A new global report from Wakefield Research and Juniper Networks highlights the ongoing disconnect between IT and the C-suite and also reinforces the benefits of automation investments to increase business agility and stay ahead of the disruption curve.
More than half of the UK respondents (62 per cent of ITDMs and 46 percent of BDMs) expect a new disruptive technology, product or service to be introduced to their industry within the next two years.
Yet looking ahead, there is a clear disconnect between UK business leaders and IT about how far there is a 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.
‘Network innovation is an area that UK companies are investing in to help them prepare their business for future growth, but there are differing views over how far there is an IT skills gap and whether this also needs investment,’ said Colin Evans, director of Centre of Excellence, EMEA at Juniper Networks.