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In brief

In brief

  • Technology changes the way we engage with the world and is becoming a lifeline for economies, governments, companies and people.
  • Over 6,000 business and IT executives shared their insights into the adoption and use of emerging technologies.
  • The research helped identify 5 key themes and priorities for technology adoption and investment that are essential as the use of connected technology.


After the huge disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, companies are looking to get back on course and, importantly, build for the future. The semiconductor industry is no different. As technology is becoming a lifeline to see and understand the world, semiconductors are a crucial part of providing that lifeline.

The need for digital transformation leadership

87%

of semiconductor executives agree that COVID-19 has been a stress test on the largest imaginable scale.

95%

of semiconductor executives agree their organization is operating with a renewed sense of purpose this year.

1. Stack Strategically

Technology architecture matters more than ever

90%

Almost all of the semiconductor executives surveyed agree that their technology architecture is becoming critical to their organization’s overall success, vs. 77% of executives across industries.

49%

of executives project that more than half of their businesses will be in the cloud in a year— but 98% project this will happen in the next 3 years.

2. Mirrored world

Powering new possibilities through a digital-physical world

Digital twin usage

Semiconductor industry All industries
For strategy development 54% 29%
To improve operations 54% 32%
To develop new business models 46% 27%
For cybersecurity 41% 27%
Every leader is a technology leader.

3. I, technologist

Placing the power of tech in everyone’s hand

  • 54% of semiconductor executives said that their organization has invested in low-code/no-code platforms as a tool for the technology democratization of their non-IT workforce.
  • 79% of semiconductor executives agree that their organization must train their people to think like technologists, i.e., to use and customize technology at the individual level even without highly technical skills.

4. Anywhere, everywhere

Moving from bring-your-own-device (BYOD) to bring your-own-environment (BYOE)

Cloud-enabled architecture

Productivity management tools Learning or training tools Cloud enabled tools Digital collaboration tools
Semiconductor 46% 54% 56% 57%
Global 41% 39% 48% 47%
Ninety-two percent of semiconductor executives claim that 10-40% of their workforce was working remotely a year ago. 74% of them project that this workforce will still be working remotely a year later.

5. From me to we

Multiplying the impact of complex ecosystems through multiParty systems (MPS)

66%

of semiconductor executives report that the #1 element driving an increase in technology-enabled systems is a better understanding of how to make them successful.

93%

of semiconductor executives agree that MPS are poised to become the center of commerce, supply chain and all other transactions among the partners and customers.

90%

of semiconductor executives agree that blockchain provides an unparalleled resilience to supply chains and the corresponding MPS.

Syed Alam

Managing Director – Strategy & Consulting, Semiconductor, Global Lead


Samridhi Chopra

Research Senior Analyst


Hiroyuki Okabe

Manager – Accenture Research

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