According to a survey of UK leaders conducted by bluQube, the adoption of digital transformation technologies is accelerating.
“So-called ‘future’ technologies, such as robotics or the Internet of Things, have now firmly entered the mainstream for businesses looking to grow and stand out from the chasing pack,” commented Simon Kearsley, CEO of bluQube.
Almost three-quarters (72%) of business leaders report their organisations have adopted mobile technology. An equal percentage say they’re using the cloud for their operations. As established technologies, it’s not particularly surprising.
The IoT – adopted by almost half of businesses (48%) – only fell behind mobile and cloud.
Further down the list, but still seeing notable adoption, are AI and machine learning. Close to a third (30%) of leaders report using these technologies.
Augmented reality is also seeing impressive adoption, with more than a fifth (21%) now using it for their operations.
Among the more emerging technologies that are growing but yet to see widespread adoption are: digital twins (18.7%), robotics (12.7%), and interoperable systems (12.7%).
“Adoption still has a long way to go in certain areas, with all-too-many businesses neglecting the potentially-transformative benefits of underlooked technologies such as those that offer interoperability, which can significantly streamline day-to-day operations and revolutionise how businesses work,” added Kearsley.
The report notes that 78 percent of businesses have identified these digital transformation technologies as helping to drive growth in their organisation—showing the appetite is there for continued investment.
76 percent of the leaders say the pandemic-induced acceleration of remote working hastened their organisation’s plans to implement digital technologies.
With rocketing fuel costs further adding to the appetite for remote working, more businesses are committing to continuing the advancements they’ve made in this area over the pandemic. 36 percent of business leaders believe they will have to implement more technology to support the continuation of hybrid or remote working models
Here are the areas where businesses feel digital transformation is benefitting them the most:
Improved efficiency (65%)
Cost savings (44%)
Better customer experience (39%)
Improved sustainability (36%)
Improved transparency (32%)
Aiding remote working (32%)
Better employee engagement (27%)
“By using the right innovative technologies to automate and streamline time-consuming, repetitive tasks, businesses can unlock the true potential of their staff, and free up team time and headspace to focus on the more strategic, involved tasks that drive the business forwards,” explains Kearsley.
A full copy of the report is available here (registration required)