Businesses are expected to do some heavy investing in the UK IT sector, if a survey conducted by Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC) and Capita IT Enterprise Services is to be believed.
IT contractors are facing a huge demand nowadays as businesses are striving to keep up with the changing times and technologies. After questioning CIOs and IT Directors from 200 companies with 500 or more employees, the survey found in the last year that 45% of businesses haven’t refreshed their end user estate, while 30% haven’t refreshed it in the last two to five years.
On the heels of this finding, the UK IT sector is expected to walk into a “new era of end user computing investments to support digital transformation.” This is why IT contractor jobs have witnessed a sudden but steady climb.
“Increased investment in end user computing will have a knock on impact for the rest of industry. Businesses will be looking to the sector to help them modernise their IT and empower their employees to thrive in this digital era,” said Capita IT Enterprise Services Chief Technology Officer Paul Birkin.
Unfortunately, there are certain apprehensions that need to be addressed before companies take this giant step. Many were unsure whether their IT infrastructure would be able to support a diverse desktop landscape. A similar number of businesses were also afraid that there wouldn’t be enough support for the increasing workforce mobility. Even though 98% of businesses are using Microsoft’s facilities, more than half hadn’t given thought to switch to Windows 10.
PAC Principal Analyst Nick Mayes said that computer executives have to overcome massive challenges to find balance between operational efficiency and supporting disjointed and complicated technology landscapes. Mayes also felt that Windows 10 offered an opportunity to streamline and align desktop and mobile estates, but the study reveals that businesses in the UK are adopting the OS at different speeds.