Digital Transformation: This Just In.

first_imgRecently I wrote of how the next Industrial Revolution is upon us – it’s a revolution that will impact every company in every industry. It’s a revolution that potentially threatens the existence of most household names we know today, but one that’s also rich with opportunity. For incumbents to play a part they must transform – their business, their approach to IT, their workforce, their security posture – everything. How are businesses reacting to this revolution? We thought it was a question that should be answered. So we commissioned a team of researchers to survey 4,000 business leaders find out.Today we’re releasing the results of that research – our Digital Transformation Index sponsored by Dell Technologies. What do the results tell us?First, the revolution is already here, and the pressure is on established companies to act. Fifty-two percent of respondents have already experienced significant disruption to their industries as a result of digital technologies. Seventy-eight percent of respondents consider digital start-ups as a threat, either now or in the future – which in my view suggest that the barriers to entry that used to protect established companies are significantly lower – and perhaps even non-existent in some instances. Strikingly, 48 percent of respondents said they don’t know what their industry will look like in 3 years’ time – a stark contrast to the past when established companies were stewards for their industry and the products and services they delivered to customers.What did the research suggest about how respondents are reacting to the pressure to transform?Researchers found that while many organizations have begun to respond, progress is patchy. Researchers plotted the progress of all 4,000 respondents against a digital business benchmark. It shows that there are five types of businesses traveling on the path towards their digital future.Businesses in the top group – the Leaders – are delivering new customer experiences by writing software to make their products smart or take their services online. They proactively drive change and seek to take control of their digital destiny, delivering on the attributes of a digital business as a result. This group represents just 5 percent of respondents. Companies in the Digital Adopters group – representing 14 percent of respondents – are still doing a stand-up job. They’ve got a pretty mature plan and they’ve implemented a number of programs driving their digital futures. The largest chunk of respondents, 34 percent, find themselves in the Digital Evaluators group and are gradually embracing innovation (‘gradually’ being the operative word). Thirty-two percent are classified as Digital Followers; companies that are still at the very early stages of their journey. They’ve got a lot of catching-up to do. Firms in the Laggard group resist change – their very survival hangs in the balance. They represent 15 percent of respondents. Clearly, the majority of businesses still have a long way to go in the digital journeys.What are respondents planning to do to accelerate their transformation?I’ve always maintained that for many companies IT transformation is at the heart of a digital transformation – the research confirms this: 73 percent are in agreement that a centralized technology strategy needs to be a priority for their business and 66 percent are planning to invest in IT infrastructure and digital skills leadership. It’s also been my view that every company, in every industry is going to become a software company, or establish software DNA at their core. So it comes as no surprise to me that almost three in four (72 percent) of respondents are now expanding their software development capabilities in order to advance their digital business transformation.Suffice it to say, the majority of businesses are only beginning their digital transformation. If you’re a part of this majority, is it too little, too late? No, of course not. While the revolution is here, it’s nowhere close to complete. The opportunity is and will continue to be massive. But the time to act is now. One good way to get going is to simply explore the results of the research and see how you stack up against 4,000 of your peers: check out the full results here.&nbsp;</p><p>last_img read more

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QPR move out of the bottom three

first_img Austin’s close-range finish looked to have a sealed a valuable three points after Leroy Fer had earlier opened the scoring but the striker gave Burnley hope when he was shown a second yellow card with 15 minutes to play. Burnley squandered a handful of excellent chances in the second half but Sean Dyche’s side lacked cutting edge in the final third and are now just two points off the bottom of the table. Press Association Dunne was again to the rescue moments later when his sliding tackle denied Ings a shot from close range but the Burnley forward should have done better a minute later when he nodded Marney’s cross wide at the far post. The visitors continued to pile on the pressure as Boyd blazed over from inside the area but Rangers survived and in the 75th minute made their opponents pay by doubling their advantage. Vargas played a neat one-two with Mauricio Isla to reach the touchline before squaring the ball back to Austin, who slotted home for his sixth goal in seven games. The goal-scoring hero swiftly turned to villain two minutes later, however, as Austin was adjudged to have elbowed Keane when the pair rose for a header and the QPR striker was shown a second yellow card. Buoyed by the one-man advantage, Burnley pressed forward looking for a lifeline but it was the hosts who could have added a third had Tom Heaton not blocked Suk-Young Yun’s close-range effort late on. Rangers played out the dying minutes with ease, sealing their third win in four home matches and jumping out of the relegation zone ahead of a crucial Christmas period. Much of the build-up to the clash centred around the team’s in-form strikers Austin and Danny Ings, who scored 41 goals between them in the Championship last season. While Ings missed a handful of half-decent opportunities, it was Austin’s contribution that proved decisive alongside the equally threatening Fer. Burnley created the first clear-cut chance in the 11th minute when Rob Green fumbled Dean Marney’s cross but the Rangers keeper scrambled to his feet just in time to block Scott Arfield’s follow-up. Both sides were struggling to establish any rhythm but Burnley’s George Boyd injected some quality into the contest just before the half-hour, unleashing a bending long-range effort which Green did brilliantly to tip onto the post. Sparked into life, QPR almost took the lead at the other end when the lively Eduardo Vargas nipped past Ben Mee in the penalty area but his shot towards the far corner was cleared off the line by Michael Keane. Austin had endured a quiet first half but, six minutes after the break, the in-form striker provided the decisive pass for Fer to break the deadlock. Bobby Zamora played in the former Burnley man, who cut the ball back and despite the brave attempts of Mee to block the finish, Fer bundled the ball home for his second goal in three games. Burnley almost levelled soon after when Boyd’s driven cross looked destined to find Ings at the far post but the slightest of touches from Richard Dunne saw the ball flash past the striker. Charlie Austin scored his eighth goal of the season as QPR beat fellow strugglers Burnley 2-0 and climbed out of the bottom three for the first time since September.last_img read more

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Barcelona, ​​third team with more Spanish first

first_imgValencia241635 Sp. Huelva24eleven49 Seville2414two8 Barcelona25185two Real society19180one Logroño2412oneeleven Madrid CFF2514one10 Spanish221804 Athletic252500 Athletic22958 Sportstwenty-onefifteen06center_img EquipmentTemplateSpanishCommunityExtra community First team templates Vallecano Ray2417one6 Passion fruit2613twoeleven The crushing Barça win against Real Sociedad (1-10) in the final of the Spanish Super Cup has opened a non-existent debate So far in Spanish women’s football: the presence of foreigners in the club squads. A fact that, unlike in the male category, does not have an established limit, even for the incorporation of extra-community soccer players. The one in charge to ignite the controversy was the technician of the Real Society, Gonzalo Archon who claimed after the defeat of his team a reflection of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) both for the difference in budget and the presence of foreigners in the Barca team.“All teams feel that we can’t beat this club and that is something that LaLiga and the Federation have to reflect on. If this is how they want to promote women’s football, that there are more and more foreign players and that the national players are on the bench. It has a much larger budget and the Federation has to reflect if they want it to be like that and humiliate others, “said Arconada. However, and perhaps because of his understandable pain after the blow suffered, his statements are not correct. Betis2. 31436 Heel22eleven56 I raised2622twotwo The Barça it is the third team of the First Iberdrola with more Spanish in his wardrobe, tied precisely with the Royal Society, which has a shorter staff, and with Espanyol. And, if we attend the Barca team in the final, a total of eleven Spaniards participated, among which were six players trained in La Masia, and four foreigners (Martens, Graham, Oshoala and Crnogorcevic). Beyond this, it stands out that coach Culé, Lluís Cortés, only lined up two signings this season, since the Barca team was practically the same with respect to last season, in which the Catalans won 4-1 and 2-5 to the Real in League.From the Federation downplay this controversy and ensure they don’t have to reflect on the number of foreigners in Spanish teams. The one who did reflect was Lluís Cortés, who explained that the secret of their level this season, in which they have only incorporated four signings (two Spanish, one Norwegian and one Swiss), was that they have improved physical preparation and budget. Whether for that or not, the numbers what they do show is that the reason for this is not the number of foreigners in their workforce.last_img read more

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