Management and technology consultancy BearingPoint has today announced results from its 2022 Digital Leaders in Ireland study. This latest study reveals how businesses in Ireland have made considerable progress on the digital maturity path, as the country moves to third place in the ranking when compared with the other 10 countries in the study.
BearingPoint’s 2022 Digital Leaders study assessed 679 companies (35 Irish, 644 European and UK and 50 from US) against criteria related to four dimensions of digitalization; digital product experience, e-commerce, e-CRM and digital marketing.
Countries and companies representing various industry sectors were scored on a scale ranging from ‘Failed’ (0) to ‘Outstanding’ (5). Ireland achieved an overall average score of 3.43 for their digital maturity, moving up the ranking to third place when compared to the other 10 countries in the study. The country comparison was scored by analyzing the top 30 companies in each country.
The BearingPoint 2022 digital leaders study found digital leadership in 2022 required a mastery of personalisation, customer centricity, innovation delivery and linking data and technology, while addressing real-world challenges. Digital-leading companies focus on 5 key actions:
Placing customers at the centre of value propositions; Generating a positive emotional response through all interactions with customers and networks; Delivering value with a suite of advanced technology that synchronizes activities and leverages data centricity; Innovating in all aspects of their ecosystem; Integrating ethics, sustainability, and a broad world view in day-to-day activities.
Virgin Media achieved the highest rating as a digital leader in Ireland with an average score of 3.67, demonstrating their continued investment in digital experiences. They were followed by AXA (3.51) and Three (3.5) among the top three companies in the Irish study.
Five industry sectors were assessed in Ireland covering: Banking, Telco, Insurance, Energy and Media. The findings from the study in Ireland indicate that the majority of industries saw their scores increase this year. The Telco sector emerged as Ireland’s most digitally mature industry from the 2022 study scoring 3.5 overall. This was followed by the Insurance sector (3.10) and the Energy sector (3.10). Banking achieved an overall score of 3.00 having been rated the most digitally mature industry for the previous two years.
Within each of the five sectors that were assessed in Ireland, Revolut scored the highest in the banking sector with a score of 3.42. SSE Airtricity topped the ranking in the energy sector scoring 3.43. AXA came out on top in the Insurance sector with 3.51, while RTE ranked number one in the media sector with a score of 3.04. Virgin Media received the highest score in the Telco sector with the highest ranking of any Irish company with 3.67.
Significant year-on-year improvements can be seen across all four dimensions of digitalisation in Ireland. Digital Product Experience maintained its position as the strongest performing of the dimensions scoring the highest at 3.50. E-Commerce however scored the lowest in Ireland with a score of 2.56.
Commenting on the findings of the 2022 Digital Leaders in Ireland study, Gillian O’Sullivan, Country Leader for BearingPoint in Ireland said: “There’s no doubt that mastering digital is essential if organisations want to embrace business transformation, develop long-lasting client relationships and boost revenue. What makes a digital leader naturally changes over time, but our study has highlighted the key themes which are prevalent today; customer centricity, personalisation, data centricity, innovation and sustainability. These actions – in combination – are what contributes to organisational success.”
She added: “It is very encouraging to see Irish companies performing so well this year when compared to their counterparts in other countries. It is a real sign that Irish business leaders are committed and more fully invested in the digital transformation of their businesses to better equip them for the challenges they are facing.”
Performance by Digital Dimension
The Digital marketing assessment, which is based on a company’s ability to reach potential customers with the help of affiliate marketing, search engine marketing and use of owned media saw an average score for Ireland of 2.99.
Telco was the most advanced industry sector in Digital marketing in Ireland, with a score of 3.82, followed by Energy (3.07) and Banking (2.85). Sky was the top rated company for Digital marketing maturity at 4.6.
Digital Product Experience
The Digital product experience assessment, which evaluates companies’ websites’ functionality, design and content, recorded an average overall score for Ireland of 3.50.
Telco was the most advanced sector for Digital product experience scoring 3.57. Insurance and Energy were also rated among the top three, both scoring 3.52. Aviva was the top-rated company for Digital product experience at 4.2.
The E-commerce assessment, which evaluates a company’s ability to sell and support via digital channels, was the digital dimension with the lowest score for Ireland, coming in at an average score for Ireland of 2.56.
Telco was rated as the most advanced industry sector on the E-commerce dimension, with a score of 3.11, followed by Insurance (3.00) and Banking (2.70). AXA was the top-rated company for E-commerce maturity at 4.1.
The E-CRM assessment, which evaluates a company’s ability to maintain and deepen its customer relationships in digital channels, including customer service, recorded a score of 2.79.
After Telco (3.03), the industry sectors of Energy (2.99) and Banking (2.83) were the top three most digitally mature sectors on the E-CRM dimension. Bank of Ireland was the top-rated company for E-CRM maturity at 3.7.
E-CRM had the most significant improvement of the four dimensions in Ireland year on year as it ranked lowest in the 2021 study. Across many of the Irish companies included in the report, we can see the majority improved on their customer service scores from 2021.
The aim of the Digital Leaders Study is to gain an understanding of companies’ digital maturity across different industries, as well as to review the opportunities and challenges that arise from digitalisation.
To learn more about who and what the leading Irish companies are doing across the respective digital dimensions, please download the full 2022 Digital Leaders Study at: