A recent survey indicates that organizations fall roughly equally into three groups when it comes to digital transformation:
Another 2% are considered disrupters that are working to meet the business goals facilitated by DX to drive networking strategy and are moving to SD-WAN to capture the benefits of cloud services.
Surprisingly, perhaps, considering IT’s bad rap for past technology leaps—remember the early pains of ERP?—83% of transformation projects are meeting or exceeding schedules and most of those are within or under budget.
That’s not to say there’s hardly any discomfort. IT skills are seen as a top-three impediment to transformation by 75% of the respondents. “In some organizations, they may not have touched some of these legacy networking boxes for 15 years,” says Jody Hagemann, director, Product Management and Strategy, with Comcast Business. “Many are still coming to grips with what software-defined technology does and what the service provider handles, versus what the organization itself manages. It’s a new engagement model, so many are turning to managed services to help with the transition.”
Almost two-thirds of the survey respondents view managed services as a key priority in their digital transformation strategies.