Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 49 - Page 9

NEWS

Accenture to create 3,000 new technology jobs in the UK economy is rebounding swiftly following the pandemic and we are seeing strong demand from clients seeking to capitalise on this growth opportunity .

“ We are committed to growing our footprint across the UK which is why I am particularly excited about our plans across Scotland and northern England where we see some of the best technology talent in the country .”

Accenture has announced plans to boost its UK workforce by 3,000 new roles over the next three years .

Half of the roles will be based outside of London , expanding Accenture ’ s presence in Newcastle , Manchester , Leeds , Edinburgh and Glasgow and adding to its existing UK workforce of approximately 11,000 people . The new roles are being driven by increased client demand for services in platforms , cloud engineering , cybersecurity , data and intelligent operations .
Simon Eaves , Market Unit Lead , Accenture in the UK and Ireland , said : “ The UK
Shaheen Sayed , Technology Lead for Accenture in the UK and Ireland , said : “ This announcement underlines Accenture ’ s important place in the UK ’ s technology ecosystem and our commitment to the country ’ s skills agenda . The pandemic showed how technology underpins so much of the powerful transformation that our clients are undertaking . I ’ m hugely excited to welcome future generations of talent to our team during a fantastic time to work in technology as it redefines how we live and work .”

75 % of surveyed CIOs struggle to unlock data insights within their organisation

While the large majority ( 98 %) of CIOs report that the pandemic accelerated their organisations ’ Digital Transformation plans , many ( 75 %) are unable to unlock their data to drive a successful Digital Transformation . These findings come from the 2021 Global CIO Survey commissioned by Logicalis , a global provider of Digital Transformation and cloud managed services .

The survey , covering 1,000 CIOs from around the world , finds that although organisations are pushing to accelerate their Digital Transformation plans , three-quarters ( 75 %) of respondents admit their organisation is struggling to unlock data to drive a successful Digital Transformation strategy .
Building on this , the survey results reveal that less than half of respondents ( 48 %) use data to increase speed and agility in their operations and only a quarter of respondents use data to drive overall business strategy . The most popular area for Digital Transformation was IT , with 81 % of organisations reporting accelerated activities in this department , demonstrating the importance of IT in building infrastructure that can support more agile , innovative operations across businesses .
The next most popular areas for Digital Transformation activities were operations and customer service , all of which benefit from data-led business strategy .
Data provides a tremendous opportunity for businesses , but legacy systems and processes have created information silos which organisations need to unlock to enable insights and innovation .
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