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Digital Transformation Scoreboard

Digital Transformation Scoreboard 2018


Cybersecurity, Blockchain and artificial intelligence are the three most popular technologies and technological solutions in 2017, and the UK, Spain, Denmark, and Luxembourg are the most digitally aware European countries. These are only some of the most recent results of the Digital Pulse, this year's new feature in the Digital Transformation Scoreboard.

The Digital Transformation Scoreboard 2018 data analysis show that more Member States perform considerably above the EU-28 average in terms of digital technology integration. Northern and western EU Member States score highest in terms of digital transformation. Nevertheless, improvements are necessary for eastern and southern Member States, which still lag behind.

The Digital Transformation Scoreboard, for a third consecutive year, provides data and analysis on the adoption of digital technologies in businesses across the EU. To better inform and help policy makers and industry stakeholders to take steps ahead, 2018's Scoreboard surveyed EU companies of the food and construction sectors, screened national policies and analysed in a macro-perspective approach a wide range of national data sourced from Eurostat, national statistics offices and international organisations.

For the first time, the Digital Transformation Scoreboard presents the results of the digital pulse. The new feature consists in a Digital Intelligence platform that analyses information collected online from open sources including online press, blogs, corporate web sites, social media, forums, broadcast television etc. The data collected covers billions of web conversations from 150 million sources in 187 languages.

For this year's scoreboard, two industries were used as case studies for the uptake of Industry 4.0 technologies: Construction and Food. Besides their different nature and degree of digital adoption, the outcomes of the survey conducted for the Scoreboard show that in both sectors more than 70% of the companies have invested in digital technologies to improve their production processes. At the same time almost 90% of them declare to be fully aware of the new prospects of the Digital revolution.

A total of 19 national digital transformation policies and programs were analyzed, and in all the role of industry and research stakeholders was identified as key. Almost 2/3 of EU Member States have made the digitisation of their industries a priority, adopting large-scale policies and related initiatives to increase productivity and competitiveness and improve the digital skills of their workforce. Despite many commonalities, findings from analysing national initiatives across Europe reveal how diverse the tools developed and experiences gained really are. All policies have common goals but differ in many aspects e.g. policy, design, funding approach, financial size and implementation strategies.

Close relationship between the Digital Transformation Scoreboard and the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI)

The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) of the European Commission is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s general digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness. DESI and the Digital Transformation Scoreboard share one common dimension, the ‘Integration of Digital Technology’, therefore the Digital Transformation Scoreboard 2018 uses the values provided by the DESI's dimension on technology integration (DESI-2017). The complete results of DESI 2018 are available here.

Digital Transformation Scoreboard 2018: Digital Transformation Scoreboard 2018.pdf