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Indian Organizations New Juggernauts of IT Transformation in APJM – Study

Dell EMC recently unveiled the results of an IT Transformation maturity study surveying 4,000 IT decision makers worldwide, out of which 400 are from India

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90% of Indian respondents agree that failing to embrace IT Transformation will hurt their company’s competitiveness. One of the many more revelations made in IT Transformation maturity study by Dell EMC cited that in India 8.5 times more likely than Legacy/Emerging organizations (86% versus 10%) say their company almost always makes better and faster data-driven decisions.

Whereas, 17% of organizations in India were noted to have achieved the fully Transformed status, a much higher percentage than was observed in other Asian countries researched (4%).

In the recent results announced by Dell EMC – the new research conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) on the benefits of IT Transformation, validates that IT Transformation can result in bottom-line benefits that drive business differentiation, innovation and growth.

“Today, Indian organizations not only realize the importance of transforming their IT infrastructure to ensure they have a competitively edge and to reduce costs, but they also now know that it is crucial to turn data into business intelligence. This requires an end-to-end IT infrastructure that can manage, analyze, store and protect data everywhere it lives. We believe in giving our customers the ability to make that end-to-end strategy a reality, driving disruptive innovation without the fear of being disrupted themselves. With our expansive set of infrastructure and software technologies, Dell EMC has become a powerful ally to help any business in its IT Transformation journey to fuel digital innovation,” said Rajesh Janey, MD & President, Enterprise India, Dell EMC.

According to the ESG IT Transformation Maturity Curve India Report commissioned by Dell EMC and Intel Corporation:

  • Respondents from Transformed organizations in India were 35 times more likely to have exceeded their revenue targets (97%) in the past year compared with Legacy/Emerging Indian organizations, as compared to only 45% of respondents at Transformed companies in the rest of Asia
  • Transformed organizations in India are 11X more likely to believe they are in a very strong competitive business position compared to lower scoring organizations
  • Transformed organizations in India are 10X more likely to execute the majority of application roll-outs ahead of schedule compared to lower scoring organizations

This year’s findings show organizations are progressing in IT maturity and generally believe transformation is a strategic imperative.

  • 72% of Indian respondents whose organizations have achieved Transformed status also report having mature Digital Transformation projects underway versus only 3% of the Indian Legacy/Emerging companies surveyed
  • IT groups at Transformed companies in India are 6.5 times more likely to be involved in business-strategy development compared with their counterparts at Legacy/Emerging companies (46% versus 7%). Moreover, in the rest of the region Transformed organizations were only 5 times as likely to enjoy this level of involvement compared to lower scoring organizations

IT Transformation maturity can accelerate innovation, drive growth, increase IT efficiency and reduce cost. More specifically:

  • Two-fifths (41%) of respondents at Transformed companies cited cost reduction as a key IT success criterion
  • Nearly universally, 89% of Indian respondents said their companies are under pressure to deliver products and services faster, which requires having an agile approach to IT
  • Transformed organizations in India were 10 times more likely than Legacy/Emerging organizations to report the majority of their applications are deployed ahead of schedule

Maturity Characteristics Compared with the Rest of Asia

For Indian organizations, IT Transformation correlates with improved IT and business outcomes.

In terms of modern data center technology usage, Indian organizations appear to lead their counterparts across the rest of Asia: 

  • They are more apt to use Flash, 84% of surveyed Indian companies use All-Flash and/or hybrid arrays compared with 73% for the rest of Asia
  • 82% of Indian organizations surveyed use scale-out storage versus 65% for the rest of Asia
  • They are much more likely to be committed to software-defined data center technologies, e.g., software-defined networking and storage—72% of Indian respondents indicated such a commitment compared with 53% across the rest of Asia
  • They were more likely to report using both converged and hyper-converged infrastructure in their environments—46% versus the 19% reported by organizations in other Asian countries
  • Indian organizations are more virtualized than other Asian organizations—49% of Indian production servers are VMs versus 45% in the rest of Asia

In addition to modern data center technologies, Indian organizations are, in general, exceeding the rest of Asia in terms of automation and process evolution:

  • India’s organizations were more likely to report extensive (29% versus 7%) self-service infrastructure provisioning capabilities to end-users compared with the rest of Asia
  • India-based organizations are more likely to have highly automated server environments including provisioning (35% versus 15%), updating (39% vs. 16%), and troubleshooting (34% versus 13%) processes.

Lastly, ESG asked respondents to qualitatively describe how extensively their organizations have adopted formal DevOps principles and practices. Indian organizations appear to be ahead of the rest of Asia, with 26% reporting extensive adoption compared to 10%.

Executive Quote: “IT Transformation has now become a very important part of any business and those companies who lag will definitely be left behind.”  Director of IT, retail organization with nearly US$1B in annual revenue, India*

The ESG 2018 IT Transformation Maturity Study follows the seminal study commissioned by Dell EMC, the ESG 2017 IT Transformation Maturity Study, and was designed to provide insight into the state of IT Transformation, the business benefits fully transformed companies experience, and the role critical technologies have in an IT Transformation.

To Read the ESG Research Insights Paper: “Research Proves a Link to Agility, Innovation, and Business Success in India”


Niloy Banerjee

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