Devon Life - Business & Professional Life - The First South West Business IT Survey Findings
PUBLISHED: 16:46 18 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:16 20 February 2013
The South West Business IT Survey 2011 was commissioned as a joint initiative by Stem Group, a leading IT company in the South West, and Plymouth University.
The South West Business IT Survey 2011 was commissioned as a joint initiative by Stem Group, a leading IT company in the South West, and Plymouth University. The survey is aimed at assessing the health and trends of the business IT landscape in the South West of the UK year on year.
This, the inaugural survey was conducted in November 2011 and it has shown that IT in the South West is, in general, going in the right direction. Companies and organisations are looking into all sorts of new technologies like virtualisation and The Cloud. The results showed that businesses expect more people to be working from home in the coming years with remote working. It is apparent IT budgets are tight and are likely to remain so for 2012, a fact supported by the overall economic climate in the UK.
A really interesting finding from the survey was that the majority of companies in the South West experience many system failures and data corruptions, businesses are looking to business continuity to prevent or recover from such events.
Respondents were typically IT professionals, IT Managers and Directors, from a wide variety of industry sectors across the South West including many of the top 150 companies in the area. Over 100 businesses responded to the survey in 2011.
It is an exciting time for IT in the South West; new technologies are making local businesses work better and more efficiently. This annual survey, with the help of Plymouth University, will allow us to map IT in the region, something that hasnt been done before. Stephen Tyrrell states, Managing Director of Stem Group.
The survey data suggests that in the South West IT is expected to grow in importance. Moreover, successful organisations are not standing still, they are being innovative in the way they use IT to address their communication problems. IT specialists cannot ignore wider societal and economic concerns, and one trend we expect to see evolve and grow in importance over the next twelve months is the use of IT to help address wider concerns about the environment and sustainability. Dr. Nigel Jackson, Reader in Persuasion and Communication at Plymouth Business School comments.
You can find more key findings and the full report here: http://www.stemgroup.co.uk/south-west-business-it-survey