8 Obstacles to Technology Innovation

By Dennis McCafferty
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    8 Obstacles to Technology Innovation

    8 Obstacles to Technology Innovation

    Business managers want tech teams to innovate, but they must deal with more immediate IT responsibilities that keep them from working on innovative projects.

Senior management is increasingly pushing technology organizations to innovate, but IT teams are perpetually saddled with other, more immediate responsibilities that keep them from focusing on innovative projects, according to a recent survey from Ipswitch. The resulting report, "The 8 Issues Derailing IT Team Innovation," ranks these distracting demands based on which ones create the most time-consuming, frustrating challenges that stand in the way of innovation. Given the wealth of high-profile breaches in recent years, it's not surprising that cyber-security tops the list. But other concerns also loom large, including budget constraints and customer issues. "IT teams work valiantly behind the scenes every day to make sure their digital businesses stay connected," according to the report. "With challenges like dealing with cyber-threats and new technology—or even just the sheer volume of day-to-day work—it is getting harder and harder for IT teams to keep necessary innovation from going off the rails. … These are the true front lines of IT, where decisions need to be made quickly, and business operations depend on systems functioning properly." A total of 2,685 global IT professionals took part in the research. (Respondents could pick only one tech issue in response to each question, thus resulting in lower overall percentages than if they could have selected more than one issue.)

This article was originally published on 2015-11-09
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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