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02 Oct 2017

IDC Launches New Framework to Accelerate Digital Transformation and Help Enterprises Become Digital Natives

Latest research-based model empowers organizations to break through the digital deadlock

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., October 2, 2017 – According to a new Digital Transformation MaturityScape Benchmark study from International Data Corporation (IDC), 59% of worldwide organizations are stuck in Stage 2 or 3 of their digital transformation. While they are running digital projects, and making progress, they are not digitally transforming their overall organization. To assist organizations in this endeavour, IDC today launched a new thought leadership framework, Accelerated Pathways to Digital Transformation, designed to help enterprises make the digital transformation needed to become digital native – i.e. an organization where disruptive innovation is "business as usual."

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While challenges around legacy culture, process, and financial incentives have been widely identified as impediments to digital transformation, many organizations in their digital journey are also facing the following specific operational challenges:

  • Outdated KPIs
  • Siloed organizational structures
  • Tactical plans
  • Limited expertise
  • Silos of innovation

"When organizations look at their individual digital programs, they may feel like they are making progress. But they need to take a step back to see whether the overall enterprise is digitally transforming," said Meredith Whalen, senior vice president, IT Executive Programs, Software, Services, and Industry Research. "If the answer is 'no,' they need to address the challenges impeding their progress."

In the new framework, based on IDC's global research with organizations undergoing digital transformation, IDC provides unique insights and recommendations on how to overcome these hurdles. The new framework outlines IDC's recommended approaches to:

  • Creating new digital KPIs
  • Establishing an end state digital organizational structure
  • Constructing a long-term digital roadmap
  • Developing the most important digital capabilities
  • Building a digital platform

IDC expects it will take until 2027 for 75% of organizations to have digitally transformed. There are markers along the way, which will be important for organizations to benchmark to make sure they are on track. "Over the next three years, we expect organizations will be internally focused on the systems, processes, and the culture shifts necessary to 'get digital done.' Once organizations clear this hurdle, they will be able act like an 'outside in' organization that drives innovation. By 2022, we predict 80% of revenue growth will depend on digital offerings and operations," added Whalen.

For additional information about this new framework or to arrange a one-on-one briefing with Meredith Whalen, please contact Sarah Murray at 781-378-2674 or Reports are available to qualified members of the media. For information on purchasing reports, contact ; reporters should email

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Regions Covered

United States

Topics Covered

Digital transformation

For more information, contact:

Samantha Ortiz

Sarah Murray