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New technologies are more researched than used

Although German companies are on the right track in their digitization efforts based on global comparison, implementation is still lacking in some areas.

17 Feb. 2018
Kai Tubessing
New technologies are more researched than used

A recent Bitkom survey of 505 companies shows a gloomy picture, at least in some areas, when it comes to using state-of-the-art technologies in German companies: Especially with regard to using AI-based processes, 68% of all respondents see themselves as lagging behind or even completely defeated in international comparison. Things look a little better in other areas, where less than half of the board members and managing directors consider themselves trailing behind: These include 3D printing (48%), blockchain (47%), robotics (45%), the Internet of Things (42%) and Big Data (37%). This is surprising, according to Bitkom, since Germany is very strong in the research of artificial intelligence or blockchain technologies. On the other hand, at least 26% of the participants consider themselves leading internationally or within the top group with regard to the use of drones. The self-assessment in the field of IoT applications (24%) shows a similarly good result.

The general evaluation of their own digitization progress is slightly better: 44% of companies consider themselves to be ranking in the middle worldwide with regard to using new technologies, and 36% even in the top group. Fast progress is being hampered in particular by the high standards of data protection (45%), technical security (39%), and a shortage of qualified staff (33%). The results thus seamlessly follow up on last year’s investigation by Capgemini Consulting , which states that not only are technologies crucial to successfully tackling the digital change, but the full anchoring of a specific digitization strategy in corporate culture.