More than half of UK companies are ill-prepared for disruptive technology  


More than half of IT and business decision makers in the UK expect a new disruptive technology, product or service to be introduced to their industry within the next two years. Worryingly, the new survey of 2,700 decision makers by Juniper Networks, reveals that 62 per cent of IT decision makers and 46 per cent of business decision makers believe that their organisation is not fully prepared for the inevitable impact of digital disruption.

The report also reveals a clear disconnect between UK business leaders and IT about the growing IT skills gap. Almost a quarter of UK business leaders (24 per cent) believe that their IT workforces currently do not have the skills they will need for their role in the next five years, whereas IT decision makers are less worried, with only 13 per cent seeing this trend.

It’s clear where the blame lies, with nearly nine in 10 of survey respondents (86 per cent of IT decision makers and 77 per cent of business decision makers) stating that their organisation would perform better if their current C-level executives were more ‘tech-savvy’.

“True innovation requires an understanding of the value that technology delivers. UK business leaders don’t need to code software, but leading a company strategy for growth requires a strong relationship between those who set the strategy and the IT teams who execute,” said Colin Evans, director of Centre of Excellence, EMEA at Juniper Networks.

A lack of investment in IT creates a barrier to innovation, preventing UK business from keeping up with the pace of change and staying competitive, says the report. Nearly half of the respondents expect it would take one or more years for their company to develop and support an improved product or service if challenged by a competitor or disruptive technology.

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Gary Eastwood

Gary Eastwood has over 15 years of experience as a technology and business journalist and editor. He has held editorship positions on customer magazines for Microsoft, CSC, and EDF, as well as on B2B magazine Mobile Enterprise. He is the former Deputy Editor of Computer Business Review. In a freelance role, Gary has contributed numerous features and articles to a broad range of publications, including New Scientist, Computer Weekly, MIS, Marketing Week, Corporate Financier, Real Business, Wireless Business Review, and driven marketing communications projects for clients, such as Intel, the Confederation of British Industry, IBM, Logicalis, the Department of Trade & Innovation, and many others. Gary has written many white papers on a range of ITC subjects for Datamonitor. He is also an editorial photographer and business videographer, and has authored and ghost-written four books on photography. He is the Co-Director of EastwoodMiddleton Publishing, which provides contract/customer magazines for a growing list of clients, and publishes the B2B magazine for business leaders, Strategist.