December 16, 2015
Recent research has predicted there will be a surge in demand for digitization in all facets of enterprise businesses over the coming year, according to Avanade Canada.
“At Avanade, we are seeing these predictions becoming a reality for our clients, with digitization an irresistible force that is driving companies to rethink their response to markets and reshape operations,” the company stated recently. “These changes will have massive implications for how we all work and interact with family, friends, colleagues and partners.”
Below, Jeff Gilchrist, the firm’s general manager, shares his top three market predictions for 2016:
“The Digital Transformation Era has been promised, but now it’s here. Over the second half of this decade, it will be a case of ‘digital or die’ for organizations seeking to improve productivity, increase agility and differentiate from competitors.
Many organizations have embarked on a digital transformation journey to improve customer engagement, but to be digital on the outside, you need to be digital on the inside.
In 2016, companies will recognize the need to move beyond basic employee collaboration tools like email, and instead embrace a true digital workplace to drive continued productivity and competitive advantages.
Over the coming year, organizations will focus on bringing together user-friendly social, mobile, analytics and cloud computing technologies to create a digital workplace that senses and responds to the information needs of individual employees – anytime, anywhere and on any device. In fact, according to IDC, by the end of 2017, two-thirds of the CEOs of global 2000 enterprises will have digital transformation at the center of their corporate strategy.”
“In 2016, organizations must start embracing a blended workforce that comprises humans, data and intelligent software working together. A blended workforce will automate many of the manual, transactional processes that humans perform today, but we need not fear that humans will become obsolete. Instead, with an emerging ‘battle for brains’ and war on talent, a blended workforce will free people to concentrate on critical business issues and innovation. In fact, 91% of respondents to a global survey commissioned by Avanade believe today’s teenagers will work in roles that don’t exist today. Going forward, we can expect roles in areas like security and identity management to become more prevalent, as well as the introduction of new roles like the digital humanist, who will help organizations address ethical considerations arising from the use of digital technologies.
As we have seen throughout history, a changing workforce is inevitable, but digital technologies are reshaping how we work at a more rapid rate than ever before. As we move into what Gartner is calling the ‘Algorithm Economy,’ organizations will need to transform to a digital workplace that senses and responds to the information needs of individual employees, in order to remain competitive and attract the best talent in a connected world.”
“In 2016, the Internet of Things (IoT) will become a key focus area for organizations, as the cost-effectiveness of the cloud and processing power of digital analytics solutions makes it more practical to translate data from disparate devices and systems into actionable insights that improve productivity.