UK IT not as innovative as other countries

Thursday 14 April 2016

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Research has suggested that IT professionals in the UK are far more conservative than their counterparts in other parts of Europe when it comes to technology like DevOps and cloud computing.

The research shows that UK IT professionals are less likely to embrace new approaches in IT such as DevOps. The study looked at 9000 decision makers in IT and showed that more progress is being made in France, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The UK was placed on a par with Portugal and Germany and was labelled as ‘resistant to change’.

One of the biggest challenges in Europe is IT security. Around 32% of companies in Europe have included a DevOps approach in their IT strategy. A further 45% want to put this into place. This will facilitate improved apps and more business flexibility.

In 2015, the UK’s IT spend was the equivalent of €174 billion and the stubbornness towards IT change has seen the UK labelled the ‘most challenging IT landscape in Europe’. It is believed that IT bosses prefer just to keep business ticking over in the UK rather than going out on a limb and striving for innovation.

Even though IT departments are now in control of healthier budgets, they are still avoiding adopting new and innovative services such as using public cloud computing services. Only Portugal has a lower uptake of public cloud services.

The UK also has the lowest uptake of DevOps and is less likely to update applications frequently. One of the reasons cited for this is that there is a skills shortage of people fully trained in DevOps tools.

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