The global VMware study, which was conducted in March and April 2020, also reveals improved perceptions of alignment across app developers, IT and business decision makers as they collaborate to help their organizations operate amid the pandemic. Additionally, it captures the traits that the most successful organizations are adopting to better their digital experiences.
For years now, businesses have been on a mission to digitally transform themselves and their operations. This year’s global pandemic served as a barometer for the true state of that digital transformation. And the results, according to VMware’s “Successful Digital Transformation: Apps At The Ready” report, are less dire than expected: only 2 percent of all respondents said digital transformation efforts have not been successful in any way. Key to that success has been technology which provides the foundation for any transformation initiative or app/software development project.
Key findings from the VMware research
Modern apps are not only helping organizations operate and maintain their agility and reliability during the pandemic, they are furthering digital transformation efforts too. The main benefits of modern, cloud-native apps during the pandemic include enabling remote workforces (54 percent); pushing quick updates in response to changing landscapes (42 percent); and maintaining reliable uptime (41 percent).
Respondents described their companies, priorities and team working relationships differently before the pandemic than during the pandemic. Alignment between different departments is a crucial driver of success in the best of times. During this pandemic, its importance increases exponentially. US and UK respondents were more likely to agree that their company was “on the cutting edge and quick to embrace change” during the pandemic (25 percent) than they were before it (15 percent).
According to the VMware research, organizations seeking to thrive in this digital world should adopt tech savvy leadership, modern app/software development processes, and modern developer tools to successfully deliver net-new apps and update/upgrade existing apps into production.