Decade of Innovation

“Northern Ireland has made great strides in the development of a Knowledge Economy over the last decade, but the pace of change and advent of new technologies globally means we must move more quickly than we did previously to reinvent our offering, or risk being left behind.”

Darren Lemon, eir Business NI

Decade of Innovation and the Impact of Technology on Business

As we mark our 10th birthday, we reflect on the technology advancements of the past decade and what the future means for our Knowledge Economy. The pace of change and advent of new technologies globally means we must move more quickly than we did previously to reinvent our offering, or risk being left behind.

According to our latest customer research and analysis by the Ulster University, two thirds of Northern Ireland's organisations (67%) believe the pace of technology adoption will increase in the next decade while at the same time we will witness a significant shift away from traditional IT and Software jobs - an area where we are currently strong - to new and emerging technologies in artificial intelligence (AI), automation, big data and mobility solutions.

The increased pace of change also brings with it a number of challenges with security concerns (66%), the availability of ICT skills (59%) and budget requirements (52%) ranked as the top 3.

Northern Ireland Industry Survey November 2017 : The Highlights