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Michael Drew is head of the technology practice at Odgers Berndtson UK. He has expertise across technology and IT services in both technology and IT services sectors in both EMEA & Asia Pacific and advises tech companies, high-growth software innovators and tier-one consulting firms & systems integrators in the UK and internationally.

Talent Is Key To UK Global Ambitions In Tech

Technology has advanced sufficiently to help address the world’s biggest challenges, ranging from climate change and poverty to healthcare, and is ready to accelerate – but progress is being held back by a shortage of visionaries and skilled professionals to realise its full potential. Increasingly, the biggest constraint on technological advance is talent. So, whilst the UK aspires to lead the world’s digital economy post-Brexit, its success will depend on its ability attract and retain world-class talent. Many of the most valuable companies today sell technology or platforms, and exploitation of data is at their core. Companies like Amazon, Google, Apple and Microsoft are household names, but there are many other highly innovative companies yet to hit the mainstream that have an equal pa...