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Facts and figures on digital transformation at small companies

How relevant is digital transformation to small Swiss companies? What are the greatest barriers and risks for them? This overview shows facts and figures from the SME transformation study.


Around 60% of the small companies surveyed have completed or are currently implementing digitization projects. For large companies, the figure stands at over 80%.

Use of new technologies

63% of SMEs have already introduced new technologies as part of their digital transformation. For large companies, the figure is 83%. 


Over 85% of the SMEs surveyed indicated that their digital transformation has an impact on their business model and internal cooperation/processes.

Corporate culture

69% of SMEs said that their digital transformation has an effect on their corporate culture.


Only 30% of SMEs are satisfied with their digitization efforts.

Source (in German):

Studie KMU-Transformation: Als KMU die Digitale Transformation erfolgreich umsetzen. Forschungsresultate und Praxisleitfaden. (SME transformation study about how to implement a digital transformation successfully as an SME.) Peter, Marc K. (ed.), FHNW School of Business, Olten, Switzerland.

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