Digital transformation CIO Summit's buzzword

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By Qual IT | 9 June 2017

Digital transformation

At this year’s CIO Summit being held in Auckland from the 14th to the 15th of June, ‘digital transformation’ is the hot topic for keynote speakers.

Digital transformation, by definition, is the “profound and accelerating transformation of business activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of digital technologies and their impact across society in a strategic and prioritised way, with present and future shifts in mind.”

While the definition itself seems daunting, the reality is that this is something organisations all around the world are already latching on to. Digital is not only a highly relevant concept to them, but it is also deeply entrenched in everyday processes.

Forbes have recently been discussing how digital transformation will affect organisations over the coming year demonstrating the shift from ‘concept’ to ‘reality’. Their list of the top 10 trends we can expect for digital transformation this year include:

  1. Adaptability is more vital to success than ever
  2. Growing importance of the user experience
  3. Innovation must happen rapidly
  4. Embrace the remote workforce
  5. The advent of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)
  6. Application programme interfaces (API)
  7. Big data and analytics
  8. Digital transformation is driven by Internet of Things (IoT)
  9. Smart machines and artificial intelligence (AI) are taking off in a big way
  10. Destroying silos

Their trend list shows how tactical the discussions surrounding digital are as well as the relevancy to organisations. Digital transformation is something that is top-of-mind for New Zealand organisations as well, showing an understanding of the need to adapt to survive and thrive.

We delved deeper into New Zealand’s perception and uptake of digital in our recently released 2017 Digital Readiness Report, ‘Building strong digital foundations’. The report analyses the responses of 60 IT leaders from around New Zealand in relation to their perceptions and behaviours around digital.

What we found was that New Zealand organisations consider digital as much more of a business-as-usual concept (compared to 12 months ago). They are leveraging digital technologies, such as cyber-security, big data and cloud computing, across their processes and business practices.

With such a focus being placed on digital transformation within New Zealand organisations, it’s no surprise that many of the 2017 CIO Summit keynote speakers are covering the topic. Keynote speakers for the event include top IT leaders from all around the world. Make sure you view the programme and register for the event to hear, from their perspectives, what New Zealand organisations can get out of digital transformation.

Qual IT will be exhibiting at the CIO Summit at SkyCity, Auckland from the 14th to the 15th June. Make sure you come down, have a chat to our team and find out more about the value Qual IT can bring to your next IT project.

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