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industry news Leadership deficiencies and skills shortages identified as top barriers to digital transformation, finds new CIF research The latest research from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) has revealed that Digital Transformation is climbing up UK businesses’ agendas as fears of digital disruption mount. However, the industry body has warned that organisations will need to focus on upskilling the workforce if their digital transformation efforts are to be a success. Conducted in February 2017, the research polled 250 IT and business decision makers in large enterprises, small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) and public sector organisations and found that a significant proportion of UK organisations are keenly aware of the threat of disruption. Two in five (40 per cent) of respondents expect their organisation’s sector to be significantly or moderately disrupted within the next two years, and a similar proportion (37 per cent) expect the same for their organisation’s business model. Against this backdrop, it should come as little surprise that many organisations have transformation in their sights. The results revealed that 44 per cent of organisations have already implemented, or are in the process of implementing, a digital transformation strategy, and a further 32 per cent expect to have done so within the next two years. However, 94 per cent reported facing barriers to their organisation’s digital transformation. Over half (55 per cent) stated that their organisation did not have the skills needed to adapt to digital transformation, 48 per cent cited privacy and security concerns, while 47 per cent were worried about legacy IT systems. Worryingly, just 17 per cent were completely confident that their senior leadership team would be able to deliver digital transformation. The research is available as a white paper (20) and can be downloaded from: https://www.cloudindustryforum.org/content /cloud-driving-business- transformation IT INFRASTRUCTURE Cloudscene launches data centre leaderboard revealing rankings for Q1 2017 Cloudscene has launched a quarterly leaderboard that ranks the top 10 data centre operators in North America, EMEA, Oceania and Asia. The new leaderboard rankings have been introduced due to increasing demand for more transparency and independent data comparing major colocation service providers worldwide. Serial tech entrepreneur and Cloudscene’s founder Bevan Slattery said, ‘We live in a fast paced world where there is an expectation that information will be at your fingertips 24/7 and, until Cloudscene, this wasn’t the case when it came to finding a colocation data centre. Now, we’re responding to market demands for neutral and independent data that helps with weighing up data centre operators across important colocation regions. ’The top data centre operators are selected from a pool of more than 4,900 service providers listed on Cloudscene. A combined score using density (number of facilities) and connectivity (number of PoPs) is used to determine the ranking. The results for Q1 2017 can be found here. SOFTWARE & SERVICES www.rittal.co.uk