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Progress Survey Finds Businesses Have Under Two Years to Make Digital Inroads Before Suffering Financial, Competitive Losses

Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) today announced the results of its recent global survey, “Are Businesses Really Digitally Transforming or Living in Digital Denial?” The survey, conducted in Q1 2016 by Loudhouse, the specialist research division of Octopus Group, aimed to better understand how business leaders view digital transformation and learn their plans to address its challenges.

Singapore and other markets around the world recognize the inherent benefits of “going digital,” the majority of respondents are hitting roadblocks—lack of internal alignment, lack of adequate skills and plenty of cultural resistance. Coupled with technology constraints and an overall inability to execute, the result is a growing state of anxiety about embarking on digital transformation, with some fearing it may already be too late.

Key findings from Singapore revealed:

  • All of the organizations view digital transformation as important or critical. 49% of respondents in Singapore and 62% globally say their organization is in denial about the need to transform digitally.
  • 92% say they have two years to make inroads before suffering financial or competitive consequences (49% say a year or less); 43% are worried they may already be too late.
  • 69% say the main driver for digital transformation is optimizing customer experiences and engagement; 71% say customer engagement is a #1 priority for the next 12 months and 57% plan to invest in building applications in the next year.
  • 69% feel IT is more likely to be the final decision maker/budget holder for digital initiatives; 75% say better alignment of IT and marketing is needed to deliver on digital transformation efforts.
  • 88% of respondents in Singapore say lack of digital skills is a barrier to providing improved customer experience through digital transformation; more than half cite lack of leadership and cultural resistance as key barriers. Other top challenges listed by global respondents included high reliance on IT and lack of a centralized digital strategy.

“Digital disruption is now part of our daily existence as it has changed how we live, communicate and work. Yet, many organizations in Singapore continue to deny that digital technologies have already radically transformed the business landscape and struggle to embark on the transformation journey, consequently risking their survival,” said Benjamin Wong, Managing Director, Asia, Progress. “This survey brings to light the reality of today’s digital transformation challenges. By providing business leaders with tangible data points, we hope they will better understand the key aspects to focus on in order to succeed in the changing business landscape.”

Survey respondents included a mix of more than 700 global C-Level/VP decision makers; heads of marketing, digital and IT; as well as developers, IT architects, directors, engineers and line of business managers. These individuals represent organizations ranging from SMBs through large global enterprises. For more information and to read the full survey findings, click here.


Progress (NASDAQ: PRGS) is a global leader in application development, empowering the digital transformation organizations need to create and sustain engaging user experiences in today’s evolving marketplace. With offerings spanning web, mobile and data for on-premise and cloud environments, Progress powers startups and industry titans worldwide, promoting success one customer at a time. Learn about Progress at www.progress.com or 1-781-280-4000.

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