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10 big excuses that show the UK’s digital transformation ain’t gonna happen

Most companies, big and small, are aware that their continued use of Outlook 2007 is starting to get a bit embarrassing and their database is… who knows where?

But we’re all still pretty confused about exactly how we change our course.

Here’s the top 10 reasons, according to a survey of 1,000 business leaders by Manchester’s digital experience studio Code Computerlove, why you’ll struggle to ditch that mainframe.

  1. Cost
  2. Lack of funding
  3. Lack of skills
  4. No ‘digital transformation’ lead
  5. Lack of time
  6. IT system too old to change easily
  7. Not clear what to implement
  8. Lack of strategy
  9. Risk
  10. Lack of board understanding

The vast majority of those surveyed agreed digital transformation is necessary but only half felt they actually understood how to do it.

Accenture reckons an ‘optimised economy’ across skills, investment in new tech and an acceleration of existing usage could add $84bn, £59bn, to the UK’s bottom line by 2020.

But that obviously takes some investment to get there.

Here’s some more pretty comprehensive advice from the World Economic Forum. Otherwise, just wait for your sassy, new millennial workforce to throw the desktop computers you’ve allocated to them straight out your window. Done.