Cloud technologies are widely lauded for their sustainable cost advantages and built-in business flexibility, meaning that a shift to the cloud is often a key IT priority in increasing an organization’s competitiveness. However, an understanding of the growing ecosystem of technologies is a prerequisite for avoiding pitfalls – and cloud adoption must be carefully integrated into a holistic business transformation strategy to succeed.
The advent of 5G networks has caused a great debate within the global telecommunications sector. The new generation of wireless networks is viewed as a savior by some, set to transform the industry back into a growth engine; to others, it looks to be another huge capital expenditure with an uncertain use case. For 5G to reach its full potential of becoming a significant revenue source, carriers need to adopt an ‘outside in’ approach to innovation.
Business norms have been swept away by the Covid-19 pandemic; because of this disruption, change had to go deeper and faster than conventionally thought possible. Instead of “returning to normal”, we must now refocus technologies, working practices and business models to create an environment that will be starkly different to the old ways of working.
The sudden shock of the changes brought about as a result of coronavirus has passed, and we are now settling into what is likely to be a long period of working from home. Our sister companies, particularly NTT DATA Italia, have been coping with this situation for some time already, and we have benefitted from their experience. We would like to share some of what they have discovered.
Organisations that are focused, resilient, responsive, adaptable, versatile and able to sustainably innovate are successful. Taken together, these traits are known as ‘Business Agility’. The benefits are significant, including better organisational health – the best indicator of long-term performance. Despite this, many organisations struggle, with common challenges holding them back. At NTT DATA, we know it doesn’t have to be this way. This paper assesses the underlying challenges and describes our Business Agility framework to help clients thrive in the years to come.