Digital.ai today released the Digital Transformation Progress Report, which details the findings of a survey of over 600 enterprise IT, security, and business decision makers on the state of digital transformation in their business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a release, “survey respondents overwhelmingly agreed that visibility into planning processes and the alignment of software development and delivery processes to business objectives are critical to driving better business outcomes.

“However, more than half reported issues providing that visibility and alignment, calling in to question the long-term success of today’s digital transformation initiatives. The research also revealed a wide range of issues relating to digital transformation, including concerns about ROI, security, and the ability to compete in today’s digital environment.

Findings revealed that:

  • The overwhelming majority (99%) of leaders agreed that organizations need visibility into business planning processes to produce better outcomes, but only 62% said they can provide that visibility and 34% admitted they are doing poorly at providing visibility.
  • 94% of respondents said organizations need software development and delivery to be better linked with business objectives, but only 54% said their business, IT, and security teams are strategically aligned and working toward the same goals and objectives.
  • In addition, 78% of leaders said COVID-19 has further impacted the alignment between business and IT value streams in their organizations.

“Most of today’s Agile and DevOps tools are designed for the workgroup, making visibility and alignment fairly easy to achieve at the team level,” said Derek Langone, head of strategic transformation at Digital.ai.

“However, scaling to the enterprise is far more complex, as organizations must break down silos and manage teams of teams that embrace different cultures, tools, and systems. We’ve found that in large enterprises that succeed at true digital transformation, business and technology teams work collaboratively to define value and drive outcomes.

“These companies typically organize themselves in terms of value streams, employ an open approach to sharing information, and leverage enterprise-grade solutions that offer full visibility and rich, predictive insights across the entire organization.”

Alan Brown, Author and Professor in Digital Economy at the University of Exeter specializing in agile approaches to business transformation, noted that “the gap between investing in business transformation versus reaping the benefits has always existed but has been heightened in the last year.

“At the heart of it, digital or business transformation is not about doing everything faster, but about doing more of the right things efficiently. Automation and Value Stream platforms can go a long way to help organizations overcome key obstacles and enable them to achieve more of the intended results of digital transformation.”

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