Why a Truly Digital Workplace Remains Elusive

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-09-02 Email

While top executives and IT decision-makers acknowledge the business value of transitioning to a fully digital workplace, most admit that their organization is a long way from getting there, according to a recent survey from Avanade. A significant number of survey respondents, in fact, estimate that the transformation will amount to a four-year journey. Challenges have emerged due to a lack of tech investment and resources, and relatively few companies enable employees to seamlessly access software and apps outside of the office. But other causes are related to a lack of understanding about what a digital workplace actually is, as the vast majority of survey participants believe that businesses only need to take advantage of email and social media—rather than advanced collaboration and analytics solutions—to be considered digital. An authentically digital workplace "empowers employees—regardless of their location—to drive business advantage by using digital tools and intelligent context," according to the report. "Simply put, employees can access the information and resources they need anytime and from wherever they are, in order to do their jobs more effectively. It can even provide the intelligence to make relevant information 'find' the employee at the relevant moment. And the benefits are real." A total of 500 global C-level execs and IT decision-makers took part in the study, which was conducted by Wakefield Research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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