Is Britain's Technology Landscape Advancing Too Quickly?

Author:Musselwhite, Martin

A report published by Tech Nation in 2018 identified Britain as one of the world's leading investors in digital technology--trumped only by China and the United States. However, as the nation's digital landscape continues to advance at a rapid pace, it is highly challenging for the workforce responsible for deploying this technology to keep up. Martin Musselwhite, Business Area Lead for Microsoft Partners at Curo Talent, explains what the IT sector can do to keep up.

Britain's digital revolution is skyrocketing ahead. While these advancements sound positive, the results of a Curo Talent survey suggest that this rapid progression could cause challenges. Surveying a pool of Microsoft Partners, 33 per cent of respondents stated that the country's rapidly changing technology landscape will be their greatest challenge in 2019.

Encompassing some of the leading technology firms in Britain, the opinion of Microsoft's community of partners presents an informed snapshot of the state of the industry. Concerns about fast-paced technological advancements were only exceeded by the uncertainty of Brexit. 36 per cent of respondents named Britain's exit from the EU as the biggest challenge for 2019.

As a close second to Brexit, a notoriously precarious subject for the IT sector, the changing technology landscape is clearly a prominent concern for tech companies. In fact, apprehension about Britain's pace of technological change is proving to be a consistent worry for the sector, being noted as the greatest challenge for 26 per cent of Microsoft partners, in a similar poll from 2016.

Britain's uptake of new technology isn't slowing down. Considering the nation's speed of advancement, it is simply not feasible for IT workers to familiarise themselves with every new development in tech. Ultimately, in a sector so complex and diverse, becoming a jack of all trades isn't an option for IT workers. However, some Microsoft Partners are bypassing this predicament by becoming drivers of their own technology, rather than passengers.

For instance, several Microsoft Partners are developing their own intellectual property (IP) to stay ahead of the curve. Using Microsoft tools as the foundation, building customised IP enables the commercialisation of solutions that partners may already be using. What's more, according to figures published by...

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