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Indian Firms Are More ‘IT Transformed’ Than Rest Of Asia: Study

Digital Transformation

Indian organizations are gradually realizing that IT Transformation is becoming an integral part of any business and those lagging behind will definitely be left behind. Nearly, one fifth of the companies in India in a recent study by Dell EMC said that they have fully transformed their organizations, a much higher percentage  observed in other Asian countries where the figure stands at 4%. Transformed organizations in India are also 10 times more likely to execute the majority of application roll-outs ahead of schedule compared to lower scoring organizations, said the IT Transformation maturity study that surveyed 4,000 IT decision makers worldwide, out of which 400 are from India.                  

The research conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) on the benefits of IT Transformation, which validates that IT Transformation can result in bottom-line benefits that drive business differentiation, innovation and growth.

“Today, Indian organizations not only realize the importance of transforming their IT infrastructure to ensure they have a competitively edge and to reduce costs, but they also now know that it is crucial to turn data into business intelligence. This requires an end-to-end IT infrastructure that can manage, analyze, store and protect data everywhere it lives. We believe in giving our customers the ability to make that end-to-end strategy a reality, driving disruptive innovation without the fear of being disrupted themselves. With our expansive set of infrastructure and software technologies, Dell EMC has become a powerful ally to help any business in its IT Transformation journey to fuel digital innovation.” said Rajesh Janey, MD & President, Enterprise India, Dell EMC.

The India scenario

According to the study, 90% of Indian respondents agree that failing to embrace IT Transformation will hurt their company’s competitiveness. Respondents from Transformed organizations in India were 1.35 times more likely to have exceeded their revenue targets (97%) in the past year compared withLegacy/Emerging Indian organizations, as compared to only 45%  of respondents at Transformed companies in the rest of Asia

Further Transformed organizations in India are 11X more likely to believe they are in a very strong competitive business position compared to lower scoring organization.

 This year’s findings show organizations are progressing in IT maturity and generally believe transformation is a strategic imperative, where 72% of Indian respondents whose organizations have achieved Transformed status also report having mature Digital Transformation projects underway versus only3% of the Indian Legacy/Emerging companies surveyed. IT groups at Transformed companies in India are 6.5 times more likely to be involved in business-strategy development compared with their counterparts atLegacy/Emerging companies (46% versus 7%). Moreover, in the rest of the region Transformed organizations were only 5 times as likely to enjoy this level of involvement compared to lower scoring organizations

IT Transformation maturity can accelerate innovation, drive growth, increase IT efficiency and reduce cost. More specifically, two-fifths (41%) of respondents at Transformed companies cited cost reduction as a key IT success criterion. Nearly universally, 89% of Indian respondents said their companies are under pressure to deliver products and services faster, which requires having an agile approach to IT. At thw same time, transformed organizations in India were 10 times more likely than Legacy/Emerging organizations to report the majority of their applications are deployed ahead of schedule.

Maturity Characteristics Compared with the Rest of Asia

For Indian organizations, IT Transformation correlates with improved IT and business outcomes. In terms of modern data center technology usage, Indian organizations appear to lead their counterparts across the rest of Asia.

The study shows they are more apt to use Flash, 84% of surveyed Indian companies use All-Flash and/or hybrid arrays compared with 73% for the rest of Asia. Nearly 82% of Indian organizations surveyed use scale-out storage versus 65% for the rest of Asia

They are much more likely to be committed to software-defined data center technologies, e.g., software-defined networking and storage—72% of Indian respondents indicated such a commitment compared with 53% across the rest of Asia. Also, they were more likely to report using both converged and hyper-converged infrastructure in their environments—46% versus the 19% reported by organizations in other Asian countries

Indian organizations are more virtualized than other Asian organizations—49% of Indian production servers are VMs versus 45% in the rest of Asia. In addition to modern data center technologies, Indian organizations are, in general, exceeding the rest of Asia in terms of automation and process evolution. For example,  India’s organizations were more likely to report extensive (29% versus 7%) self-service infrastructure provisioning capabilities to end-users compared with the rest of Asia

India-based organizations are more likely to have highly automated server environments including provisioning (35% versus 15%), updating (39% vs. 16%), and troubleshooting (34% versus 13%) processes. Lastly, ESG asked respondents to qualitatively describe how extensively their organizations have adopted formal DevOps principles and practices. Indian organizations appear to be ahead of the rest of Asia, with 26% reporting extensive adoption compared to 10%.

Today’s business landscape in India is rife with disruption, much of it driven by organizations using technology in new or innovative ways. In order to survive and thrive in today’s digital world, businesses are implementing new technologies, processes and skillsets to best address changing customer needs. A fundamental step to this change is transforming IT, to help organizations bring products to market faster, remain competitive and drive innovation, the study concludes.

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