Beyond the Cloud:

UK Technology Research 2018

14x

industries analysed

38%

of participants Director level

1,000s

of organisations surveyed

Key Facts

Emerging Technology Boom

38% of organisations are actively using or are due to implement emerging technologies, including AI, Blockchain, Edge, IoT and RPA.

Don’t believe everything you read

Blockchain was the least popular form of emerging technology. No businesses were actively using the technology and only 5% were planning Blockchain development.

A recruitment crisis

29% of organisations were not confident that their organisation would have the skill set to fully capitalise on these technologies.

Deal or No Deal

80% of companies had not developed a contingency plan which covers the various outcomes of Brexit negotiations.

IT innovations are being driven by reduced costs

Over half of the organisations marked reduce d cost as the business objective of deploying innovative technologies.

Watch your backs

Cyber-security has moved a long way from Firewalls, anti-virus and anti-spam. Cyber-security events were the biggest external factor currently facing UK business.  

Demographics

Industry

Agriculture: 1%
0%
Construction: 8%
0%
Education: 8%
0%
Finance: 5%
0%
Government & Defence: 7%
0%
Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals: 4%
0%
Insurance: 6%
0%
Marketing & Advertising: 9%
0%
Professional Services: 8%
0%
Scientific Research: 2%
0%
Technology: 23%
0%
Third Sector: 5%
0%
Transport: 8%
0%
Utilities: 6%
0%

Seniority

Director: 38%
0%
Manager/Head: 43%
0%
Engineer: 19%
0%

Location

Midlands: 25%
0%
London: 32%
0%
South East: 21%
0%
South West: 4%
0%
North West: 8%
0%
North East: 2%
0%
Scotland: 4%
0%
Northern Ireland: 4%
0%

Gender

Male: 92%
0%
Female: 8%
0%

Methodology

In order to obtain the data necessary for the completion of this research, a combination of in-depth interviews and a questionnaire was used, giving both scope and depth to the research. Respondents to the survey were located across the UK, making this a nationwide survey of UK businesses.

The questionnaire, comprised of an online questionnaire, and was completed over a four-week period in July 2018. In addition to the survey, in-depth interviews were conducted in order gain a more detailed understanding of the reasoning behind responses. The interviewees were also from a range of different industries giving an insight into the challenges specific to certain companies and industries.