If the implementation of digital technologies in Poland is accelerated and the assumptions of the EU plan are implemented, it is possible to obtain additional PLN 491 billion in GDP by 2030 incl. IT consulting services. It will be possible to obtain an additional EUR 2.8 trillion throughout the EU, according to a report commissioned by Amazon Web Services (AWS).
In 2021, the European Commission (EC) announced the “Road to the Digital Decade”, Europe’s digital transformation program until 2030.
Digital technologies in 4 main areas
It covers activities in 4 areas: digitization of public services, infrastructure construction, development of technical skills and digital transformation of companies, and defines specific goals that EU countries and the entire EU should achieve. Amazon Web Services (AWS) commissioned Public First to conduct a study “Unlocking Europe’s Digital Potential” to check the progress towards achieving the goals set by the European Commission. In Poland, the survey covered over 1,000 consumers and 1,300 entrepreneurs.
According to the presented report, the Digital Decade can release over EUR 2.8 trillion , which is nearly 21 percent the current GDP of the European Union. A potential EUR 2.8 trillion covers the EUR 1.3 trillion that the EU is able to deliver and another EUR 1.5 trillion if digital progress is accelerated. At the current rate, it will take until 2040 to fully reach the EU’s digital target, 10 years longer than planned.
– The EU and Poland are making progress in meeting some of the goals of the Digital Decade. We can see that it is possible to achieve 100% digitization of basic public services by 2030. Internet connectivity targets are also likely to be achieved. In other areas, acceleration of changes is required.
If we want to achieve all the positive economic effects assumed in the Digital Decade agenda, it will be necessary to use more enterprise cloud and machine learning. You also have to take into account the process of retraining and improving the digital competences of current employees so that they can meet the requirements of technology – comments Przemysław Szuder, CEO of Amazon Web Services in Central and Eastern Europe.
Accelerating the transformation
There were over 200 unicorns in the EU in 2021 (companies valued at over $ 1 billion), double the amount in 2017, and by 2030 that number is expected to double again . However, many European companies have yet to implement existing technologies, including cloud. The estimates presented in the report also show that still too few companies in Poland use the opportunities offered by the available digital tools.
Currently, only 15 percent. Polish companies use cloud solutions, 18 percent – from artificial intelligence (AI) and 8 percent. – from big data solutions. Similarly, in the entire Union, the cloud is currently used by 26. companies from artificial intelligence (AI) 25 percent and 14 percent uses big data.
Analysts indicate that by using cloud-based services such as customer relationship management (CRM), companies can increase business efficiency by 10-25 percent. If companies in the EU accelerated the adoption of the cloud, artificial intelligence and big data by 10%, they would increase the value added of the EU economy by EUR 370 billions, which is more than the value of the EU financial services sector. In Poland, a similar increase in the implementation of cloud technology in small businesses may generate PLN 10 billion of added value in GDP.
Reducing the competency gap
While most Europeans have basic digital competences, significant differences persist across countries, with the proportion of the population having at least basic digital skills ranging from 29%. up to 79 percent In Poland, it is slightly over 44 percent.
Over the past five years, the overall diffusion rate of basic digital skills has increased by only 4.4 percentage points, and with the current trends, it seems unlikely that Poland will meet the EU target of 80% by 2030. of the population should have basic digital skills.
At the current rate of progress, in 2030, the percentage of the population with basic digital skills will only be 52%. Achieving the EU’s 20 million ICT professionals target by 2030 will be difficult unless female participation among ICT professionals improves. Taking into account the current trends, in 2030 women will constitute less than 25 percent. ICT specialists.
In Poland, 77 percent. enterprises consider digital skills important or essential, while for digital-intensive enterprises this figure rises to 95%. 45 percent of digital-intensive companies said insufficient digital skills slowed their growth, 26% – that it increased costs, and 43 percent. – that he slowed down the development of new technologies.
Access to infrastructure without restrictions
The EU is on track to meet its connectivity targets – 59% households are covered by Very High Throughput Fixed Networks (VHCN). In Poland, this indicator is even higher and amounts to 65%. However, further efforts are needed to support the development of low-latency solutions such as edge computing, which will allow data to be processed, analysed and stored closer to its source.
The vast majority, as much as 89 percent. European companies agreed that the importance of sustainability as a factor influencing business decisions will either be maintained or increased. However, 44 percent. enterprises, especially SMEs, are not convinced that they have the right digital tools to monitor and improve sustainable development.
Polish respondents to a much lesser extent (33%) believe that they have the appropriate digital tools to monitor and improve sustainable development. For Poles, the choice of technology and access to the best tools is more important than the origin of the company that supplies them.
Technologies such as the cloud are no longer just an undifferentiated commodity, but a means of delivering many types of digital services. In the survey, only 7 percent. of companies indicated that the country of origin of the cloud provider is important as one factor when choosing a provider, which means that it is the least important of the 14 potential factors.
Digitization of public services
The EU is a world leader in digitising public services. 75% public service for citizens is now available online; for companies, this indicator looks even better and amounts to – 84 percent. Denmark is one of the leaders in this area.
Meanwhile, Poland has so far reached 65 percent. its target for digital public services for citizens and 67% target for digital public services for enterprises.
About 64 percent. of EU citizens use digital public administration services, and 66% claimClaims to access information and services via government websites or applications.
In Poland, nearly half of the population (49%) admit to using digital administration services. Research shows that in Poland 43 percent. of respondents have access to their medical records online, and 54 percent. have been asked to verify your online identity in the past. In Europe, 35% of people have access to online medical records. society. The same percentage (35%) was asked to confirm their identity online.
According to analysts, the transfer of 10 percent. government IT systems for cloud computing could bring EU taxpayers over EUR 900 million in savings annually.