The Harvey Nash Tech Survey 2019
Ask any trapeze artist and they will tell you how important balance is in their job; take a step wrong and they will be tumbling.
But in other fields of work ‘getting the balance right’ isn’t always a priority. Quite the opposite in fact. For instance, how important is balance when you are launching a new product that you hope to dominate the world with? Long hours might be important. Taking risks too. An outspoken and authoritative founder possibly. But balance?
However as the world, and technology, move on to become more diverse, more interactive and more changeable, we are beginning to see just how important getting the right mix is. Whether it’s in the make-up of the tech team, or the mix of technology itself, those organisations that are able to stitch together the right balance of people, technology and skills are proving much more resilient, more innovative and more responsive to change.
Welcome to this year’s Harvey Nash Technology Survey. In it we look at everything from skills, to future technology to careers, shining a light on the topics that really matter to tech professionals. And amongst all these charts, diagrams and data lies a question: where does the balance lie for you?
Some of the main take away facts from the Survey
Technology leaders take note – less than one in five of your team feel you are ‘very effective’ at creating a vision and strategy for your organisation, and a worrying one in three feel you are ‘ineffective’.
Four in ten organisations are now using AI in a commercial way (i.e. moved beyond an experiment). This is occurring across all sectors. Has AI’s time now come?
Four in ten do not trust third parties with their personal data. Despite this distrust, half don’t modify their behaviour or change their privacy settings to any great degree to minimise data issues
Regardless of seniority, the roles that are most likely to be positive about leadership are customer oriented, digital roles. It hints at an emerging ‘dividing line’ in the tech team between those outward-looking roles driving innovation and customer engagement, and the inward-looking roles focused on operations..
The sector remains hugely skewed towards men. A sizeable minority of respondents (20%+) do not feel it matters, and do not feel greater gender balance would improve the effectiveness of tech..
Only one in 100 good innovative ideas make it to commercial success, and four in ten organisations have ‘zombie’ innovation projects – poorly performing initiatives that haven’t been stopped and are sucking in time and effort away from the ones that could work.
When asked to pick the single most important factor in their career, technologists overwhelmingly selected ‘purpose’ over ‘money’ or ‘status’. This is irrespective of job role or salary.
Read detailed analysis and enter our data sandpit
A Delicate Balance
We have created a data sandpit for you to take a real in-depth look at the raw data
If you would like to go even further you can download a .csv spreadsheet of all the anonymised data
From America to Zimbabwe, key comments from participantsRead the 2019 Report
From New York to New Delhi, key comments from participants
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