21 Oct ICT for the UK’s Future: the implications of the changing nature of Information and Communications Technology
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Royal Academy of Engineering (UK) (RAEng) 2009This study aims to consider the importance of the IT base for the UK economy, examine the present and projected state of UK IT-related business activity in a global context and identify potential opportunities for improvement. The report makes several recommendations including enhancing the UK’s IT infrastructure; recognising and addressing critical gaps in IT capability; and exploiting UK leadership in key technology areas. In terms of infrastructure, the report concludes that 100% broadband availability is required. In the area of IT capability our workforce skills must be extended to promote full computer literacy in our schools, enterprise and public sector. Action is also required to ensure better awareness in boardrooms of the potential and the pitfalls of business change facilitated by new IT systems. In the area of research, development and innovation, it is essential to ensure UK universities and businesses effectively partner.