55 per cent of organizations in India have a digital IT roadmap in place, says new KPMG- Dell study

by | Nov 27, 2015

  • 32% of the organizations have a formalized digital strategy in place
  • Mobility and data protection are immediate investments which companies plan make in the next 1-3 months; cloud adoption foresees a period of one year
  • Mobile technologies and IT, Risk & Compliance are top IT spending priority areas for companies in 2015


India, November 25, 2015: Dell, the world’s fastest growing large integrated IT Company, today announced the results of the Future Ready survey done in collaboration with KPMG. The focus of the survey was to check organizations’ readiness towards facing digital disruption brought about by a set of disruptive technologies such as cloud, big data, IoT, mobility, and social amongst others. The survey was conducted with CIOs of 61 leading companies in India across various verticals to understand their views and approaches towards digital technologies. The survey report was unveiled at Dell India’s biggest annual customer event, the Dell IT Executive Summit 2015, held at Colombo, Sri Lanka, from October 9-11, 2015.  The results of the survey were presented to a gathering of over 120 CIOs by Akhilesh Tuteja, Partner-IT Advisory, KPMG.

As per the survey, 32% of the organizations have a formalized digital strategy in place in one or more business units.  30% of the organizations do not have a formal digital strategy but are working on one. 25 % of the organizations have an enterprise-wide digital strategy.

Key Highlights of the survey

>> Top IT Spending Priorities Top IT spending priorities for 2015 include Mobile Technologies (88%), IT Governance, Risk & Compliance (82%), Business Intelligence (80%), Analytics (80%) and Enterprise Applications (76%).

>> Annual IT Budget For most organizations, the annual budget is more than 20 crore (27.5%) and about 23% of the organizations spend in the range of 1-10 crore on IT. Seventy percent  of the organizations increased their annual IT budget by 10-20% in the last one year.

>> Digital IT Spend, Role, and Responsibility 32% of the CIOs state that they spend 10-20% of their IT budget on digital technologies while 19% of the CIOs spend 20-30 %. As high as 19% of the CIOs spend more than 30% of their IT budget on digital technologies. Only 6% organizations have a full time digital strategy officer. Majority of the organizations do not have anyone tagged to their digital strategy. 45% of the respondents think that digital is a good contributor to revenue/profitability/customer service, etc. 28% of the respondents think that it is the mainstream contributor.

>> Barriers for adoption The biggest barriers for adoption of emerging technologies in organizations are data sovereignty and privacy (71%), level of Technology literacy (58.3%), regulatory compliance (54%), understanding technological shifts (50 %) and physical control (29%).

>> Risks and Threats Cyber security is one the key threats which keep CIOs awake, 96% of the respondents recognize the risks posed by cyber-attacks. For 92% of the CIOs, the focus has shifted from catalyzing adoption to helping ensure the appropriate governance throughout the adoption lifecycle.

Key Takeaways from the survey

>> Digital disruption has started to seep into the organization’s key agenda in a big way, aligning itself to the existing roadmap. The fusion of emerging technologies has started to kick off as the CIO sets aside a budget for digital technologies

>> Social media has become an important tool for organizations to engage with their customers. Use of social media has facilitated organizations to increase brand awareness and monitor competitor activity. It has greatly reduced the time taken by the customer to access information and choose from a plethora of options to the extent that customers is willing to trade off their privacy for convenience

>> The focus of organizations on analytics has gained significant importance as it has become the key driver for all kinds of decision-making from procurement of raw material and manufacturing to marketing/branding the product and providing after sales service

>> Internet of Things is catching on fast and organizations are readily accepting the change. Despite having security concerns, organizations are ready to undergo this transformation

>> With digitalization, there is an increase in the number of cyber-attacks encountered by organizations and this area has become one of the top items in the top priority list

>> There is an increase in the uptake of open technologies that are used by companies as they provide competitive advantage. Companies are able to connect with customers on a real-time basis in addition to bringing down data storage costs. However, the flip side is that these technologies increase the risk exposure. Security of data has become a key concern

Post-privatization, Dell is surging ahead as an end-to-end solutions provider with the speed and agility of a start-up. Dell is the only company with products & solutions from a Desktop to a Datacenter and driving innovation at the speed of business. With the world becoming more compute-centric and software-driven,  Dell has introduced new solutions that address each of these market segments needs and tailored to new-generation workload requirements.

Key Quotes

Sudharsan, Commercial Marketing Head, Dell India

“Technologies such as Security, Mobility, Cloud, Analytics and the Internet of Things are no longer disparate approaches. These allied forces are disrupting businesses, choice of technology and role of CIO’s/ITDM’s. The survey helps us understand the concerted focus made by organizations in enabling a Future Ready Enterprise, embracing digital and emerging technologies as means to accelerate business transformation. Dell is deeply invested in several strategic initiatives across the board and fine-tuned our solution offerings to support Future Ready Enterprises, based on insights from our customers and partners.”   

 Akhilesh Tuteja, Partner- IT Advisory, KPMG

“Digital is the new vehicle being driven by CIOs to ride into the future. Companies are quickly jumping on the bandwagon having acknowledged the fact that digital technologies will enable business models of future and will help transform enterprises.



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Brian Pereira
Brian Pereira
Brian Pereira is an Indian journalist and editor based in Mumbai. He founded Digital Creed in 2015. A technology buff, former computer instructor, and software developer, Brian has 29 years of journalism experience (since 1994). Brian is the former Editor of CHIP India, InformationWeek India and CISO Mag. He has served India's leading newspaper groups: The Times of India and The Indian Express. Presently, he serves the Information Security Media Group, as Sr. Director, Editorial. You'll find his most current work on CIO Inc. During his career he wrote (and continues to write) 5000+ technology articles. He conducted more than 450 industry interviews. Brian writes on aviation, drones, cybersecurity, tech startups, cloud, data center, AI/ML/Gen AI, IoT, Blockchain etc. He achieved certifications from the EC-Council (Certified Secure Computer User) and from IBM (Basics of Cloud Computing). Apart from those, he has successfully completed many courses on Content Marketing and Business Writing. He recently achieved a Certificate in Cybersecurity (CC) from the international certification body ISC2. Follow Brian on Twitter (@creed_digital) and LinkedIn. Email Brian at: [email protected]
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