UK boards are investing in IT innovation to drive their business out of recession.
Investment has dropped by only 7% in the past year, a European-wide survey of over 1,300 IT executives by recruitment firm Harvey Nash found.
"IT leaders must be proactive, aggressive cost-cutters and strategic implementers," said John Whiting, managing director of UK IT business at Harvey Nash.
He said it was encouraging that organisations are turning to the IT department to innovate their way to recovery.
Some 88% of UK respondents to the survey said they had achieved success by collaborating with other organisations to improve their innovation processes.
"Harvey Nash is seeing IT leaders collaborating with suppliers and customers to drive efficiency and create new revenue streams," said Whiting.
Achieving greater results on tighter budgets is likely to see the IT function rewarded with the strategic influence they desire, he said.