Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 30 | Page 38

NEWS Emerging from the digital shock: IT leaders prepare for the new work order Britons but ove applica Almost three-quarters (72%) of UK IT leaders believe that the rapid shift to home working has accelerated their organisation’s Digital Transformation, according to new research from Citrix. Of these leaders, over half (53%) believe that it has been accelerated by more than a year. The data is from a poll of 511 UK-based IT leaders, forming part of a global research study of 3,700 IT leaders. It has found that businesses have been scrambling to meet the challenge of mass working from home and confronting new security and performance concerns. But with nearly three-quarters of IT decision-makers (72%) believing that employees will not want to return to office working, the pressure is on for businesses to rapidly establish a new model. As lockdowns are eased and the world of work restarts, there is a limited appetite to return to the previous model of officebased working. Over two-thirds of IT decision-makers (72%) agree that it has been surprisingly easy for the majority of the organisation to work from home, and three in four (75%) agree that technology has enabled employees to collaborate just as effectively as they can face-to-face. But the rapid shift has also raised concerns and caused challenges. A total of 74% of IT leaders are worried about information security as a result of employees working from home and nearly half (48%) agree there’s been a spike in employees installing unsanctioned software. Tech solutions have also been causing problems, with almost one in four (19%) IT decision-makers saying that unscheduled virtual personal network (VPN) shutdowns have been a key problem for their department more recently. Since the start of th outbreak, much fo has been put on cont interactions – particu sector. New research global analytics softw conducted just befor hold, shows that onlin already very much pa among UK consumer for financial institutio ensuring that the ent process can be comp According to the rese among 4,500 consum start of 2020, it’s not Generation X (35–44 leading the charge in opening. A total num 35–44 year olds wou account online, follow over 55 (82%). Perha 18–24-year-olds are open a bank account 20 INTELLIGENTCIO