Data Analytics (84%) and the Cloud (84%) continue to be the most relevant technologies, while the initial euphoria surrounding AI is starting to fade. Approximately three-quarters of the companies believe that they have sufficient expertise when it comes to Data Analytics and the Cloud. Still, the introduction and enforcement of comprehensive Cloud Governance (66%), the integration of the Cloud into the existing IT (64%) and strategic multi-Cloud management (60%) represent big challenges in this regard.
At the same time, only every tenth person believes that the digital transformation poses a threat to their business model – compared to every fifth person last year. Half of those surveyed have already positioned themselves in new markets. Collaborations remain a good instrument for success: In terms of the digital transformation, two-thirds rely on collaborations with other companies. 84% do so to increase speed. “Collaborations are well suited to strengthen the company's innovative capacity particularly collaborations with research institutions, universities, start-ups and consulting companies,” says Sebastian Obermeier, Co-Lead Business Area Future IT. Smaller companies can benefit by creating networks with other companies to lower the barriers of entry for the digital transformation.