Results of the 2014 Survey on IT Use- Only 20% of companies make efforts for Competitive IT Strategies -
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) conducts the Survey on IT Use every year in order to ascertain the actual status of information processing in private enterprises and has just compiled the results of the 2014 Survey on IT Use.
1. Targets of the Survey
The target businesses are 11,730 private business operators with a stated capital of 30 million yen or more and employing 50 or more employees in 26 types of business as classified in the Japan Standard Industrial Classification.
(The number of enterprises that responded was 5,222: a response rate of 44.5%.)
2. Overview of the survey results
(1) Status of Competitive IT Strategies
Concerning the creation of new business models and expansion of business fields, 42.7% of the enterprises did not use IT practically, and 34.4% of the enterprises only used IT practically for some business departments, which means that 77.1% of the enterprises couldn’t undertake Competitive IT Strategies (Note 1). On the contrary, 19.3% of the enterprises used IT practically for the entire enterprise, and 3.5% of the enterprises used IT practically in interactions between companies and industries, which means that the enterprises that could undertake Competitive IT Strategies were only 22.8% of the total.
Creation of new business models and expansion of business fields through practical use of IT
(Note 1) Competitive IT Strategies
Competitive IT Strategies are methods for management that aggressively invest in and use IT practically in order to increase profit and make innovations in business.
As for the development of human resources who are responsible for the practical use of IT, 46.7% of the enterprises did not really conduct such activities, and 32.4% of the enterprises did it only for their IT departments, which revealed that 80.0% of the enterprises couldn’t make sufficient efforts for the development of human resources. In addition, 18.0% of the enterprises undertook programs for management and employees, and only 2.1% of the enterprises undertook development of new human resources such as data analysts.
Development of human resources related to practical use of IT
(2) Status of Utilization of Cloud Computing
Based on the percentages of cloud computing-related expenses, it can be seen that the use of cloud computing has tended to increase, but only 35.2% of the enterprises use cloud computing. As for the question about future plans for use of cloud computing, 34.8% of the enterprises answered that they had no plan to implement it.
Trends in the percentage of enterprises that incurred expenses
related to cloud computing
Future plans for use of cloud computing
(3) Status of use of smartphones and tablets for business
Business use of smartphones and tablets, particularly use of tablet terminals, has steadily increased in business, and the percentage of enterprises using them has reached 50%. The issue is that concerns about security were at a high level.
Ratio of enterprises that use smartphones and/or tablets for business
and trends in this ratio
Issues around the business use of smartphones and tablets
This survey summarizes the status of other matters including intentions for and effectiveness of IT investments, appointment of CIOs, information processing-related expenses, and information security.
3. Survey web site
The survey results are available on the web site below.
http://www.meti.go.jp/statistics/zyo/zyouhou/ (in Japanese)
June 4, 2015
Division in Charge
Information Service Industry Division, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau