Emerging technologies can offer the potential for increased efficiency, reduced costs and improved security for businesses, among other benefits, but also risks that must be considered when adopting. ISACA survey report provides insight into how global IT and business professionals perceive benefits, risks, barriers to adoption, knowledge gaps and leaders’ willingness to adopt new technologies.
This survey, which gathered responses from 4,541 professionals from around the world, first assessed how respondents define emerging technologies. The three main characteristics classifying a technology as emerging, according to respondents, are technologies with significant disruptive capacities, technologies with significant problem-solving capacity and technologies which are recent discoveries.
The survey also found that senior management generally supports the adoption of emerging technologies, with 81% of respondents indicating that their leadership provides moderate to very responsive support. Cloud (59%), AI (34%) and IoT (27%) are the main emerging technologies used in businesses.
The main factors motivating the implementation of emerging technologies
- Expected cost savings (73%)
- Improved cybersecurity (57%)
- To meet regulatory requirements (52%)
- Increased agility (51%)
- New source of income (50%)
- The ability to reach new customers (50%)
However, as much as cost savings push companies to adopt emerging technologies, they can also make them think twice: 72% indicate that the cost of implementation is one of the main reasons for resistance, followed by 44% who cite cybersecurity risk and 42% cite unclear business goals. like holding them back from implementation.
“When business goals are clear and risks are properly assessed and managed, emerging technologies can bring transformative benefits to an organization,” says Dustin Brewer, ISACA Senior Director, Emerging Technologies and Innovation.
“As the survey results show, adoption levels vary by technology, but there are signs that leadership is closely monitoring technologies, including IoT and blockchain, to consider for use. future if they are not already implemented. “
Essential continuing education and training for tech professionals
Ninety-one percent of respondents agree that training and continuing education is essential for tech professionals, 81% indicating they would like to pursue more training on cloud technologies and 69% expressing moderate interest in high for AI training.
However, 41% say their companies are not investing enough in people skills to successfully navigate the changing technology landscape. The results indicate that leadership is aware of this problem, as 48 percent of respondents who identify as executive leadership agree that the investment in training is insufficient.
“Putting people first and investing in training for emerging technologies is essential not only for successful technology implementation, but also to ensure that the workforce has the cutting-edge skills needed in the emerging technology landscape. constant evolution ”, declares David Samuelson, CEO of ISACA.