The UK’s technology industry is calling for Government support to bail out start-ups which it fears could collapse in the coming months due to the disruption to economic activity caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Senior executives might have woken up to the power of data-driven methods but the majority are encountering resistance, not from the board but from the workforce, who are concerned about its impact on their futures.
DataIQ has named Anita Fernqvist, chief data officer and operations director at Zurich Insurance UK, as the most influential data leader in its 2020 DataIQ 100, the annual power list which recognises the top professionals in data and analytics.
The coronavirus pandemic is fuelling uncertainty for many business but the rise of working from home is leading to huge growth for firms operating virtual private networks (VPN), with the UK experiencing a 48.1% growth in the use of business VPNs over the past fortnight alone.
Men are not only dominating the tech industry they are actively having a negative impact on their female colleagues, with nearly half (49%) of women experiencing some form of discrimination in the tech workplace, while 20% have resigned from a role in the past because of discrimination or harassment.
Businesses’ quest to adopt a data-driven culture is being hampered by a failure to extract the data insights decision makers need to turn their dreams into reality and, more worryingly, senior management’s misunderstanding of data strategy.
Nearly two-thirds (65%) of IT security decision-makers have admitted their business is complacent about the protection of its customers’ data, despite most acknowledging that a data breach would have a serious impact on both revenue and customer trust.
The Government is being urged to ramp up the adoption of technology in schools, for both teachers and pupils alike, on the back of a new study which shows nearly half of all schools have low levels of digital proficiency and are not tapping into the benefits tech can bring to the learning process.