Cautious CIOs risk hampering innovation

Cautious CIOs risk hampering innovation

Over-cautious CIOs are hampering innovation, according to new research from Fujitsu Technology Solutions.
The report claims that the recession is fuelling a climate of caution, with CIOs and IT directors preferring to wait for a technology to become widespread before adopting it. Just one in 10 respondents admitted to taking an aggressive, early adopter approach to new technologies.
The majority of respondents labelled themselves technology followers and over half claimed they would not adopt a technology until it had proven successful in other installations. One in three (32%) said that a technology would have to be industry standard before they would consider adopting it in their own organisation.
One respondent, a CIO at a FTSE 350 retail company, said: “The larger, more stable companies cannot afford to be innovators as they might lose out competitively if implementations go wrong. Being a follower means that you can adopt the technologies with the knowledge that they are proven and being used by your competitors. IT heads are reluctant to be major innovators for fear of losing their jobs if it all goes wrong.”
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