Rapid data growth and proliferating strategic digital business initiatives have been transforming organizations. According to ESG research, 98% of surveyed organizations report they are in some phase of digital transformation, and midmarket organizations are nearly as likely as their enterprise counterparts to identify as being mature in their digital transformation efforts (21% for midmarket organizations versus 22% for enterprises). And the percentage of organizations that say they are in process with their digital transformation efforts jumped from 39% to 50% in the past year.
The macroeconomic challenges of 2020 created a catalyst that significantly accelerated those digital business initiatives. Sixty-two percent of surveyed IT executives working in midmarket organizations agreed that the COVID-19 pandemic has made their businesses more reliant on technology.2 Additionally, overall uncertainty—leading to difficulty in predicting future needs—has become a major challenge in recent months.
Rapid adoption and integration of digital initiatives clearly increases pressure on IT organizations. In the context of budget limitations and skill shortages, that means it is going to be up to the infrastructure itself to transform sufficiently to meet the increased demands. Simpler management and smoother operation are urgently needed now.
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