The EU Digital Decade: the technological leap forward

The EU Digital Decade: the technological leap forward

Actualidad October 28, 2022

Digital transformation is a core objective for many organizations. Of course, the European Union (EU) is no exception to the rule. About a year and a half ago, the supranational organization set a roadmap: the Digital Decade.

It is a series of objectives and achievements to be reached over the next ten years to try to obtain tangible results in technological matters. At Befree, we explain what the Digital Decade is and what the list of objectives to be achieved consists of.

What is the Digital Decade?

In March 2021, the European Commission presented a vision and pathways for the digital transformation of Europe until 2030. The Commission proposed a “Digital Compass for the EU Digital Decade that revolves around four cardinal points”: skills and capabilities, infrastructure, business and public services.

If we summarize each point in more detail regarding skills, the EU proposed that at least 80% of the population should have basic digital skills. On the other hand, they intended to boost ICT specialization to reach 20 million experts.

In terms of infrastructure, the EU aimed for full access to 5G everywhere and to double its share of cutting-edge semiconductor production. In addition, they aim to reach 10,000 data nodes in the cloud and build the first quantum-accelerated computer.

Regarding the transformation of business, the EU seeks that 75% of companies the cloud, AI and big data. In addition, another objective is for 90% of SMEs to reach a basic level of digital intensity. Finally, the digitization of public services involves providing 100% online access to key services and medical records. In addition, they will try to achieve that 80% of citizens have digital identification.

The Digital Decade in Spain

Spain must do its bit to ensure that all these goals are met by 2030. A report recently published by the consultancy firm Public First, called ‘Discovering the digital potential in Spain, highlights the current digital situation in our country.

The survey collects data from 1,400 companies and 1,000 consumers in the country, and indicates that growth could be better. While the pace has been right and will bring in a lot of revenue (almost 83 billion by 2030), an acceleration in development could triple that number. It is expected that, if it does, the increase could reach 224 billion in the very same year.

The study highlights that 55% of these estimated gains would depend on cloud technology. The global public cloud market is estimated to be worth $300 billion and the benefits for companies that adopt it include increased operational efficiency, process agility, security and lower costs related to maintenance and access to cutting-edge innovations.

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