Irish Business Leaders Depend on Digital Technology for Improving Customer Service
- 7-in-10 Irish business leaders believe they must put customers first if their organisation is to succeed in the long-term
- Digital technology plays a vital role for many (70 percent) in improving customer service. And for over half (53 percent), Artificial Intelligence (AI) will transform the services and products Irish businesses offer customers
- 74 percent believe their organisation is well-positioned to meet customer expectations over the next decade
As these customer expectations evolve, over two-thirds (68 percent) of Irish business leaders have found their customers expect them to be more innovative in their work with them. According to the majority of business leaders (70 percent), digital technology is playing a vital role in improving the customer experience. For a quarter (23 percent), customer relationships have significantly improved over the past few years because their organisation took steps to invest in digital technology. For example, over half (53 percent) pointed to AI as a technology that will transform the services and products offered to customers.
“Emerging technologies – like Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things – are fundamentally changing the way we work and engage with customers. Ireland’s new National Digital Strategy should map out how we can positively embrace these digital advances for the benefit of citizens, businesses, and communities in Ireland.” said Tony O’Malley, CEO Fujitsu Ireland. “Today, forward-thinking businesses across many industries are at the forefront of a revolution, using technology innovatively to differentiate their experiences from the competition.”
When considering the role that technology plays in customer service, there’s no sign of it slowing down. Indeed, when asked how their business is planning to adapt to meeting customer expectations over the next decade, over a third (38 percent) said they will invest in digital technology to improve both services to customer and business operations and efficiencies. One example of this is the automation of certain roles in order to free up employees’ time to focus on the customer – the report revealed that the majority (59 percent) of business leaders said their organisation plans to automate some human tasks within the next three years.
Tony O’Malley adds, “While technology can be used to improve customer service and better equip staff, the human touch will always be necessary to make an emotional connection. Technology should be prioritised to take on the time-consuming and mundane tasks, making way for humans to spend more time on the work that matters – such as engaging and connecting directly with customers. In a world where businesses are increasingly needing to think of innovative ways to stay a step ahead of competitors, Irish organisations should be bringing technology and employees together. After all, whilst technology will transform the workplace, it will be humans that accelerate its impact.”
Notes to editors
1This quantitative research was carried out in August 2018 by independent research company Censuswide, surveying 1,936 C-Suite decision makers within mid to large sized businesses across public sector and transport, financial services, retail and manufacturing in 16 countries worldwide.
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About Fujitsu Ireland Ltd
Fujitsu is one of the world’s largest ICT companies, offering a complete range of products, services and solutions. With approximately 155,000 employees globally and 350 in Ireland, Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries every day. We work with clients in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, and consumer sectors to harness the full range of our technology products, solutions and services. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. We believe that true innovation comes from working with people to create solutions for people. Together with customers and partners, we are shaping a world where everyone, everywhere is empowered with digital technology. We call it Human Centric Innovation.
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Fujitsu Ireland is a proud member of Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), as a responsible business within the BITCI network we have achieved the Business Working Responsibly Mark and have also joined the Leaders Group on Sustainability, a collation of Ireland’s leading organisations leading the transition towards a low carbon economy. Since April 2017 Fujitsu has been working in partnership with the National Council of the Blind (NCBI). Our employees selected NCBI as our chosen charity partner and together we are raising vital funds and transforming the digital experience of those affected by sight loss.
Date: 04 December, 2018