Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 59 | Page 31

“ Until now , enterprise transformation projects have focused primarily on optimising business processes . The coming energy transition will impact digital best practices and processes and will prove an important competitive differentiator for firms that are first to embrace that approach ,” according to Rich Karpinski , Senior Analyst , 451 Research , part of S & P Global Market Intelligence .
Sector research findings
Building owners and operators made clear power optimisation and ESG reporting are critical issues . Sustainability is the top goal for this sector , prioritised by 46 % of the sector respondents . Yet , building owners are skeptical that smart building initiatives will pay off : the top digital challenges include calculating a favourable cost / benefit analysis ( cited by 52 % building survey respondents ) and a lack of pressing digital use cases ( 45 %).
Industrials have focused digitalisation efforts on perennial challenges like addressing skilled worker shortages . Yet , digitalisation addressing energy transition lags . Only 24 % of industrials cited energy and power concerns as a key digital driver for industrial transformation . For industrials to maintain or gain a competitive upper hand , applying digitalisation to the energy transition will be a key advantage .
Data centres have embraced digitalisation and are now looking for next-generation digital opportunities to either streamline operations or generate revenue to create competitive advantages . Next-step goals involve increasing use of renewables , cited by 50 % of data centre owners ; improving energy storage , according to 47 % of respondents ; and making money selling power back to the grid , chosen by 34 %.
Utilities are facing massive shifts in energy generation as renewables increase along with the need for increased digital intelligence . Digital Transformation is essential to new business models and revenue sources , including support for electric vehicles ( EV ) through customer EV-charging needs ( identified by 49 % of utility respondents ) or EV charging stations themselves ( cited by 45 %). p
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