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80pc of employees ‘prefer digital-driven firms’

BEIRUT, September 3, 2015

Around 80 per cent of employees across the globe want to work for a digitally enabled company, a report said, adding that a majority of them agree that their organisations provide the necessary skills to capitalize on digital trends.

The new report entitled “Strategy, Not Technology, drives Digital Transformation” from Deloitte, a top provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services and MIT Sloan Management Review reveals that the ability to digitally transform and reimagine a business is determined in large part by a clear digital strategy supported by leaders who foster a culture able to change and reinvent their organisations.

"The importance of having a clearly articulated digital strategy was a major finding. Those companies developing enterprise-level digital strategies are moving ahead, while those that are not, are struggling,” Rashid Bashir, consulting partner and Monitor Deloitte Leader in the Middle East.

“These digitally maturing companies embrace innovation and collaboration; they have leaders who understand both technology and its potential impact on the business, and they understand that continued digital advancement depends upon retaining and developing talent," he added.

Other key findings of the report:

•    Digital strategy drives digital maturity – Only 15 per cent of respondents from companies at the early stages of what the study refers to as digital maturity — in which digital has transformed processes, talent engagement and business models — say that their organizations have a clear and coherent digital strategy. Among the digitally maturing, more than 80 per cent do.

•    The power of a digital transformation strategy lies in its scope and objectives – Less digitally mature organizations tend to focus on individual technologies and have strategies that are decidedly operational in focus. Digital strategies in the most mature organizations are developed with an eye on transforming the business.

•    Taking risks is becoming a cultural norm – Digitally maturing organizations are more comfortable taking risks than their less digitally mature peers. More than 50 per cent of respondents from less digitally mature companies see their organization's fear of risk as a major shortcoming. To make their organizations less risk averse, business leaders should embrace failure as a prerequisite of success. They must also address the likelihood that employees may be just as risk averse as their managers and will need support to become bolder.

•    The digital agenda is led from the top – Maturing organizations are nearly twice as likely as less digitally mature entities to have a single person or group leading the effort. In addition, employees in digitally maturing organizations are highly confident in their leaders' digital fluency. Digital fluency, however, does not demand mastery of the technologies.

Instead, it requires the ability to articulate the value of digital technologies to the organization's future. More than 75 per cent of respondents from digitally mature companies say their leaders have sufficient skills to lead digital strategy. Nearly 90 per cent say their leaders understand digital trends and technologies. Only a fraction of respondents from early stage companies have the same level of confidence: 15 per cent and 27 per cent, respectively.

•    Stories gain employee buy in and organizational traction for digital transformation – Telling digital stories creates pride in organizations. Companies need to demonstrate their ability to tell the digital story, and what it means to live in the digital world for business.

•    Innovation of digital technologies must be fostered – More than 70 per cent of respondents from maturing companies say that their managers encourage them to innovate with digital technologies. At lower levels of maturity, only 28 per cent of respondents express the same sentiment.

•    Investments in skills necessary to realize strategy – Digitally maturing organizations are four times more likely to provide employees with needed skills than are organizations at lower ends of the spectrum.

“Employees are paying attention to their organizations' digital initiatives," said Gerald Kane, associate professor of information systems at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College and co-author of the report.

"Many employees are dissatisfied with their organization's digital progress to date,” he added. – TradeArabia News Service




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