SAP: growth depends on digital skills investment

By GIFT NDOLWANE
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – BUSINESS leaders who have completed digital transformation projects across their entire organization report significant increases in employee engagement compared to those with more limited initiatives.
This is according a new study by market leader in enterprise application software, SAP, indicating 64 percent of executives with broad-ranging digital initiatives say their employees are more engaged, compared with 20 percent among organizations that have completed transformation projects in single business areas.
The results of the study have been made at the SuccessConnect event taking place in Las Vegas in the United States.
Greg Tomb, president, SAP SuccessFactors, said today’s leading businesses were putting employees at the heart of their digital transformation strategies.
“This research shows successful digitalization depends on people, with the most innovative and forward-looking companies committed to investing in their workforce to ensure they are properly equipped to meet the challenges of tomorrow,” Tomb said.
The results show stark differences between organizations that have completed transformation projects and those that have yet to adopt digital strategies.
Among other findings, 83 percent of digital transformation leaders expect digitalization to change talent management over the next two years. That figure compared with only 37 percent of organizations that have yet to begin digital transformation.
Respondents who completed digital transformation projects across their business have a more crystalized vision of the potential benefit across their HR processes. Some 71 percent said digitalization would make it easier to attract and retain the best talent, compared with 54 percent of other respondents.
About 52 percent of the businesses that have undergone digital transformation projects said they planned over the next two years to
create new roles to reflect technological imperatives, compared with only 32 percent of companies that have yet to undertake digital transformation.
Edward Cone, technology practice lead, Oxford Economics, said digital transformation was about more than investing in the latest technology.
“People matter most – how they work, what they know, which skills they need in a changing workplace. Most companies have only begun to address these human factors, and those that fall behind may never catch up,” Cone said.
 CAJ News

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