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Bitkom: Coronavirus will push ahead digitalization in Germany

April 03, 2020


Abstract : According to Germany's digital industry association, Bitkom, the consequences of the fight against the coronavirus could significantly promote digitalization in Germany.

According to Germany's digital industry association, Bitkom, the consequences of the fight against the coronavirus could significantly promote digitalization in Germany. "The coronavirus crisis has shown us very clearly the importance of digital technologies for business, administration and society. The crisis is a wake-up call to massively push digitalization now," Bitkom President Achim Berg said in Berlin on Wednesday. "In the past, we have taken too much time with digitalization. Now we have to build up the digital infrastructure, comprehensively digitalize business processes and develop new, digital business models."

Digitalization is viewed positively across the breadth of the German economy, the association said, referring to the results of a survey of companies in Germany with 20 or more employees in all sectors, which was conducted in January and February before the restrictions on movement were imposed. Nine out of 10 companies tend to see it as an opportunity, only five percent regarded it as a risk. At the same time, one in three companies (34 percent) said they had problems coping with digitalization. But only one in 10 companies still sees their existence threatened by digitalization. A year ago, this proportion was only 12 percent, two years ago it was as high as 24 percent.

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