According to Microsoft’s recent Digital Transformation and Readiness survey, almost half of Gulf enterprises describe their current ICT infrastructure as “out of date”.
Necip Ozyucel, Cloud & Enterprise Business Solutions Lead at Microsoft Gulf, said technologies such as cloud computing and IoT have already reached maturity, commenting: “Regional organisations are starting to look at these solutions in a new light as they seek ways to update their digital mix. The right infrastructure is crucial to operational efficiency, no matter the stripe or scale of a business.”
49.5% of enterprises responding to the survey said that their IT infrastructure was out of date and in need of an immediate overhaul.
The right infrastructure is crucial to operational efficiency, no matter the stripe or scale of a business
– Necip Ozyucel, Cloud & Enterprise Business Solutions Lead, Microsoft Gulf
79% ranked digital transformation as a top priority for 2018, with 68% saying they planned to put 5% or more of their revenue toward this over the course of the year.
86% indicated that they had a formal plan in place for the digital overhaul of operations.
“When you explore digital transformation, you explore the possibilities to engage customers, empower employees, optimise operations and reinvent products and services,” said Ozyucel. “Along with all of that goes the lowering of costs and increasing of revenues. By regularly upgrading infrastructure, businesses can save millions of dollars in capital and operations costs annually, thanks to higher server performance, consolidation, management efficiency, and improved reliability.”