Independent Survey of More Than 1,000 CXO Respondents Across UK, Ireland, Nordics and the GCC Show Continued Plan for Digital Transformation Investments in 2023
Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, and a Salesforce partner, today announced the findings of the Censuswide Buyers Sentiment Survey, “IT Leaders: The Future Outlook Report 2023,” examining CIOs’ and CTOs’ IT strategies, initiatives, challenges and focus. The Rimini Street-sponsored research polled more than 1,000 respondents across more than seven industries in the UK, Ireland, the Nordics and the Gulf states, and found IT leaders continuing to prioritize digital transformation and interoperability of technologies to achieve strategic, financial and operational business objectives in 2023. The report further showed that respondents had to balance their digital innovation investments against a variety of current challenges affecting their organization such as talent shortages, supply chain disruptions, macroeconomic cost inflation and geo-political realities, including complex global sanctions and de-globalization.
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Rimini Street announced the findings of the Censuswide Buyers Sentiment Survey, “IT Leaders: The Future Outlook Report 2023,” examining CIOs’ and CTOs’ IT strategies, initiatives, challenges and focus. (Photo: Business Wire)
Key Survey Respondent Findings
- 62% say digital transformation is a high priority in 2023, but among this group, 77% are only in the planning stage of projects and 56% currently do not have a digital transformation project;
- 76% of respondents have heard of composable ERP, and 84% of this group are expected to make investments in composable ERP in 2023;
- 47% feel the increased cost of living has led to the inability to meet salary expectations for new and existing staff;
- 67% want to reduce legacy enterprise application support costs by switching to third-party support.
Digital Transformation for Composable ERP
A majority of IT leaders agree that a digital transformation project is in their near-term roadmap, however, there are mixed sentiments due to scarcity of budget, IT skills and labor. There is also a weighing of possible security and implementation risks associated with embarking on such projects, as noted by 43% of respondents. The number one driver towards making such investments in 2023 is to pivot towards becoming a much more flexible, scalable and agile organization, with a strong movement towards migration to the cloud to allow for composability and compatibility of their existing IT technology stack and enterprise application with new software applications that fit their unique business needs.
Respondents strongly believe the adoption of composable ERP strategies should be considered a change management program requiring employee buy-in (47%), and that IT leaders should plan for additional talent and financial resources to support the new ecosystem of technologies (43%).
CXOs Take Action Against Low-Value Vendor Support
While increases in IT budget for the new year remain conservative, 44% of IT leaders feel additional pressure by their board of directors to show increased return on investments for their technology spend. With a significant portion of IT budget allocated towards enterprise application software, CIOs and CTOs are reviewing the total cost of ownership associated with their purchase and maintenance of enterprise applications, especially the increased cost of hiring internal resources and additional contractors to close the gap when vendors fail to provide quality support.
Other respondent-noted pain points include:
- Being locked into an existing enterprise software contract (20%);
- Requirement of unnecessary upgrades to resolve issues (51%);
- Having to reproduce the issue to prove the root cause to the vendor before receiving support (40%).
A majority of IT leaders (67%) seek to reduce the total cost of ownership for existing, matured enterprise software by switching to third-party support programs, with almost half of participants (48%) looking to outsource support and maintenance services to free up their IT teams to work on more strategic, innovation-focused projects.
Talent and Skills Shortage Paves Way for Innovative Hiring, Retention and Reskilling Strategies
Across the globe, organizations are finding continued challenge in filling the talent and skills shortage while preventing the loss of key staff due to burnout (42%). The increased workload for those remaining signals loss of productivity as they become much more reactionary, “fighting fires” instead of working on projects to optimize and evolve their IT roadmap (46%). Surveyed respondents are embracing the new talent acquisition and retention environment by becoming more flexible in their hiring models, including the hiring of talent with less experience and fewer skills, but with a willingness to learn (60%). Other actions taken to fill the talent gap include cross-training of existing staff (39%), offering unique perks and benefits such as a 4-day workweek, and engaging third-party services to provide ongoing or project-based support, application management or outsourcing services (47%).
Access the full, comprehensive report of the survey, “IT Leaders: The Future Outlook Report 2023," here.
About Rimini Street, Inc.
Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a Russell 2000® Company, is a global provider of enterprise software products and services, the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products and a Salesforce partner. The Company offers premium, ultra-responsive and integrated application management and support services that enable enterprise software licensees to save significant costs, free up resources for innovation and achieve better business outcomes. To date, over 4,900 Fortune 500, Fortune Global 100, midmarket, public sector, and other organizations from a broad range of industries have relied on Rimini Street as their trusted application enterprise software products and services provider. To learn more, please visit http://www.riministreet.com, and connect with Rimini Street on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. (IR-RMNI)
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