New research examining organizations evolving from the traditional office environment to a digital workplace has revealed that gaining competitive advantage and improving business process are among the top goals of their digital transformation strategy. This is according to 40% of 800 organizations in 15 countries on five continents that were interviewed for Dimension Data's Digital Workplace Report: Transforming Your Business.
The Report also states that digital transformation is not just about adopting the technologies of the past: 62% of research participants expect to have technology such as virtual advisors in their organizations within the next two years. In addition, 58% expect to start actively investing in technology that powers virtual advisors in the next two years.
Today, the digital workplace is no longer just made up of managers and those managed; co-workers collaborating with one another to complete projects; and employees interacting with customers and partners. It's increasingly populated by 'virtual employees' who do not exist in a physical sense, but nonetheless play an important role in the organization.
While artificial intelligence (AI) technology is still in its infancy, it is sufficiently advanced to be working its way into companies in the form of virtual assistants, and, in certain industries such as banking, virtual tellers and virtual advisors. Manifested as bots embedded into specific applications, virtual assistants draw on AI engines and machine learning technology to respond to basic queries.
"It's no longer enough to simply implement these technologies," says Krista Brown, Dimension Data's Group End-user Computing SVP. "Organizations have grown their use of analytics to understand how these technologies impact their business performance: 64% use analytics to improve their customer services, and 58% use analytics to benchmark their workplace technologies."
Meanwhile, around 30% of organizations said they're far along in their digital transformation initiatives and are already reaping the benefits, while others are still in the early stages of developing a plan.
Brown says one reason that could be holding companies back from implementing a digital workplace is their corporate culture. Often, technology and corporate culture inhibit – rather than encourage – workstyle change. However, the number one barrier to successful adoption of new workstyles was IT issues, and research participants cited organizational issues as another.
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SOURCE Dimension Data
Edited by G. Davila