IT Solutions Blog

How you and your employer can help protect the environment in 2022

by Holly Burnett 30 November 2021

In recent years the desire for sustainable products has skyrocketed. Nielsen studies show that 66 percent of consumers would spend more on a product from a sustainable brand, and 81 percent of global consumers feel that organisations should operate more sustainably. 

Individuals, brands, businesses, and even whole countries have begun to put the planet's needs before their own. Tech giants such as Microsoft will be carbon negative by 2030 and, ahead of the world's most significant climate change summit, we heard the Queen and Greta Thunberg's disdain for ‘talking shops.’ 

The conference was billed as a moment that would go down in the history books and save the habitat for future generations. But not all countries met the level of ambition expected. The Glasgow Climate pact has put more pressure on nations to commit to actions more in line with the Paris Agreement by 2030. 

Most of Western Europe and North America will pull the plug on financial support for overseas fossil fuel projects by this time next year. Many nations also agreed to accelerate their plans to phase down unabated coal power and phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. Six of the world’s leading car manufacturers (Volvo, Ford Motors, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, BYD and Land Rover) said they would stop making fossil fuel-based vehicles by 2040. 

The failure of wealthy countries to mobilise funds was a consistent theme throughout the conference. However, a new agreement will see established nations compensate vulnerable countries affected by rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions. 

According to experts, if implemented, the agreements made at the congress will prevent rising atmospheric altitude, but it may not decrease to the desired level. As we have seen with the Paris Agreement, there is no guarantee that each country will carry out their commitment; it is down to us as individuals to pledge our allegiance to the planet. 

Here is a quick reminder of how you can reduce your carbon emissions. 

Topics: Leadership, Staff retention, IT strategy, IT and business goals, retention, Remote Working, Tech Leaders, IT leaders, talent attraction, Sustainability

Digital leaders predict what 2022 has in store for technology teams

by Holly Burnett 24 November 2021

The Harvey Nash Group, a leading global provider of talent and technology solutions, published its Digital Leadership survey results earlier this month. As part of the group, Crimson is a contributor to the report. 

The 2021 Digital Leadership Report is the world’s largest and longest-running senior technology decision-makers survey. Launched in 1998 and previously called the CIO Survey, it has been an influential and respected indicator of significant trends in technology and digital for over two decades. This year a survey of over 2,100 digital leaders took place between 8th July 2021 and 11th October 2021, across 87 countries. In the UK, 823 digital leaders were surveyed.

During the last 12 months, we have seen demand spike for tech professionals as investment in IT skyrocketed to enable agility, meet customer demand, and provide new products and services. However, candidates have had a monopoly over the market with so many new opportunities, and many organisations have faced ‘The Great Resignation’. The Digital Leadership survey found that four in ten employers are struggling to retain their employees, and only one in three (38 percent) of organisations have revisited their employee offer to make it more attractive.

Aside from attracting skilled candidates’ digital leaders cannot find the talent they need. Even though more than half of the professionals surveyed said they were looking to hire regardless of location, 66 percent admitted they could not keep pace with technology trends because of a lack of skilled individuals. For example, the demand for Developers is extraordinarily high; in fact, it’s in the same league as HGV drivers and Nurses. As a result, more than half of those surveyed (52 percent) said they would be offering more apprenticeships to help plug the skills gap.

Let’s take a look at some more of the headlines from the much-anticipated report;

Topics: Leadership, Staff retention, IT strategy, IT and business goals, retention, Remote Working, Coronavirus, Tech Leaders, IT leaders, Wellbeing, Mentalhealth, HR, talent attraction, Technology Trends, Digital Leadership survey

How do IT leaders manage their professional development?

by Holly Burnett 14 October 2020

This month Crimson's Senior Appointments team approached our network of C-level technologists to get the low down on their attitude towards professional development.

Qualifications are the most popular form of learning



Perhaps it's the sense of achievement or the certification that we can add to our CV, but qualifications were by far, the most popular option for developing our functional skills.

Topics: Digital Transformation, CIO, IT Jobs, Offshore IT, CTO, IT strategy, IT and business goals, professional development

What does the IT landscape look like post-COVID-19?

by Holly Burnett 21 August 2020

Now the dust has settled on the 'new normal' Crimson's Senior Appointments practice asked our community of tech leaders how IT departments will change post-Covid.

The future is flexible  



Just ten percent of respondents indicated that techies would be returning to the office to complete their regular working hours. The remaining ninety percent suggested flexible working will be on the agenda. YouGov research found that just one in four people want to go back to the office full-time post-pandemic. In a recent Evening Standard article, many FTSE 100 companies said they only have a small percentage of employees on-site and plan to introduce flexible working programmes to retain employees.

Topics: Digital Transformation, CIO, IT Jobs, Offshore IT, Staff retention, CTO, IT recruitment agency, IT strategy, IT and business goals, Covid-19, Coronavirus

Why you should attend: The Architect Exchange

by Holly Burnett 26 July 2019

 

This week we caught up with Crimson’s Andy Basham, who is hosting the Architect Exchange event on 21st of August.

Topics: Digital Transformation, IT Architecture, shadow IT, IT strategy, IT and business goals