Companies following "digital transformation" plans face an array of challenges in four key areas of updating their technology, including compute IT infrastructure, voice infrastructure, network infrastructure, and cybersecurity, an industry study shows.
Many of these organizations see the effort as an "evolve or die" imperative, including steps like shifting from physical, in-house technology platforms to third-party and cloud-based solutions, according to Avant Communications, the Chicago-based technology and infrastructure consulting firm that performed the study.
Avant released its "State of Disruption" report on April 9, including a survey of 300 U.S. enterprise technology leaders at the manager level and above who lead technology purchasing decisions. "We see the pace of change in IT accelerating with enterprises literally struggling to evolve or die," Drew Lydecker, president and co-founder of Avant, said in a release. "From networking infrastructure to cybersecurity to breakthrough technologies likes SD-WAN, we are seeing disruption across the board as organizations in all industries are advancing digital transformation."
That disruption is causing growing pains even as companies double down on their commitment to digital transformation, Avant found. The report examined "why technology leaders are not confident in their companies' ability to fulfill digital transformation initiatives" and found that the top three reasons are: lack of internal IT resources (32 percent), lack of internal IT expertise (24 percent), and lack of sufficient transformation-specific budget (also 24 percent).
For more details on those pains, the study calculated a Rate of Disruption Index (RDI), which represents the amount of transformation from legacy to modern digital technologies that organizations expect to see from the end of 2018 to the end of 2019. By comparing the rates at which disruptive technologies are replacing legacy solutions, the study found that certain transitions can be particularly stressful on particular sectors of the industry. For example: