COVID-19 forces one of the biggest surges in technology investment in history, finds Harvey Nash/KPMG survey
HONG KONG, Sept. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Companies spent the equivalent of around US$15bn extra a week on technology to enable safe and secure home working during COVID-19, reveals the global 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. This was one of the biggest surges in technology investment in history – with the world's IT leaders spending more than their annual budget rise in just three months, as the global crisis hit, and lockdowns began to be enforced.
The largest technology leadership survey in the world of over 4,200 IT leaders, including over 100 leaders from mainland China and Hong Kong, analysed responses from organizations with a combined technology spend of over US$250bn. Surveyed CIOs in mainland China and Hong Kong together ranked the top three business aims that their management board is looking for IT/technology to address as: Improving operational efficiency, improving agility and speed to market, and developing new products and services.
Adam Stuckert, Partner, CIO Advisory, KPMG China in Hong Kong says: "The majority of CIOs in mainland China and Hong Kong have seen their technology budgets increase in the last year and expect that trend to continue over the next 12 months. They have prioritised analytics and systems of insight, new technology development, IT management and operations, and cloud as key areas for investment. For Hong Kong, security, privacy, and automation also factor into the top areas for investment."
In mainland China, 32% of CIOs surveyed indicate their organisation has been implementing or piloting the usage of augmented/virtual reality; this figure rises to 34% for the usage of blockchain/distributed ledger;
Harry Huang, Partner, CIO Advisory, KPMG China, says: "As all mainland China CIOs survey agreed, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased collaboration between the business and technology teams, and also accelerated digital transformation and adoption of emerging tech such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT and intelligent automation in China. A skills shortage is however preventing their organisation from keeping up with the pace of change. Companies must develop a talent management strategy through good remuneration and career progression opportunities."
Skills shortage is at an all-time high, according to the survey, with 96% of mainland China's CIOs think a skills shortage prevents their organisation from keeping up with the pace of change, much higher than the percentage of global CIOs (62%) or Hong Kong CIOs (52%) who indicate the same. While only about half (52%) of global CIOs expect a IT/technology headcount increase, in mainland China 74% of CIOs expect an increase. Mainland China CIOs indicate that COVID-19 has emphasized a shortage of artificial intelligence for their organisation, whereas Hong Kong CIOs see a shortage of cyber security highlighted by the pandemic.
The survey found that despite this huge surge of spending, and security & privacy being the top investment during COVID-19, 4 in 10 IT leaders report that their company has experienced more cyber attacks. Over three quarters of these attacks were from phishing (83%), and almost two thirds from malware (62%) suggesting that the massive move to home working has increased exposure from employees. Globally, organizations have struggled to find skilled cyber security professionals to support this dramatic shift to homeworking – and report that cyber security (35%) is now the most 'in demand' technology skill in the world. This is the first time a security related skill has topped the list of global technology skills shortages for over a decade.
In terms of the most important factors in attracting technology talent, mainland China and Hong Kong CIOs' views are in line with global CIOs, ranking career progression opportunities, good remuneration and the brand/reputation of the organisation as the top three factors.
Other key findings from the world's largest technology survey include:
Bev White, CEO of Harvey Nash Group said: "This unexpected and unplanned surge in technology investment has also been accompanied by massive changes in how organizations operate – with more organizational change in the last six months than we have seen in the last ten years. Success will largely be about how organizations deal with their culture and engage with their people. In a world where location has dissolved, where the office now includes the kitchen table, and where over 80% of IT leaders are concerned about the mental health of their teams, organizations will need to reformulate their employee offer to attract and retain the talent they need to support them through the pandemic, and beyond."
COVID-19: The business issues the board wants IT to address:
Remote working and the new deal for employees:
Influence of the technology leader:
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About the Survey
About Harvey Nash
Harvey Nash is part of Harvey Nash Group, a global professional services organization with three key areas of focus: Technology recruitment, IT solutions and Leadership services. We partner with clients, helping them unlock the power of individual and team talent. www.harveynashgroup.com
About KPMG International
About KPMG China
KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services. We operate in 147 countries and territories and have more than 219,000 people working in member firms around the world. The independent member firms of the KPMG network are affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative ("KPMG International"), a Swiss entity. Each KPMG firm is a legally distinct and separate entity and describes itself as such. In 1992, KPMG became the first international accounting network to be granted a joint venture licence in mainland China. KPMG was also the first among the Big Four in mainland China to convert from a joint venture to a special general partnership, as of 1 August 2012. Additionally, the Hong Kong firm can trace its origins to 1945. This early commitment to this market, together with an unwavering focus on quality, has been the foundation for accumulated industry experience, and is reflected in KPMG's appointment for multidisciplinary services (including audit, tax and advisory) by some of China's most prestigious companies.
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