Just 12% of Indian businesses are Digital Leaders, according to the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Index (the DT Index). The DT Index, which was completed in collaboration with Intel, maps digital transformation progress of mid to large-sized companies and examines the digital hopes and fears of business leaders.
The study reveals that 48% of India heads of business believe their organization will struggle to meet changing customer demands within just five years and a quarter (25%) fear they’ll be left behind (although this is better than the situation in China, where 38% of business leaders are worried they’ll be left behind).
The DT Index’s calculations are based on companies’ perceived performance in the following areas: delivering against the core attributes of a digital business**, their existing IT strategy, workforce transformation strategy and planned investments.
Two years after the DT Index’s initial launch in 2016, Dell Technologies and Intel have more than doubled the scope of the research, from 16 countries to 42 and benchmarked 4,600 businesses, using the following groupings:
|Benchmark groups||Description||2018 country analysis||2016 country analysis|
|Digital Leaders||Digital transformation, in its various forms, is ingrained in the DNA of the business||12%||8%|
|Digital Adopters||Have a mature digital plan, investments and innovations in place||34%||29%|
|Digital Evaluators||Cautiously and gradually embracing digital transformation; planning and investing for the future||40%||37%|
|Digital Followers||Very few digital investments; tentatively starting to plan for the future||14%||21%|
|Digital Laggards||Do not have a digital plan, limited initiatives and investments in place||2%||5%|
While there has been minimal growth in the Digital Leadership group, the DT Index has tracked movement across other groups. For instance, 34% of businesses now are categorized as Digital Adopters (a 5% rise on 2016). These companies have advanced digital plans and innovations in place to power their transformation. The percentage of Digital Followers (a digitally immature group) has also dropped, from 21% in 2016, to 14% in 2018.
However, too many companies are either coasting in the Digital Evaluator group or stuck in the bottom two groups, meaning they’re either moving too slowly or don’t even have a digital plan in place.
Barriers to digital transformation
According to the research, 93% of Indian businesses are facing major impediments to digital transformation today.
The top five barriers to digital transformation are:
- Data privacy and cybersecurity concerns
- Regulation or legislative changes
- Lack of the right in-house skill sets and expertise
- Information overload
- Weak digital governance and structure
These barriers are hampering digital transformation efforts. For instance, 91% of Indian business leaders believe that digital transformation should be more widespread throughout the organization (compared to 84% in 2016).
“It’s an exciting time to be in business. We’re at a crucial intersection – where technology, business and mankind meet to create a better, more connected world,” said Rajesh Janey, President and MD – India Enterprise, Dell EMC.“However, only technology-centered organizations will reap the rewards offered by a digital business model, including the ability to monetize the data, identify actionable insights, move quickly and automate everything to delight customers. This is why digital transformation needs to be a number one priority.”
Conquering their challenges
The research indicates that businesses are taking steps to overcome their barriers, along with the threat of being outmaneuvered from more nimble, innovative players. We can see this with the:
- 63% of Indian businesses using digital technologies to accelerate new product/services development (a 9% increase on 2016)
- 63% sharing knowledge across functions, by equipping IT leaders with business skills and business leaders with IT skills (a 45% increase on 2016)
- 61% striving to develop the right skills sets and expertise in-house, such as teaching staff how to code (a 35% increase on 2016)
- 61% of businesses building security and privacy into all devices, applications and algorithms (an 8% increase on 2016)
Companies are also turning to emerging technologies and cybersecurity to power (and secure) their transformation.
Planned investments within the next one to three years:
- 74% of Indian businesses intend to invest in cybersecurity (19% higher than the proportion of businesses investing in cybersecurity in China)
- 67% of Indian businesses intend to invest in IoT technologies (11% more than Chinese companies)
- 62% of Indian businesses intend to invest in multi-cloud (7% more than Chinese firms)
- 61% of Indian businesses intend to invest in Artificial Intelligence (only 1% more than companies in China)
A small but significant number of businesses are even planning to experiment with nascent technologies. 37% will be investing in blockchain, 31% in quantum computing and 42% in VR/AR.
“We’ve talked about being on the cusp of tremendous change for some time now. That’s no longer the case,” added Alok Ohrie, President and CEO – India Commercial, Dell EMC. “The next digital era has arrived and it’s reshaping the way we live, work and conduct business. Which means that time is of the essence. Genuine transformation needs to happen now, and it needs to be radical.”
Windows 11 Update Coming to These ASUS Laptops
ASUS announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to ensure users of new and existing ASUS PCs are primed for the launch of Windows 11 after it is available.
As an internationally-respected and trusted manufacturer of Windows PCs, ASUS is proud to be a leading proponent of Windows 11 — the forthcoming latest version of the world’s most popular operating system. In preparation for this exciting launch, ASUS is readying a raft of new and existing devices for a free upgrade to Windows 11.
From today, all newly-purchased ASUS Windows 10 devices that are featured on our upgrade list, along with many existing eligible ASUS Windows 10 devices, will qualify for an upgrade after Windows 11 is released. As an example, both existing users and new purchasers of Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582), Zenbook Duo 14 (UX482), Zenbook Flip 13 OLED (UX363) and Zenbook 13 OLED (UX325) models will all be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 11 — so prospective buyers can buy today safe in the knowledge that a free upgrade is just around the corner.
Hundreds of other ASUS models that shipped with Windows 10 will also qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 11, including ProArt Studiobook, Zenbook and Vivobook laptops, ROG Strix, ROG Zephyrus and ROG Flow gaming laptops and TUF Gaming laptops and desktops. Many ExpertBook laptops and ExpertCenter desktops will also be eligible, along with many Zen AiO and Vivo AiO models and ASUS Mini PCs.
Windows 11: Get a fresh perspective
With the upcoming launch of Windows 11, Microsoft is set to introduce a new Windows experience that will bring users closer to the people and things they love. For more information on Windows 11, go to the Windows blog.
Prepare to upgrade: Simple steps to ready ASUS PCs for the new operating system
Windows 11 isn’t here yet, but it will be coming later this year. We know that users of ASUS devices will be excited by this prospect, and would wish to prepare for its arrival. There are a number of things owners can do in order to get ready.
- See if a PC can upgrade
Use the PC Health Check app to see if an existing PC meets the requirements to run Windows 11. If so, it is possible to get a free upgrade after it starts to roll out.
- Shop for a new PC
Need a new PC now? Great! ASUS has an extensive range of Windows 10 PCs that can upgrade for free after Windows 11 rolls out.
- Perform a PC backup
It’s so much easier to transfer to a new PC when files and photos from a current PC are backed up to OneDrive.
VingaJoy GVT-298 Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker Launched in India
VingaJoy has announced the launch of its all new GVT-298 Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker, priced at Rs 2,999. The speaker comes with an elegant design and premium look and also offers USB playing for ease. It is a compact and lightweight bluetooth speaker and thus is ideal to be carried along. Designed for music lovers, VingaJoy GVT-298 is a real treat with a powerful combination of crystal-clear highquality sound and long-lasting battery life. The speaker is available in 3 different colours so that you can pick the one that suits your requirement.
This new speaker comes with the latest Bluetooth feature V5.0 and the device can be connected to bluetooth devices within 11 metres of range. It is backed by a 1200 mAh battery which is rechargeable and delivers up to 5 hours of music playing. It is compatible and can easily be paired with iPhone, Android devices, and laptops as well. This speaker has multiple pairing mode options, such as FM Radio/Aux/TF Function and USP playing. The Junior Tower VingaJoy Bluetooth Speaker is a hassle-free companion for your parties or leisure time.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Lalit Arora, Co-Founder, VingaJoy said, “We are extremely happy to expand our Bluetooth Speaker portfolio with the launch of our Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker. It is specially designed keeping in mind the music requirements of the millennial. The Bluetooth Speaker looks good, sounds great and is enriched with features that suit the expectations of our customers.”
Available with 6 months’ warranty, VingaJoy GVT-298 Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker will be available at your nearest retail store as well as online platforms.
iQOO to Launch the iQOO 7 Series in India Soon
iQOO announced to extend partnership with BMW M Motorsport. iQOO became premium partner of BMW M Motorsport in 2020. It is a true testament of how both the brands aim to offer ultra-performance & speed. Inspired by track spirt, iQOO launches iQOO 7 Legend. The flagship device under iQOO 7 Series will feature the iconic tri-color racing stripes, engraved with the slogan “Fascination Meets Innovation”.
Staying true to its brand philosophy, “I Quest On and On”, iQOO hopes to bring the joy of adventure to users through technology. By focusing on delivering unmatched performance and unique experiences, iQOO aims to empower a generation of challengers to break through boundaries and exploring new possibilities. BMW M Motorsport on the other hand represents the ultimate pursuit of speed and performance, which coincides with iQOO’s brand concept. The sponsoring partnership aims to offer ultra-fast technology and high-performance experience to young and tech-savvy customers.
Commenting on the partnership, Gagan Arora, Director-Marketing – iQOO said, “As a brand, we greatly resonate with what BMW M Motorsport stands for which is an unparalleled passion to bring unprecedented monster performance for our consumers. With this, we aim to fulfil the ever-growing need of consumers for the ultimate speed and consistent performance.”
He further added, “We are thrilled to bring the upcoming iQOO 7 Series, iQOO 7 Legend has been created to deliver a unique experience to next-gen consumers who are naturally inclined towards superior performance. Powered by top-notch gaming and photography capabilities, the upcoming devices from the iQOO 7 series – iQOO 7 Legend and iQOO 7 will fit with the fast-paced lifestyle of modern youth.”
The two-year premium partner sponsorship started in 2020, with the iQOO BMW M4 DTM participation in the spectacular 2020 DTM season. This year, iQOO sponsored car will compete in the 2021 24H Nürburgring race in June.
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