Logicalis US Calls 2016 the Start of the First ‘Digital Decade’

Solution Provider Defines the DNA of Digital Enablement, IDs Six Common Characteristics of Digitally Driven Organizations

NEW YORK, March 22, 2016 – According to Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), 2016 marks the beginning of a new era in technology – the move from a previously IT-defined world to one that is focused on the possibilities unlocked by a digitally defined one.

“We’re seeing a tremendous change taking shape among enterprise organizations worldwide in which the idea of ‘digital transformation’ becomes a predominant priority for CEOs and CIOs alike,” says Jim Cook, Vice President of Services Sales, Logicalis US. “Now that people are tapping the power of the cloud and discovering the virtually unlimited potential it offers with cloud-based as-a-service offerings, the power of what technology can really do is being seen and embraced by people who, before now, never considered themselves technologists.  In the corporate world, this digital awareness translates to better, faster, deeper communications capabilities, and CEOs see a clear connection to sales, making the transformation from a company with technology in the back room to a truly ‘digital’ organization a top priority.”

Logicalis recently conducted a survey of more than 400 organizations across 24 different countries and one theme rang true: More than 90 percent of the CIOs queried said they were bypassed by line-of-business colleagues who purchased their own IT hardware, software or cloud services – some of them all of the time, and most of them some of the time. In order to regain control and to solidify their value within their own organizations, CIOs reacted quickly to implement transformational projects that would counteract the need for shadow IT.

Six Common Characteristics of Digitally Driven Organizations

Using evidence gained through its work with more than 6,500 enterprise customers worldwide and coupling that with what was learned through the survey, Logicalis has identified six characteristics that are common among digitally driven organizations.

  1. They are willing to transform: They share a willingness to transform themselves through digital innovation and continual digital development, and they often embrace CXO-level ownership of their digital future by adding new, top-level positions such as a Chief Digital Officer.
  2. They recognize the power of digital data: Digitally driven organizations recognize the power, value and potential of their digital data; they recognize the need to create new forms of digital data and they are working to identify ways to exploit and monetize what already exists.
  3. They are redefining work: Organizations that truly embrace a digital future believe that governments, organizations and other institutions need to transform where and how people work, learn and live into digitally enabled places and virtual spaces.
  4. They are aware of the dangers: A digital future necessarily comes with some risk; organizations committed to a digital future understand the importance of addressing the security threats associated with their digital transformation.
  5. They are preparing their infrastructures: To take advantage of all that a digital enterprise – and a digital world – have to offer, organizations have to be willing to invest in digital-ready infrastructures that will accelerate their digital strategies and the digital experiences of their customers, employees, or citizens.
  6. They know what “fast” means: Organizations that are really ready for the advantages of a digital future know that status quo just won’t do; they accept that they need a transformed IT function that can operate and serve their business at “the speed of digital.”

Want to Learn More?

  • Watch a brief video about the service-defined experience, then find out why nearly half of all CIOs are transitioning to internal service providers: http://ow.ly/ZdyXR.
  • What’s driving the shift from technology-defined to services-defined thinking? Here are 10 of the top factors: http://ow.ly/ZdIvS.
  • Watch a video about the service-defined enterprise presented by Logicalis US CEO, Vince DeLuca, then download a Logicalis white paper: “Why Every CEO Wants to Lead a Service-Defined Enterprise and Why the CIO Needs to Make It Happen”: http://ow.ly/ZdIGJ.

About Logicalis

Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data center and cloud services; and managed services.

Logicalis employs over 4,000 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,500 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, EMC, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow on an international basis. It has specialized solutions for enterprise and medium-sized companies in vertical markets covering financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, helping customers benefit from cutting-edge technologies in a cost-effective way.

The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific and is one of the leading IT and communications solution integrators specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of over $6 billion.

For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.

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