The Dell Technologies Forum, with a focus on IT innovation, was held virtually in November.

Kathy Gibson reports


Disruptive times call for IT innovation

It is hard to believe that the at beginning of 2020, few had heard of coronavirus – now every aspect of our lives have been turned upside down.

“There have been heartbreaking stories, but also inspirational stories around the resilience of the global economy and how we have persevered,” says Michael Dell, chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies.

“Technology has never been more central than it is right now. Organisations that are accelerating digital transformation are poised for success.”

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The move to everything as a service

The ability to quickly adapt to changing circumstance, and scale up or down when required, is what differentiates successful businesses in times of crisis.

Aongus Hegary, president: international markets at Dell Technologies, points out that technology is key to helping organisations rebuild and recover from the massive disruptions of 2020.

“So IT needs to be easier to deploy, manage and use,” he says. “At the moment, it is just too complex. IT administrators are using numerous management tools; IT cannot scale to meet customer needs; and new investments require large upfront capital outlays as a time when organisations need to preserve liquidity.”

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How digital leaders have made the transition

The world has changed dramatically in the last six months but, while some businesses have struggled to adapt, others haven’t done as well.

Doug Woolley, MD of Dell Technologies South Africa, explains that companies are bracing for a challenging new chapter in 2021.

And, according to the Dell Technologies Transformation Index, one in three organisations are unlikely to survive the next couple of years, with 60% of those that do survive expecting to shed jobs.

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