Digital transformation and innovations forged during pandemic likely here to stay

By Maurice Garvey

THREE quarters of digital leaders believe there will be long-term changes to where and how people work within their organisation, according to a study by Citywest digital group Equinix.

The group’s annual Global Tech Tends Survey found digital transformations and innovations forged during the pandemic are likely here to stay.

Maurice Mortell Managing Director Ireland and Emerging Markets Equinix 1

Maurice Mortell, Managing Director, Ireland and Emerging Markets, Equinix

Surveying 2,600 IT decision-makers from across 26 countries worldwide, including 100 IT decision-makers in Ireland, the findings revealed 62 per cent of businesses in Ireland have rearchitected their IT infrastructure to meet new remote and hybrid working demands.

These changes include increasing tech budgets to accelerate digital transformation.

Close to half of the respondents said they intend to expand into new regions, countries or metros, despite the disruption experienced as a result of Covid-19.

Of that, more than half (53 per cent) plan to achieve this virtually, rather than by investing in physical IT infrastructure in-market.

Asked about their biggest priorities for their organisation’s digital strategy, 84 per cent of respondents in Ireland reported improving their organisations’ cyber security was a top priority, with 45 per cent saying they see interconnection as a key facilitator of digital transformation.

Maurice Mortell, Managing Director, Ireland and Emerging Markets, Equinix, said: “Our research shows that IT leaders in Ireland have been preparing for a digital, interconnected future since well before the pandemic. This preparation is now being put to use as we embrace digital transformation at a pace that is multiple times faster than expected.

“It is very clear to business leaders that interconnection through multi-cloud adoption is key to transformation.

“Every day, we see new solutions being designed and offered to customers, which is not only accelerating the rate of transformation but also building confidence in the future of new and intelligent technologies.

“The enterprises that can successfully pivot to digital now are the ones that will have a competitive edge post-Covid,” concluded Mr Mortell.

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