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2016: The First Digital Decade Begins – Defining the DNA of Digital Business Transformation

Logicalis defines the shared DNA of digitally driven organisations, as digital enablement is set to become the No.1 CEO priority for the next 10 years

Slough, UK, 07 January 2016 – Logicalis UK, the international IT solutions and managed services provider, is marking 2016 as the beginning of a new era in technology when organisations move away from an IT defined world to the possibilities of a digitally defined decade. This evolution is characterised by the increasing consensus among UK business leaders that digital innovation and continual digital development is the top priority for future success.

“We’re seeing a decisive change in leadership priorities across the world as the objective of digital transformation becomes predominant among organisations, and the value of disruptive and innovative technology is pursued by non-technologists at all levels of society, government and business – not just their IT departments,” said Chris Gabriel, Chief Digital Officer for Logicalis Europe. “Real examples are everywhere and the potential is extraordinary. Millions of people with no concept of what IT departments do are finding that this is no longer an obstacle to empowerment. This tipping point has arrived because the capabilities and cost of technology - analytics, mobile, cloud apps – has never been better.”

Using evidence gained through its work with over 6,500 enterprise customers worldwide, Logicalis has found six common characteristics of digitally driven organisations:

  1. They share a willingness to transform themselves through digital innovation and continual digital development, often embracing CxO level ownership such as a Chief Digital Officer.
  2. They recognise the power, value and potential of exploiting and monetising existing - and creating new forms of - digital data.
  3. They believe that governments, institutions and organisations need to transform where and how people work, learn and live in digital enabled places and virtual spaces.
  4. They understand the importance of addressing the security threats associated with digital transformation.
  5. They are committed to investing in digital ready infrastructures to accelerate their digital strategies and the digital experiences of their customers, citizens and employees.
  6. They accept that they need a transformed IT function that can operate and serve their business at ‘the speed of digital’.

One of the principal features of the Digital Decade is the maturity of so-called Shadow IT, where line-of-business executives bypass the IT department to make IT investments autonomously. According to the third annual CIO survey, published by Logicalis in November last year, 90% of CIOs worldwide encounter this phenomenon at least sometimes. The study found wide-ranging transformation projects being planned to counteract these changes and enable more agile, service-orientated technology infrastructure.

Logicalis will be returning to the theme of the Digital Decade through events, research findings and other activities during the course of this year.


Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data centre and cloud services; and managed services.

Logicalis employs over 4,000 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,500 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HPE, IBM, CA Technologies, NetApp, Microsoft, Oracle, VMware and ServiceNow on an international basis. It has specialised solutions for enterprise and medium-sized companies in vertical markets covering financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, helping customers benefit from cutting-edge technologies in a cost-effective way.

The Logicalis Group has annualised revenues of over $1.5 billion, from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific, and is one of the leading IT and communications solution integrators, specialising in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the AIM market of the LSE and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, with revenues of over $6 billion.

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