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Technology Survey Event Edinburgh - Photos & Blog

On 18th November, in the unique and atmospheric setting of the Dissection Rooms at Summer Hall Edinburgh, over 100 technology professionals - from CTO to software developers - attended the Harvey Nash Technology Survey event to discuss and debate the future of technology, tech careers and much more besides.

Panel members were: 

Jamie Graves CEO, ZoneFox 

Paul Sinclair Lead Open Source Solutions Architect, CGI

Christoph Zwicker Managing Director, Avaloq 

Kate Ho Product Manager, 

View photos from the event here 

5 things we learnt: 

  • Selling Scotland: Whilst Scotland was confident in its own innovation ability, there was a sense that it is less good at selling that message outside the country. London is still seen as the dominant tech hub, and a drain on talent. There are signs that this is changing though, there was interesting talk of Silicon Roundabout coming to Edinburgh for instance. 

  • For your eyes only: There was much discussion in the panel debate about data privacy. One audience member expressed concern about how young people are increasingly exposed to risks over the internet. Should the internet be more locked down? One panel member suggested that locking down requires companies to know even more information about users to know who and what to lock down. 

  • Budgets are up: The Harvey Nash Technology Survey reports that more Tech leaders are expecting budget increases this year than at any point since 2006 and two thirds of CEOs are looking for technology to Make them money rather than Save them money (previously this was much closer to 50/50). Top of the investment agenda are Mobile, Cloud and Big Data. Interestingly, whilst Security was next on the list, it lagged behind the 'big 3' by some way. 

  • In Search of Google: Last year we asked people to indicate which global tech company was the most influential. Google came in at #1, not so much of surprise. But perhaps more surprisingly Samsung came in at #2, with its Gear watch capturing the public's attention. What a difference a year makes. Google, already in a dominant position gains even greater dominance, Samsung - for whom the Gear watch has been something of a damp squib - drops significantly. Apple came in third most influential after Microsoft, however the Survey gathered data before its iPhone 6 / Pay / Watch launch, so next year's reading may be different. Interestingly Apple has $164b in cash. If that were GDP that would make it the 57th biggest country in the world, ahead of Bangladesh, Hungary, and hot on the heals of New Zealand and Kuwait. 

  • Traits of success: If the external perception of technology people is that they are logical, self-reliant and less prone to be extroverted, then the Survey confirms that perception to be true. Almost two thirds (65 per cent) believe they are highly logic driven, while a majority consider themselves self-reliant and open to change. Only one in seven would portray their own personality as socially extroverted, preferring instead for the results of their work to do the talking. And if you want to improve your salary then be adaptable and self-reliant, both these traits were at least 10% stronger in the $100K+ earners. 

Thank you so much to everyone who attended and continue to make Harvey Nash events such a great platform for debate and networking. If you would like to find out more about our technology recruitment, executive search and offshoring services visit us at