Our 2019 State of Disruption report begins with a quote from noted futurist Peter Diamandis: “The only constant is change, and the rate of change is increasing.” Taken without context, Diamandis’ quote could be a fitting observation for just about any facet of the technology space today. However, his words pack a whole new punch when applied to the specific trends influencing enterprise technology investments. Based on the findings in our report, those trends can be summed up in three words: transform or die.
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In response to the three-word ultimatum above, we’re committed to helping enterprise decision makers answer two questions:
- What does the imperative to transform mean for enterprise tech decision making?
- What does the rate of technology change look like across industries and company sizes?
This led to a cross-industry survey of 300+ enterprise technology decision makers responsible for leading purchasing decisions. The survey sought to reveal the state of digital transformation efforts, the roles trusted advisors and other third parties play in the process and the rate at which disruptive technologies are replacing legacy tools.
The resulting report contains useful insight that tech decision makers can apply to purchasing decisions and helpful guidance for channel partners looking to create new opportunities for hungry customers.
Here are the six key findings of the report:
- Trusted advisors—consultants, agents, and other third parties that guide customer technology decision making—help 82% of enterprise customers in IT decision making.
- Innovation is directly correlated with the use of trusted advisors: Companies that work with trusted advisors are leading in innovation by more than a two-to-one margin.
- The pace at which legacy technology will be supplanted by next-gen cloud solutions will significantly increase in 2019 compared to 2018—in some cases, by double-digit percentages.
- 74% of decision makers fear a cyberattack could cost them their job. Yet most organizations are not prepared to handle a cyberattack and mitigate the fallout.
- While the growth in cloud-based IT compute architectures remains the dominant trend, colocation is also robust, especially in larger-sized companies.
- SD-WAN is the year’s most disruptive technology. However, dependence on MPLS networks is also very strong: 40% of enterprises will continue to invest heavily in the use of MPLS.
In part two of our State of Disruption blog series, we’ll explore the statistics behind today’s digital transformation trends and reveal how many enterprises actually have a digital transformation strategy in place.
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This article was originally published on the Telecom Reseller website here.