​Are Kiwi organisations taking digital seriously?

New Zealand IT leaders are seeing digital as more than just the latest buzzword.

New Zealand IT leaders are taking digital seriously and integrating the different aspects of digitalisation into their organisations as the market trend becomes more than just a buzzword.

“New Zealand organisations are gearing up and getting on board with the digital concept, integrating digital into their core business and adopting underlying trends,” says Reg Prasad, Head of Consulting, Qual IT.

“While this is a fundamental shift which ensures our nation is up to play with the rest of the world, a strategic and measured quality approach to implementing digital initiatives needs to be taken, rather than diving in head first.”

Conducted by IT quality assurance firm Qual IT, the Digital Readiness Study drew data from 46 of some of New Zealand’s largest organisations across the private and public sectors on their interpretation of digital and what it means for them.

Out of the digital concept come a handful of key digital issues which have implications for organisations, the most relevant of these, according to IT leaders, is cyber-security with 90 percent rating it as highly relevant (eight or more on a 1-10 scale).

Prasad says some of the other digital issues that IT leaders rated as relevant to their organisation include big data, mobile platforms, cloud computing and social technology.

Organisations are adopting and embracing digital with new digital roles being established and digital strategies being developed and implemented alongside more traditional strategies.

“Digital, to IT leaders in New Zealand, is not just a buzzword, rather a real, disruptive and opportunistic concept which they are adopting readily,”

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