Technology Survey Event London – Photos & Blog

October 26, 2014

On 21st November, in the unique setting of Shoreditch Studios London, 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:

Panel members were: 

Georg Ell, Director UK & Ireland – Tesla Motors 

Kevin Gallagher, CIO – Channel 4 

Spencer Chandler, Head of Technology -Tesco 

View photos from the event here:

5 things we learnt: 

1. Innovation is more than a word: The panel discussed innovation at some length. None of the companies they represented were small, so much of the discussion was focused on how to create that ‘anything is possible’ culture of start-up in established organisations. Innovation must be seen more like a ‘movement’ than a ‘project’.

2. We are all hackers now?: One audience member asked if the panel would employ a hacker. The collective response of the panel was ‘it depends’. The context of their previous hacking activity and the personal values that are evident in that person were key. It’s interesting that no one said a straight ‘no’ – highlighting how important it is for companies to be one step ahead of the game in terms of protecting themselves from attack.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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