The past year has been like no other. At the flick of a switch, businesses had to innovate and adapt to new ways of working, and the shift to new ways of working and doing business – supported by cloud and digital technologies – is set to continue in earnest this year and beyond.
This week, cloud and digital transformation specialist Sidero launched a new report called ‘2021 Insights: The Future of Work is Agile’, which surveyed 119 Irish tech leaders in association with TechPro to delve deeper into the current state of the Irish technology landscape.
The report not only uncovered the current digital transformation state-of-play, but also explored how IT leaders foresee technology changing the very face of the workplace over the coming years.
Increased investment in cloud and digital
The research revealed that Irish enterprises expect to increase spend significantly on cloud and digital services in 2021. The vast majority (86 per cent) intend to move more applications and workloads to the cloud this year, with the average increase in cloud usage predicted to be 33 per cent.
Furthermore, more than half of businesses are expected to increase usage of cloud-native applications in 2021, adopting an approach to software development specifically for the cloud.
As with any change of this scale, there are perceived obstacles to digital innovation for businesses. Sixty per cent are anxious about security, while 31 per cent have compliancy and regulatory concerns. Worryingly, only 26 per cent feel their organisation’s current cloud strategy is enabling business success.
Lack of inhouse digital skills
A significant number of Irish businesses cite a lack of inhouse digital skills as having negatively impacted their business in 2020. Some are unable to scale at the pace they want to, and some say it has even halted revenue growth in their business.
With a highly experienced team of 150 members, Athlone-based Sidero delivers innovative technology solutions and services for some of the most successful Irish and global companies. From cloud deployment and software development to process automation and data analytics, Sidero digitally transforms businesses to grant them a competitive advantage. Founded in 2013, the company’s success is built on the deep trust of its customer base in Sidero’s specialist digital skills and expertise.
As an Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner, with over 40 accredited consultants, Sidero is increasingly using cloud-native to build, deploy and run software that exploits the flexibility of cloud computing to deliver applications that users want, at the pace that business needs. This focus on cloud-based services allows greater efficiencies, economies of scale and ultimately greater revenue and profit for businesses.
It’s encouraging to see an appetite among businesses to accelerate cloud and digital transformation in 2021. Sidero’s new research emphasises the possibilities within reach for those willing to embrace this fundamental change.
Wayne Byrne, chief commercial officer, Sidero, said: “This new report offers invaluable advice for Irish businesses, enabling them to benchmark themselves against the digital progress of the wider market.
“We are living in a world of rapid change; the digital transformation conversation has evolved beyond a question of whether to do so or not, to instead focus on who exactly has the skills, knowledge and vision to first deploy the next game-changing technology. Agility and adaptability are key to business success in these unprecedented times.
“The ever-present IT skills gap within organisations doesn’t need to be a barrier to the adoption of cloud services with the wealth of external expertise available to assist with this digital innovation.
“No matter what stage you’re at on your cloud and digital transformation journey, we encourage business leaders to read our report to gain the insights and recommendations needed to help emerge stronger and more agile in a post-Covid world.”
Download ‘2021 Insights: The Future of Work is Agile’, at sidero.ie/insights.html