Around 60% of global firms ready for digital transformation: Capgemini Research

Nearly, two thirds of organizations today have digital and leadership capabilities required to successfully implement digital transformation. According to Digital Mastery 2020: How organizations have progressed in their digital transformations over the past two years–a new report by the Capgemini Research Institute, around 62 per cent of the organizations believed they were capable of digital transformation and have the leadership capabilities to do so, an increase from 36 per cent in two years.

In May and June 2020, the Capgemini Research Institute surveyed 1,000 executives from organizations with at least $1 billion in revenue across sectors to gauge their views on the maturity of their organization’s digital and leadership capabilities required for digital transformation. Twenty per cent of the organizations reported revenue of more than $20 billion in FY 2019.

Large organizations, with $10 billion or more in revenue, have been found to have an edge in both digital and leadership capabilities. Some 68 per cent of these organizations say they have the required digital capabilities, compared with 55 per cent of those with less than $10 billion in revenue. When it comes to leadership capabilities the gap is similar: 57 per cent of smaller organizations say they have the required leadership capabilities, marginally lower than the overall average of 62 per cent and the 70 per cent seen among large organizations.

To understand how organizations progressed their digital capabilities in the past two years, Capgemini examined average ratings across four categories: talent and organization, operations, business model innovation, and customer experience (CX). Capgemini’s 2020 research, in comparison with its 2018 research on digital mastery, found that while all organizations are doing better in their digital transformation journeys in 2020, digital masters – organizations with a high level of mastery across digital and leadership capabilities – are widening the gap with their competitors.

COVID-19 has been a powerful accelerator, and, given the urgency for change, organizations have become more enthusiastic and optimistic about the maturity of their capabilities. Alongside this, organizations have taken time since 2018 to evaluate the challenges that stand in the way of success, increasing their investment in digital transformation and their adoption of emerging technologies and putting a renewed focus on talent and culture.

From a sector perspective, every industry has progressed in both its digital and leadership capabilities in the past two years, the research said. Retail now surpasses all other sectors, with 73 per cent of retail organizations saying they have the digital capabilities required for transformation, up from 37 per cent two years ago.

After retail, the telecom sector follows with 71 per cent of organizations saying they have the digital capabilities required. Telecom operators are reshaping the consumer value proposition by creating full-fledged digital experiences. The automotive sector leads in terms of capability growth, having increased its digital capabilities to 69 per cent per cent from 32 per cent in 2018.

Talent and culture determinants

Capgemini’s 2018 research had revealed that the people dimension was a significant barrier to digital transformation, as organisations failed to bring employees along in the transformation journey. However, more organizations today involve employees in their digital initiatives: 63 per cent in 2020, up from 36 per cent in 2018.

Despite this progress, when it comes to skill building, Capgemini found less than half of organizations (48 per cent) are investing in building soft skills such as emotional intelligence, adaptability, and collaboration. Capgemini’s research also consistently found that culture is a top barrier to successful digital transformation, with some organizations, for example, not having a culture where new ideas and experimentation are valued.

Accelerating investments in sustainability

The report highlights that while organizations must keep their eye on factors such as customer experience, operations and business technology, they should also place emphasis on sustainability and their broader purpose, which has become important for customers and employees alike. Consumers are increasingly concerned about environmental footprint and climate change impact and want to make a difference with their actions – 78 per cent of consumers agree that companies have a larger role to play in society beyond their self-interests. Interestingly, research found that currently only 45 per cent of organizations are accelerating sustainability investments, projects, and commitment.

To advance their digital transformation journey further, the report recommends that organizations reinvent the employee experience, leveraging the fluid workforce and ensuring employees’ social contracts align with the digital age. In addition, they should build robust data and platform capabilities, scale new business and engagement models and embed purpose and sustainability as a core part of the business, making it part of the organizational culture and viewing technology from the twin aspects of digital transformation and sustainability.

The progress made in building the necessary digital and leadership capabilities in just two years is striking which led us to undertake this research. The continued rapid pace of technology innovation and business model disruption over the past two years – with COVID-19 forcing many companies to reinvent themselves – has possibly driven this advancement,”said Claudia Crummenerl, Managing Director, People and Organization at Capgemini Invent.

“While organizations have progressed on a wide variety of measures across areas such as customer experience, operations, business and technology, many are still challenged to incorporate purpose and sustainability into their transformation strategies. By reinventing the employee experience and ways of working, embedding purpose into the operating model, truly becoming a data-powered enterprise, and scaling new business models beyond the pilot stage, organizations can attain digital maturity and demonstrate the resilience required to adapt to future uncertainties,” Crummenerl added.

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Vietnam’s agriculture industry is looking sweeter as top sugar manufacturer moves to the cloud

SBT, a top performer in Vietnam’s sugar industry, has adopted Oracle Cloud ERP to support its mission in globally producing clean agriculture products.

The agriculture corporation chose to adopt Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning to optimise their supply chain and improve financial management efficiency.

“Our goal is to lead smart agricultural development in Vietnam within the next three years,” said Dang Huynh Uc My, Vice Chairman for the Board of Directors at SBT.

SBT, also known as Thanh Thanh Cong Bien Hoa Joint Stock Company, will implement Oracle Cloud ERP across their business units in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Singapore.

“SBT will continue to align our in-depth agricultural experience and skilled manpower with smart technologies,” added Ms. Dang.

The sugar manufacturer looks to meet its goal of harmonising the interests of farmers, factories and customers by implementing Farmer Relationship Management, Customer Relationship Management and eOffice applications whilst remaining compliant with current regulations.

“The agriculture industry in Vietnam is on the cusp of the fourth industrial revolution, with digital transformation leading the way for businesses like SBT to realise their goals,” said Nguyen Thi Mai Hoa, the Head of Applications at Oracle Vietnam.

Vietnam’s digital economy grew by 40% in 2019 and could add US$162 billion to its GDP by going digital. The Government is also supporting digital transformation campaigns by increasing investment, speeding up reforms encouraging businesses to adopt new technology, committing to building smart cities and providing universal internet connectivity.

“However, today’s business climate remains unpredictable. To better respond to changing market conditions, organizations can’t be held back by disparate on-premise business systems – they need to have a clear view of their business on a single data platform,” added Mr. Nguyen.

Along with their partnership with Oracle, SBT reached a strategic cooperation agreement with KPMG Vietnam to drive forward their digital transformation plans.

SBT was also named as one of the top 50 leading brands in 2020 and in the list of 100 largest public companies by Forbes Vietnam.

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Powerhouse products like 7-Eleven in Philippines and Nissan turn to Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle is seeing an increasing number of powerhouse products in Asia Pacific turning to their Cloud Infrastructure and Autonomous Database services, including 7-Eleven in the Philippines and Nissan in Japan.

In the last year, the cloud services provider opened eight new cloud regions in Asia Pacific countries like Japan, South Korea, India and Australia as well as a Microsoft Azure cloud interconnect location in Tokyo.

“It is increasingly clear that customers perceive Oracle as a strategic partner for their cloud requirements,” said Garrett Ilg, the Executive Vice President and Head of Oracle Japan and Asia Pacific.

Oracle’s cloud services and license support revenues also increased by 1% year-over-year to US$6.8 billion in 2020.

“Given the current circumstances and operating environments across the world, customers are responding with commitment to Oracle cloud technology to reflect their support of the value being offered,” added Mr. Ilg.

Overall the cloud market in APAC is expected to grow 117% from US$133 billion to US$288 billion by 2024, according to a report by GlobalData in April 2020. This growth could be further increased by accelerating cloud adoption due to rising data volumes as well as greater remote working and digital transformation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As one of the largest convenience stores in the Philippines, with over 2,900 stores distributed across the country, Philippines Seven (7-Eleven) needed robust and resilient IT infrastructure to constantly meet customer demands.

“With growing volumes of data is growing, our systems were under pressure,” said Jeru Andrade, the Systems Support Team Leader of IT division, Philippines Seven (7-Eleven).

Philippines Seven selected Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for their cloud native security features, serverless services and ability to automate tasks to minimise human error.

Other organisations in Asia Pacific have also started to adopt cloud infrastructure for their digital needs, including Nomura Research Institute, Nissan and Medicom as well as rapidly growing independent software vendors like Japan’s Creansmaerd, Itochu Cable Systems, TIS Hokkaido, Australia’s Emersion, iliveit, and Applied Precision Medicine, South Korea’s Dain Leaders, Astems and CIP Systems, and India’s Comviva.

Oracle also recently unveiled the ‘industry’s first fully-managed, on-premises’ cloud region to bring all their second-generation cloud services directly to customer data centers.

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