These companies are also struggling to find and train personnel with a grounding in DX. In its DX Hakusho 2021, a white paper on the current state of DX in Japan, the Information-Technology Promotion Agency estimated that 54% of companies in Japan lack any measures to improve employees’ information technology (IT) literacy through either in-house or external training. This is in contrast with the 87% of companies in the U.S. that are proactively boosting skills through such initiatives.
The gulf is widening between Japan and digitally-advanced nations. And by doing nothing to close it, Japan risks falling into decline just as humankind faces drastic social changes brought on by the appearance of new covid variants, the outbreak of war in Ukraine, and the challenges of decarbonization.
*Leveraging data and digital technologies to improve a company’s competitiveness by reforming business processes or creating new businesses opportunities. Companies must make DX happen, and for it to happen they must take steps such as digitizing analog data (digitization) to revamp operations and work processes using digital technologies (digitalization). In this article, DX encompasses all the actions that entails