Among the other reasons, the most frequently mentioned were efforts to comply with the requirements of applicable legislation or public administration, efforts to optimize costs and company management, efforts to save time or efforts to protect the environment. Given the above findings, the fact that more than half of the respondents (58%) mention that they do not have a designated specialist for digitalization is worth noting. Twenty-nine percent (29%) of respondents have an internal employee for digitalization, the rest use the services of external consultants. Medium (40%) and large (54%) companies have their own dedicated staff. The vast majority of company representatives consider the digital competen- cies of their employees to be at least satisfactory (75% of respondents, of which 12% consider them to be very good). The lower level of competencies was found not quite surprisingly in companies that are mainly engaged in agriculture or pro- duction. This issue is connected with whether the company sends employees for additional training in the field of ICT – here 61% of respondents gave a positive answer, with 22% concerning regular retraining. It is worth noting that 10% of re- spondents state that they do not have sufficient financial resources to strength- en ICT competencies (12% of small companies vs. 8% of large companies). As mentioned above, one of the engines of digitalization of companies is the requirements of business partners. Therefore, the question arises as to the level of digitalization of business partners in the supply chain . According to the respondents, a similar level of digitalization prevails (62% of respondents) with 21% of respondents believing that business partners are digitalized at a higher level (as many as 26% of respondents in the field of services). The second part of this research focused on the digitalization plan in the company . Fifty-one percent (51%) of respondents view digitalization of their company as a key or at least high priority – this trend is especially evident in commercial companies (62% of respondents), less so in companies operating in the field of production and agriculture (44% of respondents). At the same time, it is a high priority topic, especially for medium and large companies (60% of respondents), less so for small companies (46% of respondents). Yet, from this point of view, the lack of any strategic approach to digitalizing the company (64% of respondents) among the vast majority of respondents is unexpected and startling – only 8% of respondents have a solution from the parent company, or 10% of respondents have their own solution. Therefore, an interesting correlation matrix is offered between the two previ- ous questions: Priority maximum high medium low We have no strategy or plan. 45% 49% 77% 96% We have a step-by-step process plan for digitalization. 7% 26% 16% 4% We have a long-term refined strategy. 48% 25% 7% 0%


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