Managed Service Provider (MSP) Annodata has welcomed new research from the Department for Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), which points to a growing focus on innovation in the UK.
For Annodata, the figures confirm that corporate Britain is waking up to the critical role that IT service providers have to play in supporting the innovation cycle and guiding business growth.
Annodata’s CEO, Rod Tonna-Barthet said, “the role of IT in supporting innovation is critical, but many businesses lack the vantage point, time and experience to be able to devise and maintain an IT strategy that will deliver the type of innovation required. IT service providers, in theory, have the skills and experience needed to support fundamental change, but that challenge is that many fail to properly get to grips with their clients’ business objectives.
Launched earlier this month, the BIS UK Innovation Survey 2015 found that UK businesses are aware of the need for innovation so are highly dependent on technology and suppliers to drive it. According to the research, 53 per cent of all businesses can be defined as innovative, up from 45 per cent in 2013, and 25 per cent of businesses use technology to support their innovation efforts, an increase of three percentage points since the last report.
Of those organisations that reported having co-operation arrangements to support their innovation activities, over two-thirds (67 per cent) stated that they were with suppliers of equipment, services and/or software, up from 59 per cent in the previous survey.
Rod added, “we approach each new client engagement first understanding their pain points and challenges, as well as their future aspirations. This consultative approach enables us to make strategic recommendations about technology and device solutions that give clients the tools they need to innovate and, ultimately, add value to the bottom line.”