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Study: Execs committed to digital business despite security concerns, execution challenges

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Gap between Aspiration and Execution Could Impede Progress 
Those insufficiently robust capabilities could pose a challenge in areas the respondents see as priorities over the next 12 months. For example, 88% cite data security in the cloud as a top priority for competitiveness in the digital world while only 32% cite significant progress, creating a gap between aspiration and execution of 56 percentage points.

Similarly, less than a third of respondents report significant progress in other areas key to digital business, from creating scalable/predictable IT environments (24%) to gaining a high level of visibility into IT environments (32%). These shortfalls may slow progress at a time when it should be accelerating.

On the plus side, the study shows that the respondents who consider their organizations extremely flexible and nimble, and more aggressive in adopting the cloud, more frequently report benefits from use of cloud apps than the aggregate population of respondents.

Nearly three-fifths of respondents who identify their organizations as extremely nimble say they have seen improved data security (vs. 56% of those who do not), while 56% of the same group say they are seeing improved speed of business decision-making. By contrast, only 18% of those who identified their organizations as less nimble have seen improved speed of decision-making. There is also a significant disparity between those reporting improved user experience with applications and services. More than half of the extremely nimble group reports this benefit, while only 38% of the less nimble group can say the same.

Respondents in extremely nimble organizations are also more likely to report improved customer experience through integration of infrastructure and applications with IoT.

"This research points the way for organizations to become more nimble and successful in capitalizing on present and future business challenges," said Steve Nunn, vice president, Cloud and Infrastructure Services, Unisys. "Digital business is all about finding innovative ways to empower workers and customers. The organizations that will prosper in the new order are those that most quickly become focused, proficient and flexible in integrating and securing the cloud, IoT and other key digital technologies to drive new levels of service."


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