1. 08.06.2022 · ZEW (der/deg/mne)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Processing industries | Digitisation | Enterprise | Germany
    Diagram showing the degree of digitization in the information economy.

    When it comes to digitalisation, many firms in Germany have made quite some progress in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2022, for example, 54 per cent of firms in the information economy rated the level of digitalisation of their own products and services as high or very high, while this figure was still 38 per cent in September 2020. Meanwhile, in the manufacturing industry, the share of firms with a high or very high level of digitalisation of products and services has risen from 18 per cent in September 2020 to 37 per cent in March 2022.

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  2. 07.02.2022 · ZEW (der/sel)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Homeoffice | Processing industries | Coronavirus
    Diagrams illustrating hybrid work models of the information economy and manufacturing.

    Many firms in Germany are planning to offer hybrid working arrangements after the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, thus enabling employees to have a part-home, part-office schedule. A business survey conducted by ZEW Mannheim in December 2021 and January 2022 now provides further insights into firms’ expectations about the allocation of working hours in the long run. In both the information economy and the manufacturing industry, firms are mainly planning to offer hybrid models in which employees work from home 1-3 days per week. The share of employees who will work from home several times a week post COVID-19 is significantly higher than before the pandemic, according to the firms’ estimates.

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  3. 04.08.2021 · ZEW (der/sel)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Homeoffice | Coronavirus | Processing industries
    Survey shows expected home office use continues to rise.

    Soon after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies in Germany expected a long-term expansion of working from home arrangements. A ZEW survey conducted in June 2021 has confirmed the companies’ early forecasts. Some companies have even increased their expectations about the use of working from home after the pandemic ends. The survey also found that many companies, especially larger ones, have equipped their employees with digital devices over the course of the pandemic.

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  4. 15.02.2021 · ZEW (vro/der/sel)
    Information Economy
    ICT | Information Services
    Dr Daniel Erdsiek and Vincent Rost from the research area "Digital Economy" on the corporate risk of cyber attacks.

    The risk of becoming a victim of a cyberattack has increased in the past year, according to many companies. Almost one in four companies in the information economy says that this risk has increased since the beginning of 2020. This is the result of a recent survey conducted by ZEW Mannheim among more than 900 companies in the information economy.

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  5. 08.02.2021 · ZEW (der/sel)
    Information Economy
    Homeoffice
    Dr. Daniel Erdsiek, researcher in “Digital Economy” Department at ZEW Mannheim, explains which sectors are suitable for work-from-home arrangements even after the pandemic.

    The shift from working in the office to working from home has been a key component in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany. Therefore, the federal and state governments took the decision on 19 January 2021 to lay out plans in which companies have to enable their employees to work from home “wherever possible”. However, the share of employees whose work activities are suitable for working from home remains uncertain. “From the employers’ perspective, there is a very high potential for a shift to working from home within the German information economy. About 45 per cent of companies in this sector expect that more than half of their employees have a job that is – in theory – suitable for working from home,” says Dr. Daniel Erdsiek, researcher in the Research Department “Digital Economy” at ZEW Mannheim.

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  6. 16.11.2020 · ZEW (der/sel)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | ZEW ICT Survey | Coronavirus

    Many firms have made progress with regard to the digitalisation of their products and services, their business processes and the way of working over the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Around 40 per cent of companies in the business-related services sector and approximately 25 per cent of businesses in the manufacturing industry stated to have seen a surge in digitalisation. Meanwhile, the turnover of these businesses often remains – sometimes significantly – below pre-crisis levels. These are the results of a representative survey conducted by ZEW Mannheim in September 2020 among approximately 1,400 companies in the information economy and manufacturing industry.

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  7. 28.07.2020 · ZEW (der/sel)
    Information Economy
    ICT | Information Services | Coronavirus
    In the second quarter of 2020 the ZEW Sentiment Indicator for the German ICT sector reaches a historical low.

    The economic sentiment in the information and communication technology sector (ICT) in Germany further deteriorated in the second quarter of 2020: The ZEW sentiment indicator for the German ICT sector decreased by 3.5 points compared to the first quarter of 2020, falling to a historic low of 47.6 points. This marks the first time that the ZEW sentiment indicator has dropped below the critical 50-point mark since the survey began in 2011, indicating a negative development of the business situation. In addition to reporting negative expectations regarding turnover and demand for business products, firms in the ICT sector are also pessimistic about imminent personnel changes.

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  8. 04.05.2020 · ZEW (der/sel)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Community Law
    ZEW survey of companies on the DSGVO in Germany shows that the negative aspects predominate.

    Companies in the German information economy are frequently dissatisfied with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force in May 2018. In half of the companies, the negative aspects of the new regulations on personal data protection predominate after the two-year period, while the positive aspects of the GDPR outweigh the negative ones for just under five per cent of companies. The introduction of the GDPR quite frequently complicated companies’ regular business processes, leading to a high workload regarding the implementation of new requirements. This is the result of a recent representative survey of about 600 companies in the information economy, conducted by ZEW Mannheim in March 2020. 

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  9. 02.04.2020 · ZEW (der/sel)
    Information Economy
    ICT | Information Services | Sectoral business cycle | Industry Analysis | Economic crisis
    The ZEW Sentiment Indicator for the ICT sector records an economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    The economic sentiment in the information and communication technology sector (ICT) in Germany fell to a historic low in the first quarter of 2020. The ZEW sentiment indicator for the companies in the ICT sector plunged to a reading of 51.1 points as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, falling by more than 17 points compared to the previous quarter. This is the worst assessment of the economic climate and the sharpest drop recorded since the survey was started in 2011. The ZEW Economic Sentiment Indicator for the Information Economy is the result of a survey conducted by ZEW Mannheim in March 2020.

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  10. 26.02.2020 · ZEW (der/sel)
    Information Economy
    Information Services | Industry report | Innovation
    Many companies neglect the innovation potential of social media, a ZEW study shows.

    Today, around one in two companies in the information economy have a social media presence, which they primarily use for advertising and marketing while neglecting the innovation potential of these networks. Companies still make far too little use of this communication channel to obtain constructive customer feedback as a means of improving their products and services. These are the results of a special assessment published in the latest Business Survey in the Information Economy, for which ZEW Mannheim surveyed around 1,000 companies in the German information economy.

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