Highlighting how a poor purchasing choice can have a negative impact on productivity – a quarter (24%) admitted that they feel de-motivated when their systems fail to operate and 80% are left feeling frustrated.
The FileMaker Database Technology Report uncovers a severe lack of communication and understanding between IT departments and Information workers. Only 24% of information workers say themselves or a colleague has purchasing control over their organisations database system compared to 58% of IT departments. Interestingly, nearly half the people surveyed (47%) agreed that the technology they use to manage information in their personal lives is more effective than the technology they use to manage information at work.
Other highlights include:
A quarter (25%) agree that databases in their organisation are underused because they are complicated to manage
61% agree that the slower a database runs or the more complicated it is to use, the more reluctant they are to try and access that information again
32% agree that data in their organisation is probably unreliable because the systems they use are not integrated
Database failure seriously impacts two thirds (65%) of businesses, and in some cases (8%), very seriously
Tony Speakman, director, FileMaker northern region said: There is a worryingly large percentage of companies out there wasting IT budgets on software that is not the right solution for their users. Budgets are still being influenced by decisions makers in IT departments, rather than the users themselves, which is having a negative impact upon productivity. Our research shows that information workers are becoming IT Gurus and businesses need to understand that its not just IT departments that understand IT.
In todays financial climate, every pound spent in an organisation should maximise profitability not reduce it.