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An accelerated shift towards Digital Transformation

The Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index for 2020 shows an increasing number of companies engaging on DX. Image credit: Dell Technologies

Because of the pandemic companies, and public administrations, have been moving production and services to the cyberspace (as much as possible) and this is taken as an indication that the digital transformation is accelerating. For sure what is accelerating is the perceived effects, by workers and consumers/citizens, that the cyberspace has become an everyday reality substituting in many aspects the physical space.

Dell Technologies have been monitoring the Digital Transformation of companies since 2016 and every year they publish the results.  The latest results are available now and you can get a quick overview in this video.

Their conclusions are also summarised in the graphic I am showing, resulting from over 4,800 interviews to top management in companies around the world.

The graphic splits the companies’ landscape among

  • Digital Laggards (those that are not considering at all the “existence” of a DX),
  • Digital Followers (companies that are just waiting for others to initiate the transformation and watch the result,
  • Digital Evaluators (that are considering how to embark in/execute the digital transformation),
  • Digital Adopters (that are deploying the Digital Transformation to various extent), and
  • Digital Leaders (that are paving the way by pushing the Digital Transformation on uncharted territory).

The result, shown by the graphic, indicates that there are significantly more companies evaluating how to transition and even more executing the transition. This is a clear indication that the acceleration is real.

About Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the New Initiative Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He is a member of the IEEE in 2050 Ad Hoc Committee. He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.