IT - CxO

While many aspects of life remain on hold, many organizations are charging full steam ahead on digital transformation efforts - even giving some pieces a speed boost

"As the pandemic stretches on and companies get used to their new 'normal,' many are thinking about how their plans will evolve for the long term. What will start, stop, or continue after the crisis eases?

With plenty of unknowns ahead, it might make sense to take a step back and reassess goals and timelines in some areas. However, the speed at which IT has had to adapt during the pandemic, and the need for laser focus, provided exactly the boost many leaders needed to fast-track certain digital transformation objectives, experts say..."

A CEO directly involved with new and upgraded IT systems looks at how COVID-19 is impacting businesses and how it's speeding up digital transformation

"Updating and upgrading an IT system (also known as 'digital transformation') is more than just a buzzword and a process. It can open doors to limitless potential by expanding and improving capabilities and advancing all industries. It's often forward-thinking. However, during this turbulent time, digital transformation is survival.

Companies have been forced to quickly scale to meet the demands of a decentralized workforce. Brick-and-mortar businesses have shifted offline business online. Tech adoption curves that typically have taken months or years have been sped up to days or weeks..."

The Coronavirus Effect On Enterprise Technology Practices
SearchConvergedInfrastructure, May 13th, 2020
Effects of COVID-19 on enterprise IT go well beyond enabling remote workforces. Coronavirus is also changing approaches to IT staffing, projects/initiatives and budgets/spending

"The COVID-19 pandemic is having profound consequences on organizations everywhere -- IT departments that make businesses tick are no exception. Initially, the main effect of coronavirus on enterprise technology had IT scrambling to meet the demands of a workforce suddenly and predominantly working from home.

But what about other short-term, as well as intermediate and long-term, effects of coronavirus on enterprise IT? ..."

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted IT operations across nearly every industry. Here's how IT leaders are rising to the challenges

"The coronavirus pandemic has created challenges in virtually every aspect of business, in ways few people could have imagined just a few short months ago.

IT is certainly no exception, with CIOs and other technology leaders working overtime to cope with the disruptions, support the business, and continue to steer transformations into uncertain futures.

Here are some of the biggest challenges IT has had to address during the crisis..."

Gartner has forecast that IT spending globally is set to see a year-on-year decline by 8% in 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19

"Global spending on IT is projected by Gartner to reach $3.4 trillion in 2020, spelling an 8% decline from 2019, with CIOs appearing to prioritise mission-critical tech and services over growth or transformation initiatives.

All areas of IT are set to see a decline, with Gartner expecting spending on devices to see the largest dip (-15.5%)..."

This article is part of a series hosted by Security Roundtable and powered by Palo Alto Networks that provides ideas for dealing with the ongoing cybersecurity challenges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

"The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our world every day, its personal and economic toll immeasurable. As business leaders we have an imperative to save jobs where possible, create new ways of working, and support our people.

Many of the changes now taking place will likely remain for the longer term. When the crisis is over, what will our world look like? How will businesses be transformed? Will remote work take over?

I see five trends that are harbingers for the future of work. Now is the time to start planning for a new normal - for how we hire, manage, communicate, collaborate, protect, and secure our businesses and workforces..."

COVID-19 has exposed critical cracks in companies' digital capabilities, forcing CIOs to bolster their resiliency, responsiveness, flexibility, and adaptation

"The pandemic has put companies' digital maturity to the test and revealed weaknesses and cracks -- some of which may have been known a priority but consciously de-prioritized. In hindsight, what digital capabilities would you have invested in 2-3 years ago to help prepare for this time?

The current crisis was a wake-up call to increase resiliency, data-driven insight and visibility, and create an anti-fragile and nimble business structure to allow leaders to make quick decisions and respond to an environment with variable and volatile market conditions -- literally changing every day..."

Digital Transformation: Why This Is A Smart Time To Speed Up
The Enterprisers Project, May 14th, 2020
Will added digital transformation work overwhelm employees when they are already dealing with so much?

"No: In fact, organizations should consider increasing the pace...

You might think that a worldwide lockdown would slow the pace of digital transformation. And many are questioning whether this is the right time for change. It's a fair question.

While some people are struggling with imposed change, there is no question that others are adapting, and at a pace much greater than anything we've seen in recent history. Necessity demands it..."

See all Archived IT - CxO articles See all articles from this issue