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Business leaders are realizing that the cloud is no longer the domain of “technicians”


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Tim Howell shares unique insights into the drivers of cloud adoption and digital transformation in New Zealand, as well as the key barriers many local businesses face | Content partnership

In the same way that the pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital technology in retail businesses, Covid-19 is accelerating cloud adoption for large enterprises. But there is still a long way to go for New Zealand organizations to realize their growth potential.

At CCL, Spark’s cloud business, our goal is to enable Aotearoa to adapt and thrive in a digital future. Cloud technologies are central to this vision, especially in a post-pandemic world.

We recently commissioned independent research for our State of New Zealand cloud transformation report to uncover critical insights from over 400 IT and business decision makers across New Zealand – from adoption from cloud and digital transformation to related areas such as sustainability, access to skills, and cybersecurity.

The report provides a range of information and analysis. Cloud leaders – companies that are confident in their use of the cloud – have a better understanding of the cloud’s potential. They see it as a tool to build agility, optimize the end-user experience, enable flexible work environments and access a range of other socio-economic benefits.

Meanwhile, a series of transformative technologies are on the radar. Data and the Internet of Things (IoT) are high on the transformation agenda as organizations improve operational efficiency, work flexibility, insight and decision-making, and customer experience or user.

While the pandemic has accelerated the cloud adoption plans of many companies over the past two years, our report indicates that greater adoption is expected: more than half of responding companies plan to invest even more in cloud services this year.

Skills shortages remain a constraint

Two in five organizations cited lack of skills when resourcing cloud projects as a barrier to their progress – this highlights a significant constraint for our industry (not just here in New Zealand, but globally), and more broadly in our business landscape with respect to applying technology to improve productivity and business performance.

Organizations deemed more mature in their cloud journey are those that have focused on having the right people and process foundations in place to help ensure the successful implementation of any technology. In other words, to maximize the value of the cloud — and digital transformation in general — those who recognize and prioritize the value of people, process, and technology are more likely to realize its value sooner. With business and technology teams working together, organizations can thrive.

Developing the digital skills of the future

As an industry, cloud providers (such as CCL) need to be part of the solution, supporting the development of talent pipelines in technology, and appreciating the value that diversity can bring to organizations like ours, especially with a focus on underrepresented groups. , such as women, Maori and Pasifika.

This should be part of our broader commitment to strengthening New Zealand’s digital future, alongside other upskilling initiatives such as immersive hands-on workshops, internship and graduate programs to foster the next generation. talent and equal employment opportunities. At the same time, such initiatives are only a small piece of the overall puzzle and any lasting solution will require long-term collaboration and planning between the public and private sectors, including bringing in overseas talent to help remedy. shortage of technological skills.

All businesses are digital businesses

For many CCL customers, technology adoption is no longer the domain of IT. This has been the case for some time, especially since we have seen SaaS applications emerge over the last ten or twenty years. Most organizations have experienced situations where staff signed up for cloud-based applications using a credit card, creating a “shadow IT” challenge. .

But as organizations embrace digital technology, there is a growing realization that the value of technology can be applied across all domains; no one should have the proverbial “head in the sand”.

Leadership teams are recognizing the need to engage and realize the potential of their organization’s digital transformation, while boards are increasingly integrating technology considerations into their strategic planning and risk management.

For business decision makers, the need to better understand the cloud technology landscape and determine the business value of investing in cloud technology is becoming key to success – and sometimes longevity. And for technology leaders, it’s critical to clarify for the entire business how areas ripe for investment in cloud and digital technology can contribute to business goals and performance.

Our research shows that cloud technologies can help New Zealand organizations achieve cost and operational efficiency savings, workplace flexibility, sustainability gains and drive innovation to take advantage of new opportunities. of the market. By better understanding our local landscape, we can assess where we stand as organizations and use those data points and insights to help make better decisions to move our organizations forward – and the economy at large.

You can view the full research report here: CCL’s New Zealand State Cloud Transformation

CCL supports its customers at every stage of managing and modernizing their enterprise technology. From government departments, local governments and DHBs to energy providers, insurers and special projects, CCL’s end-to-end IT management, cloud platforms and technology services are tried and tested by some of the organizations New Zealand’s most demanding.

CCL is part of Spark Business Group, New Zealand’s largest digital services provider, helping New Zealand businesses win big in a digital world. Spark supports the founding of Newsroom.co.nz