Gartner reveals new strategic (and sustainability) IT trends for 2023

On Monday 17th October, Gartner outlined announced its list of 10 top strategic technology trends that organisations need to explore in 2023, of which, sustainability was identified as business priority.

To enhance their organisation’s financial position during times of economic turbulence, CIOs and IT executives must review their current strategies and ensure they are aligned with the key themes that have stemmed from the pandemic and 2022, striving for operational excellence while continuing to accelerate their digital transformation plans. This follows Gartner’s survey, which revealed that, in order to drive sustainable growth in turbulent and uncertain economic times, CIOs and IT executives should use digital investments that deliver repeatable financial and performance results in an efficient and responsible way.

Charles Cao, head of operations and strategy at Conga, agrees with these new trends and shares his advice on how companies should accelerate their sustainability initiatives:

“Gartner’s report reveals that CEOs’ digital ambitions continue to rise. Interestingly, sustainability is now considered a top business priority. Clearly this is indication that business leaders are feeling the pressure from key stakeholders to do more for their environment, but more importantly, that they are now beginning to see these initiatives as opportunities to drive business efficiency and revenue growth. As Gartner’s report suggested, sustainability is not only a business prerogative, but it also goes hand-in-hand with business success – it can provide leaders with the opportunity to optimise and scale their operations and explore new ways of working and doing business.

“Digital transformation and sustainability are fundamentally linked; they should be treated as one and the same. As executives continue to invest more in innovative solutions, they need to match technology with clear business objectives and sustainability goals. To do this, organisations need to establish a sustainable technology framework, one that outlines key areas of improvement in how they deliver their services, any unnecessary processes, and ensures that they are maximizing their own energy and material efficiency. Ideally, leaders should approach their sustainability programmes by trying to simplify or streamline one critical business process at a time, rather than adopting fully transformational technology without identifying how it benefits the operational cycle.

“Delivering new technology will not be enough, leaders must look beyond cost savings. Looking towards 2023, every investment in technology will need to be set against its impact on the environment, or at least proven to deliver more sustainable business practices, but leaders need to embrace sustainability with an open mind. In order for sustainability or any other transformation programme to work, leaders need to take a step back and review how they operate on a daily basis. They need to consider how they can integrate environmental considerations within their core business logic and identify which digital technologies will help them to achieve these goals. Only then will they begin to identify new areas of engagement and opportunities they provide some stability and strengthen their financial position during times of great economic turbulence.”

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