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Harvey Nash Technology Survey

Technology has always been about change.

But there is something about right now – as we progress through the 21st century – that suggests this change is happening at an even greater pace than ever.

Like with all change, not everything moves in the same direction; some things grow, some things recede, and some things morph into something else altogether.

In this year’s Harvey Nash Technology Survey 2017 we chart this changing tech environment, and how a unique combination of growth in cloud, AI and big data is beginning to affect everything, from the tech landscape to tech careers themselves.


  • 45% of technology professionals believe a significant part of their job will be automated within ten years, rendering their current skills redundant.
  • 94% believe their career would be severely limited if they didn’t teach themselves new technical skills.
  • 57% of organisations are implementing Big Data at least to some extent, with 21% say they are using it in a ‘strategic way’.  Only three in ten organisations with a Big Data strategy are reporting success to date.
  • 73% believe immigration is critical to their country’s competitiveness. 
  • 33% of respondents to the Technology Survey were born outside the country they are currently working.
  • Four in ten have little or no trust in how cloud companies are using their personal data.
  • Software Engineers and Developers get headhunted the most, followed closely by Analytics / Big Data roles.

Key highlights include:

Game on?

Technology: Artificial intelligence seen as biggest growth area – 24% of respondents see it as important now, jumping to 89% in 5 years’ time. Augmented / Virtual Reality and Robotics, as well as Internet of Things, Cloud and Big Data also highly influential.

Careers: Continually updating skills is seen as – by far – the most important focus. This is more than just formal training, learning needs to be part of a tech professional’s DNA. Software engineers top the table for in-demand job roles. Skills in development and analytics are seen as the ‘hottest’ skills to learn right now.

Organisations: The winners are the innovators. But that’s easier said than done with only 20% of organisations being ‘truly’ innovative. 58% of organisations are adopting agile to improve innovation abilities. Google remains the dominant tech brand; far ahead of Apple and Microsoft, but its lead is diminishing and Amazon is growing in influence as it expands into more markets.

Game over?

Technology: Spare a thought for mainframes, which are expected to see the biggest decline in influence. But reports of their death are (very) premature.

Careers: 45% of you expect your jobs to be automated within 10 years. Testing, Operations and BI experts are most concerned; Programme Managers, CTOs and Software Engineers least concerned. People who don’t continually develop their skills will fall behind. The winners are the innovators.

Organisations: 41% have little or no trust in how third parties use their data. The battleground for the future will be trust, not functionality. Organisations that don’t gain the trust of users, will eventually fail.

This year’s Technology Survey paints an exciting picture of a tech sector in positive flux. We hope you enjoy reading it and find it useful in your career and business planning.

Albert Ellis, CEO, Harvey Nash Plc.

The Report:

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