75pc of Irish digital leaders expect long-term changes to where and how people work, a new report from Equinix reveals.

Close to two-thirds (62pc) of businesses in Ireland have rearchitected their IT infrastructure to meet new remote and hybrid working demands, with tech budgets increasing to accelerate digital transformation.

According to the latest annual global study of IT decision-makers by data centre giant Equinix, 75pc of digital leaders in Ireland believe there will be long-term changes to where and how people work within their organisation.

“IT leaders in Ireland have been preparing for a digital, interconnected future since well before the pandemic”

As well as this, 49pc of companies in Ireland still intend to expand into new regions, countries or metros, despite the disruption experienced as a result of Covid-19.

“Our research shows that IT leaders in Ireland have been preparing for a digital, interconnected future since well before the pandemic,” said Maurice Mortell, managing director for Ireland and Emerging Markets at Equinix.

“This preparation is now being put to use as we embrace digital transformation at a pace that is multiple times faster than expected.”

Overhaul of IT strategies and budgets

Man in blue suit standing in the middle of servers.

Maurice Mortell, managing director for Ireland, Equinix

Digitisation and business investment in digital infrastructure have increased as a result of Covid-19. 54pc of the digital leaders surveyed in Ireland said they have accelerated digital transformation plans because of the pandemic, while 44pc said their budgets have been increased to satisfy the rapid growth in digital demands.

There has also been a major overhaul of IT strategies in Ireland to meet the challenges emerging from the pandemic. Almost two-thirds, (62pc) said they have revised their IT strategy as a result of Covid-19, while 51pc said they want to invest in technology to be more agile post-Covid.

Asked about their biggest priorities for their organisation’s digital strategy, 84pc of respondents in Ireland reported improving their organisations’ cyber security was a top priority, with 45pc saying they see interconnection as a key facilitator of digital transformation.

“It is very clear to business leaders that interconnection through multi-cloud adoption is key to transformation,” said Mortell.

“Every day, we see new solutions being designed and offered to customers, which is not only accelerating the rate of transformation but also building confidence in the future of new and intelligent technologies. The enterprises that can successfully pivot to digital now are the ones that will have a competitive edge post-Covid.”

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 17 May 2021