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Author's profile photo Bernd Welz

New Study by Technical University of Munich and SAP Uncovers Prevalence of Digital Skills Gap

We just completed a study with Technical University of Munich on “Skills for Digital Transformation”. As expected, the study shows that companies definitively recognize the increasing importance of digital technologies for their business. However, only 27% claim to have a clearly defined plan for implementing their digital strategy.

The study uncovered a significant skill gap to master successfully the digital transformation – only 17% of the respondents claim that their company has the personnel with the skills necessary. Instrumental to the success of an organization is a cross-departmental, deep understanding of both business objectives and technology skills. Business and IT departments need to become strategic partners, driving innovation and growth. With the digital transformation upon us, organizations are now faced with implementing strategies to effectively navigate this change.

Every organization should evaluate now which skills are needed to shape and win the digital economy and develop an effective enablement plan for business and IT personnel.  SAP has a broad offering from deep technical skills as well as advice from Thought Leaders how to master the transformation best on openSAP / openSAP Thought Leaders platform and the SAP Learning Hub program

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      Author's profile photo Paula DiTallo
      Paula DiTallo

      Thanks for your post Bernd! I think many companies have an underground reservoir of talent capable of meeting today's digital transformation, but these companies may not even know it!  For example, most marketing and accounting departments have brilliant statisticians in their midst--many, if not all of whom have been utilizing the power of excel workbooks/spreadsheets to distill data into actionable information. Such talent could be evaluated/targeted for in-house data science/Hadoop training. Supply chain and logistics rock stars within the organization often have advanced and sophisticated planning strategies that could be applied more broadly to digital transformation initiatives.  I think many companies unintentionally have a narrow viewpoint on where to look for the best talent within their organizations to seize the opportunity to advance the enterprise's existing human capital investment toward competitive advantage.