In previous industrial revolutions, Spain has not had a significant role in previous industrial revolutions. Noe it has the opportunity of leading the digital transformation and heading a change that is already a reality. Now is the time to face the stage we are living in a different way to be successful. Because, currently, Spanish companies are clearly behind those of the rest of the world in digitization. 76 percent of the companies did not pass their degree of digital maturity, according to a study published by Inesdi and Incipy, in collaboration with Indigital Advantage, to evaluate the level of digitization of companies.

Nevertheless, some figures do not leave any doubt. Digitized companies are ten percent more productive, export double the amount and duplicate creation of employment, according to the CEOE [Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organizations]. This means that, by 2020, the Spanish Gross Domestic Product could increase by 35,000 million Euros. Therefore, Spain cannot stay behind in this revolution that is already underway.

If transformation doesn’t happen, neither does progress. Constructing the pillars giving support to the future is very important, because the future is promising and we need to be in the lead. Spain cannot compete with cheap labor costs, it has to give value to its ideas, its technology, its added value, its innovation and its flexibility. To obtain this challenge, foresight, strategic deployment and being very consistent is needed.

The five main and priority lines of actuation to act consequently with this digitization of companies strategy are as follows: strengthening of international relationships and learning of the best international practices in digitization; a 4.0 model of industrial governance focused on public-private sectors to generate awareness and sensitization about the size and impact of the project; co-creation with the industrial network in order that digital transformation reaches both large companies and small and medium sized companies; involvement of all activating technologies of 4.0 industry (Internet of Things, cloud computing, additive manufacturing, cybersecurity, bid data, mobile robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, etc.) and influence for adequate realization of the necessary infrastructures for digitization; and development of digital talent as a key to success in this new era.

Preparing a strategy based on Talent 4.0 is also necessary. Firstly, identifying the digital map and profiles that are going to be needed in the medium and long run for consistently deploying your strategic sight of digital transformation. If this exercise is done from a systemic perspective, that is, in the light of not only your demands and of the offer of talent currently on the market but also of medium and long term needs of the 4.0 Industry ecosystem at local, national and international levels, there will be immediate awareness of the immense ‘gap’ of digital talent existing between offer and demand, and of the enormous opportunity and challenge that talent development means in the current context of this new era.

To massively sensitize and resolve this deficit of digital talent, AMETIC has launched the ‘Alliance for Development of Digital Talent’, a platform for the creation of a national 4.0 talent promotion based on a model of open innovation and collaboration of all stakeholders.

Spain must compete to become a reference in this league, commitment to development of technology and talent is a key point for the evolution of our country and for the attraction of new investments.