A new study of Australian IT professionals within medium-sized organisations, commissioned by Brennan IT, has revealed that despite the amount of technology integrated into organisations today, most IT departments still aren’t driving digital transformation.
Brennan IT surveyed 107 Australia-based IT professionals who work within medium-sized organisations (100-1,000). The results show that the IT department’s role continues to evolve, but the current pace of change is new.
Brennan IT CEO Stephen Sims says, “The proliferation of devices, new security threats, increasing specialisation, a growing number of ‘must-have’ platforms and technologies, as well as the need to facilitate new ways of working across organisations means that IT’s role is becoming broader and more central to overall success.
“Digital transformation is presenting IT professionals with an opportunity to lead and make a significant impact on long-term organisation growth. There is a real opportunity for the IT department to take the initiative and drive these conversations but, in order to do so, they need to be able to define and articulate a clear vision for digital transformation.”
Other key highlights from the survey included:
Sims concludes, “In medium-sized organisations, strategic technical expertise can be short on the ground and there is often a lack of understanding around what is possible with new technologies and approaches.
“Businesses are already using external providers as part of an ongoing integrated operating model and this trend is likely to accelerate as the need to move away from inefficient legacy systems becomes more urgent, internal budgets are squeezed, and the IT skills shortage starts to bite.
“IT professionals have the chance to really drive digital transformation within their organisations, promoting and enhancing their roles and growing their horizons in the process.”