‘1 in 3 UK’ businesses slow to adopt new technology

Almost a third of businesses (31%) admit being slow to adopt technological innovations, according to a new study by TomTom Telematics.

The finding have been compounded by the revelation that a third (32%) still use paper to store business-sensitive information, and that more than half (53%) use spreadsheets.

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“Slow or late tech adopters risk falling behind the curve and, as a consequence, potentially damaging their competitiveness,” said Beverley Wise, director UK & Ireland at TomTom Telematics.

“Effective long term digital strategies and the integration of technologies into core business activities can hold the key to simplified processes, helping improve operational efficiency, productivity and sustained levels of growth.”

The research among senior managers at 400 UK businesses found that despite the admissions, 82% still believe it’s important to use the most up-to-date technology.

Cost was cited as the biggest barrier to tech adoption by 36% of those businesses surveyed, while 16% said they faced difficulties introducing new systems. 15% said there was a lack of time to invest in research and implementation. And a further 11% said they faced resistance among workers.

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“Companies should look beyond the short-term pain of any initial outlay – an investment in business technology that is implemented and used effectively can result in a significant and swift return on investment,” added Wise.

“Clients that have adopted advanced telematics systems, for example, have demonstrated returns after just three months. Moreover, the right technology partner should be able to offer the requisite support to help minimise any business disruption and help ensure easy and timely implementation.”

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Nick Ismail

Nick Ismail is the editor for Information Age. He has a particular interest in smart technologies, AI and cyber security.