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Are digital transformation ambitions in businesses realistic?

Digital transformation can be broadly defined as the practice of applying new digital technologies to deliver business improvements. This can include the transformation of work processes through technology, artificial intelligence to replace human intervention and analytics to make more precise decisions.

A common finding when exploring digital transformation is that digital architects are often found between inadequate tech and idealistic expectations. “As digital transformation moves from plans to reality, architects have the crucial role of ensuring that business ambitions can be realised,” says Ravi Mayuram. These digital experts have the responsibility to evaluate and recommend the most appropriate tech to fulfil ambitions and future proof the technology choices. They need to explore newly developed technologies that challenge the market and integrate into modern plans so that businesses can transform – however 80% of experts have had to reign in their ideas because of the data challenges that have presented themselves.

Increased pressure

According to new research, digital architects are feeling the pressure as they struggle to meet their organisations transformation ambitions. In a study carried out by Couchbase, out of “450 heads of digital transformation responsible for managing data architecture at enterprises across America, UK, France and Germany, 85% of the respondents were under pressure to deliver projects – with 41% experiencing “high” or “extremely high” pressure.

 Legacy technologies

Sandra DeSilva, founder of Nova software engineering company, has recently stated that many companies are hampered from adopting new technologies and an innovative way of doing things by “their paper, their legacy process,” and to do this “companies have to have better management of, and access to, data.” Companies are keen to leave behind legacy processes as they slow down the pace of innovation. This has led to increased pressure to use more innovative ways of thinking.

A common finding was that a large proportion of the IT team’s time spent working on digital transformation projects has been wasted dealing with legacy technologies – “72% relying on legacy databases have said these databases limit the organisations ability to implement digital transformation projects.”

 Implementing digital transformation ambitions effectively

Some experts have argued that digital transformation only works if there is a strong relationship and effective communication between corporate digital teams driving the vision and the plant-level IT team targeting problems to solve. Business and operations knowledge should be combined with the technological and support of IT and engineering to create a winning team for digital transformation.