ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Only half (53 percent) of surveyed business technology professionals
believe their organization’s leadership is digitally literate, according
to ISACA’s new Digital
Transformation Barometer research. The other 47 percent either don’t
think their business leaders have a solid understanding of technology
and its impacts, or are unsure. In addition, the global research study
tempers the hype surrounding some emerging technologies, as respondents
reality checked which technologies will be rapidly adopted, cautiously
tested or parked for future consideration in the digital transformation
The findings were released today and paint a concerning portrait for the
progress to date, and future of digital transformation across the globe.
The Digital Transformation Barometer data delves into digital
transformation and digital literacy within leadership, as well as
emerging and disruptive technologies within several industries. The full
research report and additional resources can be found here.
“With this research, ISACA’s global membership provides a digital
transformation reality check that assesses actual technology adoption
plans, levels of sentiment of support and concern, and monetary
commitments to deploy emerging technology by geography and industry,”
said ISACA CEO Matt Loeb, CGEIT, CAE. “The resounding message from our
research is clear: senior leadership needs to invest in increasing its
digital fluency. Organizations with digitally fluent leadership are more
clearly recognizing the benefits and risks of emerging technologies.”
Digital Literacy and Receptiveness to Emerging Technologies Among
A concerning 47 percent aren’t confident that their leaders are
digitally literate, the data indicates. With nearly a quarter of these
same leaders noted as needing a stronger understanding of technology’s
benefits and risks, digital literacy of global organizations’ leadership
across the industry and geographical spectrum is in question.
Despite the sense of urgency to embrace digital transformation across
the board, less than a quarter of organizations said they believe their
senior leadership is very receptive to adopting emerging technologies.
Half of leadership teams are considered moderately receptive and one in
five (20 percent) are not receptive.
Furthermore, challenges with digital literacy and receptivity to
adopting emerging technology are not limited to the C-suite. Broader
organizational challenges and cultural resistance play a role in the
process of deploying certain digital transformation technologies.
Almost half of global respondents anticipate facing organizational
challenges or resistance when deploying AI/machine learning/cognitive
tech (49 percent), public cloud (48 percent), and Internet of Things
Roughly a third of respondents anticipate the same kind of resistance
when deploying blockchain (34 percent) or big data analytics (31
Perceptions and Plans for Emerging Technologies: Hype vs. Reality
Big data analytics ranked highest in the chance of delivering
transformational value to organizations (38 percent), easily besting
AI/machine learning/cognitive (20 percent), public cloud (18 percent),
IoT (14 percent), blockchain (7 percent), and AR/VR (2 percent). Big
data analytics was also the leader in intended deployment plans for the
At this point, respondents believe AR/VR appears as more of a wishlist
item rather than reality as most organizations are not deploying the
The IoT and Public Cloud Are Still Considered Risky Business
Technologies such as Internet of Things lie at the heart of many
companies’ digital transformation, but, according to the ISACA research,
many respondents still consider IoT and public cloud to be quite risky:
Sixty-six percent of global respondents ranked Internet of Things to
be among the technologies as ‘high risk.’
Perhaps because of the few, but very public, data breaches in the news
that came from IoT devices, the resistance to IoT adoption is high in
sectors most affected, including healthcare (71 percent) and
government/military (69 percent).
Seventy-four percent of surveyed business technology leaders are
moderately to extremely concerned about their organization’s ability
to safeguard connected devices in IoT.
“Emerging technologies have to be embraced,” said Loeb. “As the research
shows, the reluctance to deploy them is linked to the need to understand
and mitigate the risks of doing so. Organizations that implement a
strong information and technology governance program will better
understand their capabilities, which leads to more effective risk
management and increased confidence in deployment of these technologies.”
About ISACA’s Digital Transformation Barometer
The ISACA Digital Transformation Barometer research, conducted in the
second quarter of 2017, surveyed 4,164 information technology
professionals worldwide. Results are at www.isaca.org/digital-transformation-barometer.
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positive potential of technology.