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UK leading the way in business digital transformation

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Organisations in the UK are significantly ahead of the global average when it comes to their digital transformation journey, far beyond the United States and Germany. 

This is according to a new report by Infosys, which looked at exactly what it takes to become a 'digitally advanced' organisation, which means running multiple digital initiatives, at scale. 

The UK's supremacy is primarily led by telecommunications and technology organisations, as 5G emerges over the horizon.

Digital visionaries, the most advanced group of companies, run more digital initiatives at scale, compared to digital explorers or watchers.

Visionaries average around 12 digital initiatives at scale, with additional seven initiatives in pilot. Explorers average six, with additional seven in pilot. Watchers operate one or two digital initiatives at scale, with another pair in the pilot testing phase.

The report also tackles what organisations focus on, as they move along the digital transformation journey. Explorers focus on a broad range of ideas, despite sometimes being held back by a lack of progress in scaling up foundation initiatives. Visionaries bring ‘many initiatives to scale’ alongside the foundation, mainstay and customer categories.

The single biggest barrier to adoption of digital solutions is the legacy system, it was said. Other roadblocks include insufficient funding and the inability to experiment fast enough.

“To become more like visionaries, companies should develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for using automation and AI to bolster human capabilities, rather than focusing shortsightedly on cutting costs,” the report concludes.

“They need to put in place a formal digital transformation strategy, and share that plan with employees, customers and partners alike.”

Image Credit: Konica Minolta Business Solutions UK 

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.