According to research from managed services provider, Claranet, only a third of IT directors would say that their organisation’s culture promotes effective innovation, with less senior staff being even less optimistic.
The research revealed that there is a disconnection between the expectations for improvement between CIOs/IT directors and their departments. 42 per cent of IT directors believe their organisational culture supports innovation and takes risks but only 30 per cent of middle management and 27 per cent for IT supervisors agreed. Similarly, while half (51 per cent) of CIOs believe that their organisation has the patience to support new ideas, only 40 per cent of intermediate management and supervisors believe that to be the case.
Michel Robert, Claranet’s UK Managing Director said, “these results show clear differences between IT directors and less senior staff on their views on innovation within their businesses. Senior IT staff have a distinct view of their openness to innovative practices, though on the whole, it would seem that they are not the best at ensuring their IT teams feel innovation is being prioritised. These disparities may be down to a lack of communication and capacity to innovate, which will need to be addressed if businesses are to create a culture in which innovation can thrive and reach their full potential.
“Working with a trusted partner can ease the load on the IT department, freeing up IT directors and their teams to successfully focus on their innovation strategies. By focusing on innovative, high value-add projects close to the business, and leaving day-to-day management to IT services providers, IT directors will more than likely deliver business success to their organisation.”
Claranet surveyed IT professionals from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal and the Benelux, from a range of mid-market organisations.