Menu
​What are the top barriers to digital adoption in NZ?

​What are the top barriers to digital adoption in NZ?

New Zealand’s digital transformation is still “in its infancy”, according to Microsoft.

Barrie Sheers - Managing Director, Microsoft New Zealand

Barrie Sheers - Managing Director, Microsoft New Zealand

There’s a huge gap between the digital transformation ambitions of New Zealand businesses and the reality.

Only 36 per cent of New Zealand business leaders have a full digital transformation strategy in place, according to a recent Microsoft study, while 17 per cent said they have very limited or no strategy to transform.

However, three quarters of respondents agree that they need to transform to enable growth.

Worse, new revenue opportunities may be going begging. 88 per cent of business leaders agree that new data insights can lead to new revenue streams for their organisations.

Microsoft’s study, undertaken in late 2016, found the top six barriers to digital transformation are, in order of priority:

1 - Lack of a digitally-skilled workforce able to optimise digital businesses

2 - Lack of government policies and ICT infrastructure to provide a sound digital transformation platform for organisations

3 - Lack of a technology leader who is also business savvy

4 - Lack of organisational leadership to ideate, plan and execute digital transformation

5 - Tight regulations that limit ability to transform digitally and,

6 - No urgency or need to counter disruptors within the industry

Microsoft New Zealand Managing Director, Barrie Sheers, said it’s concerning to see that while there is widespread acknowledgement on the need to transform, Kiwi businesses are doing so incrementally and not keeping pace with their regional counterparts.

Only 47 per cent of respondents are in progress with specific digital transformation initiatives for selected parts of their business, the study found.

“Leaders need to rethink business models, uncover and use data insights and embrace a different way of bringing together people, data, and processes which create value in a new digital business,” Sheers said.

Along with the top six barriers, there is also a persistent perception among business leaders that the cloud is less secure than in-house IT.

This is potentially impacting on the uptake and speed of implementing a digital transformation strategy, Microsoft said.

The Microsoft Asia Digital Transformation Study was conducted between October to November 2016 involving 1,494 business leaders in 13 Asia Pacific markets.

All respondents were involved in shaping their organisations’ digital strategy and working in firms with more than 250 employees.

100 respondents were from New Zealand.


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Microsoftdigital

Featured

Slideshows

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2019

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2019

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the annual Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months.

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2019
Reseller News hosts alumnae breakfast for Women in ICT Awards

Reseller News hosts alumnae breakfast for Women in ICT Awards

Reseller News hosted its second annual alumnae breakfast for the Women in ICT Awards in New Zealand, designed to showcase the leading female leaders in the industry. Held at The Cordis in Auckland, attendees came together to hear inspiring keynotes and panel discussions, alongside high-level networking among peers. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News hosts alumnae breakfast for Women in ICT Awards
Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019: meet the winners

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019: meet the winners

Reseller News honoured the standout players of the New Zealand channel in front of more than 480 technology leaders in Auckland on 23 October, recognising the achievements of top partners, emerging entrants and innovative start-ups.

Reseller News Innovation Awards 2019: meet the winners
Show Comments