IT leaders hit by 'Brexit paralysis', says Avanade

Industry has failed to make plans for UK's EU exit according to survey


Digital transformation efforts are being harmed by 'Brexit paralysis', as senior IT leaders fail to make plans for the UK's EU exit, Avanade has warned.

According to the company's poll of 100 senior IT decision makers, almost half of them have no plans for adjusting their IT strategy in response to Brexit. This is in spite of the fact that nearly 70% report that they are very concerned about Brexit's potential impact.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Topping the list of concerns for IT leaders is the plummeting value of the pound, which over three-quarters of respondents fear will force them to cut costs and streamline. Two-thirds are also worried about a lack of skilled staff as stricter immigration laws come into force.

Another key concern is data protection and sovereignty. Cloud is already one of the top three priorities for more than half of IT decision makers, but the looming spectre of GDPR adds an extra layer of urgency to the issue. A report by Blue Coat last year revealed that just 2% of cloud apps are GDPR-ready, which could spell huge fines for businesses.

"Nothing kills a business faster than inertia," said Avanade's UK general manager, Darren Hardman. "Brexit has put the spotlight on certain specific issues, but the fundamental requirement for digital transformation remains the same."

Advertisement - Article continues below

"The clock is ticking, and the 41% of IT decision makers who are slowing down their IT investments should be looking nervously at the 56% of their peers who say they are accelerating," he added. 

The looming spectre of Brexit doesn't necessarily spell doom for the IT industry though, as more than 65% of surveyed IT leaders said that they believed they could gain a competitive advantage if they navigated Brexit correctly.

Featured Resources

Preparing for long-term remote working after COVID-19

Learn how to safely and securely enable your remote workforce

Download now

Cloud vs on-premise storage: What’s right for you?

Key considerations driving document storage decisions for businesses

Download now

Staying ahead of the game in the world of data

Create successful marketing campaigns by understanding your customers better

Download now

Transforming productivity

Solutions that facilitate work at full speed

Download now


Business strategy

Non voyage: Coronavirus, Brexit and the future of business travel

1 Jul 2020
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

UK data laws after Brexit: Your questions answered

30 Jun 2020
social media

Social media and the death of truth

29 May 2020
data protection

Google to shift UK user data to the US post-Brexit

20 Feb 2020

Most Popular

Business operations

Nvidia overtakes Intel as most valuable US chipmaker

9 Jul 2020

How to find RAM speed, size and type

24 Jun 2020
Google Android

Over two dozen Android apps found stealing user data

7 Jul 2020