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COVID-19 forces one of the biggest surges in technology investment in history, finds world's largest technology leadership survey

·2 mins read

- Companies spent around US$15bn extra a week on technology during the pandemic's first wave

- Security and privacy the top investment, but cyber attacks jump for 4 in 10 IT leaders

- Huge surge in IT spend isn't sustainable – as 2020/21 technology budgets come under more strain

- 8 in 10 IT leaders concerned about the mental health of their tech teams due to the pandemic

LONDON, Sept. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Companies spent the equivalent of around US$15bn[1] extra a week on technology to enable safe and secure home working during COVID-19, reveals the 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. This was one of the biggest surges in technology investment in history – with the world's IT leaders spending more than their annual budget rise[2] in just three months, as the global crisis hit, and lockdowns began to be enforced.

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The largest technology leadership survey in the world of over 4,200 IT leaders, analyzing responses from organizations with a combined technology spend of over US$250bn, also found that despite this huge surge of spending, and security & privacy being the top investment during COVID-19, 4 in 10 IT leaders report that their company has experienced more cyber attacks.

Bev White, CEO of Harvey Nash Group said: "This unexpected and unplanned surge in technology investment has also been accompanied by massive changes in how organizations operate – with more organizational change in the last six months than we have seen in the last ten years. Success will largely be about how organizations deal with their culture and engage with their people."

Steve Bates, Principal, KPMG in the US and global leader of KPMG International's CIO Center of Excellence, said: "IT in the New Reality will be shaped by economic recovery patterns unique to each sector, location, and company. While every CIO is responding to these forces differently, one thing remains consistent; the urgency to act swiftly and decisively. Technology has never been more important to organizations' ability to survive and thrive."

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Media Contacts:

David Pippett
ProServ PR
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Michelle Thomas
Harvey Nash
michelle.thomas@harveynash.com
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Amy Greenshields
KPMG International
+1 416 777 8749
amygreenshields@kpmg.ca

[1] See notes to editors.
[2] See notes to editors.

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