31 June 2023

Investment in Employee Experience, Cloud and AI Drives Improved Customer Experience, New NTT Report Shows

  • 93% of organizations, based in the MEA region agree, better EX will directly affect their net profit; 94% say the same about CX.
  • 54% of MEA CEOs strongly agree that aligning CX and EX strategies maximizes their impact on business growth.
  • 93% of MEA organizations see cloud enablement as vital in enabling EX and CX outcomes.
  • And globally; top-performing organizations are twice as likely as underperformers to already be using AI-powered CX tools.

Johannesburg, – July 31 2023NTT Ltd., a leading IT infrastructure and services company and parent company of Dimension Data, has today launched its 2023 Global Customer Experience Report, which reveals that customer experience (CX) remains a top C-suite priority, with 91% of organizations now having a named C-suite executive responsible for this business area. At the same time, employee experience (EX) has risen in importance to become a top-3 priority for CEOs.

The report found that the majority of organisations agree that improvements in CX (94%) and EX (93%) will directly affect their net profit. However, there is room for improvement, as almost 75% of organizations agree that CX and EX are currently a weak link for them, leading to a negative impact on their business.

The data reveals that top-performing organizations are almost twice as likely as others to be in an advanced state of digitalization. Cloud-based technologies and AI, automation and machine learning feature prominently in these top performers' CX and EX strategies.

Other key findings from the report include:

  • Globally cloud technology tops the list of solutions that will reshape future CX capabilities, ranked ahead of AI (in second place) and predictive analytics.
  • Top performers are already prioritizing AI, whereas it remains part of a three-year plan for most other organizations.
  • Only 60% of organizations say their CX strategy is fully aligned with their business strategy, and 44% report full alignment for their EX-strategy (compared with 74% and 58% of top performers, respectively).
  • In MEA, over two-thirds (71%) of CX interactions will still require some form of human support in the near future, reemphasizing the importance of EX in enabling employees with the right tools and knowledge no matter where they work.
  • 98% of MEA organizations agree – 44% strongly – that evolving work and employee engagement models are driving new technology demands.
  • Top performers are nearly three times more likely than underperformers to fully involve their cybersecurity teams in CX and EX technology decisions.

"Over the last few years, we have witnessed an increasing link between CX and EX, and the need for them to be addressed through technology. Our data shows that companies that invest in technologies to improve CX and EX are significantly more likely to stay ahead of the curve, not just in financials but also in customer and employee satisfaction," said Amit Dhingra, Executive Vice President, Managed Network and Collaboration Services at NTT Ltd.

To read the full report, please visit: https://www.dimensiondata.com/en-us/campaigns/2023-global-customer-experience-report

-ENDS-

About Dimension Data

Dimension Data is a leading IT infrastructure and services company, operating across Middle East and Africa. Dimension Data is 100% owned by the NTT group, a global technology and business solutions provider. Together NTT and Dimension Data  believe in contributing to society through our business operations by applying technology for good.

At Dimension Data we deliver a secure and connected future that empowers our people, clients and communities. We lay the foundation for organizations' edge-to-cloud networking ecosystem, simplify the complexity of their workloads across multicloud environments, and innovate at the edge of their IT environments, where networks, cloud and applications converge. We offer tailored infrastructure and ensure consistent best practices in design and operations across all of our secure, scalable and customizable data centers. On the journey towards a software-defined future, we support organizations with platform-delivered infrastructure services.

Established in South Africa, Dimension Data employs over 8000 employees across 15 countries. Our services and solutions serve clients across all industries including some of the biggest brands listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Nairobi Securities Exchange, and the Dubai Financial Market.

For more information please visit our website.

Media Enquiries:
Razor PR for Dimension Data
Nolusindiso Phenya
nolusindiso.phenya@razorpr.co.za

About NTT Ltd.

As part of NTT DATA, a USD 30 billion IT services provider, NTT Ltd. is a leading IT infrastructure and services company serving 65% of the Fortune Global 500 and more than 75% of the Fortune Global 100. We lay the foundation for organizations' edge-to-cloud networking ecosystem, simplify the complexity of their workloads across multicloud environments, and innovate at the edge of their IT environments where networks, cloud and applications converge. We offer tailored infrastructure and ensure consistent best practices in design and operations across all of our secure, scalable and customizable data centers. On the journey towards a software-defined future, we support organizations with our platform-delivered infrastructure services. We enable a connected future. Visit us at services.global.ntt