Produced by EY in partnership with the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the 3rd edition of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Digital Industry Observatory was unveiled by the Digital League on 5th November last.
Representing nearly 65,000 jobs, digital technology is now a central pillar of the regional economy. Indeed, this industry created more than 3,000 jobs between 2016 and 2017, as many as the region's 4 main flagship industrial sectors combined (chemistry-rubber-plastic / metallurgy-metalworking / machinery and equipment manufacturing / agri-food).
This dynamic is confirmed at the national level as Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes consolidates its position as the second region in the digital sector with the creation of 8,150 jobs between 2013 and 2017. Internationally, despite a decline of two places compared to the period 2011-2015, Auvergne-Rhône-alpes ranks 20th among European regions that have attracted the most foreign investment in digital technology. It is one of only two French regions to be included in the TOP25.
Encouraging figures and resolutely confident players. Indeed, 81% of digital companies expect sales to increase by 2018, with the development of current services and products as the primary growth driver. However, the difficulty in recruiting the right profiles remains the first obstacle for regional actors, with an increase of 11 points compared to 2017.
In this 3rd edition of the Observatory, digital players also share their point of view on what they consider essential to make digital transformation a lever for growth and acceleration for all industries. For example, 75% of the companies surveyed believe that, long before the understanding of technological issues and the development of a digital culture, change management is the most important thing.
Source : Digital League