transformation go hand in hand. Eighty-five per cent of businesses with a digital transformation plan have benefited from a tangible competitive advantage. Cloud services, which effectively offer unlimited and dynamic IT resources, form the foundation of digital transformation and can facilitate rapid business change. But it is also clear from our research that digital transformation strategies serve to directly enhance the effectiveness and benefits of cloud implementations in their own right.’


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