63 per cent of European Businesses Trapped in the ‘Digital Dark Ages’

Business leaders are not yet fully equipped for the digital age, with 63 per cent saying they are far from ready for digital transformation. The research also reveals that while the majority of business leaders (83 per cent) believe the CIO is well-equipped to drive digital transformation, they are not yet fully empowered to change critical growth activities. The task of optimising business critical processes is ranked by business leaders as the number one activity that is having the biggest positive impact on business growth. However, CIOs are currently least able to change it; just 9 per cent believe they are empowered in this area.

The research reveals that there is a clear opportunity for the CIO to step up to help shape the digital strategy and company growth, if further empowered by the business.

By starting with business critical processes CIOs can combine their technology expertise with business acumen to review, and change the organisations traditional ways of working.

In turn they will gain much more than cost savings. The business will benefit from being able to move forward with a more productive and agile working model where employee knowledge sharing is enhanced and they are more responsive to client needs.

In the longer term, with these strong foundations in place the CIO can focus on the core business areas and successfully lead the organisation in the digital era.

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