A call to action to double investment for the benefit of society and industry
There is a wide consensus that from now to 2030 change and disruption will be permanent features in society, with the way of living and doing business becoming fundamentally different from what it is today. Digital Technology has a major role to play in mastering the changes and for Europe, an industry strong in software innovation. An industry strong in software innovation is a prerequisite for maintaining global competitiveness and in securing high-value jobs in Digital Technology and in other, more traditional industries that are increasingly dependent on Digital Technology. This view was echoed and amplified by the government and industry keynote speakers at the opening of the ARTEMIS & ITEA Co-Summit in Stockholm on 4 December. Daniel Johansson, State Secretary to the Swedish Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Communications, expressed how pleased he was that ARTEMIS and ITEA came not only as enablers but also as part of the solution.
The High Level Vision 2030 document version 2013, the joint result of the industry represented in the ARTEMIS Industry Association and ITEA, coins the term “Digital Technology” to encompass the notions of hardware, software, IT services, internal IT and embedded software. The publication focuses on seven identified areas of major change – “Grand Challenges” and the need for research and innovation in Digital Technology that will produce economic impact in terms of revenues and jobs. The global market of Digital Technology is estimated at USD 3,300 billion, corresponding to around 50 million jobs. The share of Europe in digital technologies is about 9.1 million jobs. Europe’s position is characterised by a strong presence in vertical markets. In Europe there are 0.2 million jobs in hardware, including 0.1 million in semiconductors, and 8.9 million jobs in software and services. Of these, 1.1 million are working in Embedded Systems. Within Digital Technology, ARTEMIS and ITEA are addressing innovation in Software, IT Services, Internal IT and Embedded Software, collectively denoted as ‘Software innovation’. In other words, Software innovation thus addresses a global market of around USD 2,600 billion, corresponding to 44 million jobs.
The importance of EUREKA projects in general is demonstrated by positive results and the manner in which cooperation facilitates such results. Pedro de Sampaio Nunes, Head of EUREKA Secretariat, praised ITEA for showing the way in this respect. The results of ITEA projects are also borne out in econometric evaluations. Extrapolating these results, ITEA 3 will create or maintain 44,400 jobs, generate €11.4 billion additional turnover and generate annual public tax revenue of €266 million. Based on the importance of software innovation and open innovation in general, we see plenty of opportunities to increase the size of the ITEA programme in the coming years. The target domain of ITEA 3, addressing all vertical industries and all categories of Digital Technology, offers plenty of opportunities for high-quality proposals and initiatives focused on “Seizing the high ground”.
With the arguments presented in this updated Vision 2030, ITEA and ARTEMIS Industry Association collectively request a doubling of the investment in software innovation to keep Europe on par with the rest of the world in sustaining the benefits of Digital Technology for European economy and society.
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