São Paulo, January 2023
Deloitte and ELDORADO are launching the second edition of the survey that aims to assess the interest of companies in Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) in the area of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Brazil. During the survey, which had the participation of 102 companies, hypotheses were raised and validated on how open innovation and ICT technologies are being discussed and applied in the market.
Investments made by companies with RD&I in ICT has increased in the country in the last three years. In addition, companies are more favorable to the practice of open innovation and interaction with the ecosystem, as shown in the report “RD&I and open innovation in Brazil – Research, Development and Innovation practices in Information and Communication Technology.”
Investment in ICT RD&I activities rose from 45% in 2019 to 69% of the companies surveyed in 2022, with good prospects for the future, with 51% of companies intending to increase investments in the next three years and another 37% betting on the maintenance of the resources already invested, regardless of the use of incentive and development laws. The main reasons for this are the need to keep up with the market and competitors, improving consumer experience and improving profitability.
According to the survey, 56% of the companies that carry out RD&I in ICT use incentive and development laws for investments, which are more frequently used by organizations with higher revenues. Among companies that do not use incentive and development laws, 39% are not aware of these resources. In addition, smaller companies tend to use incentive laws less, which opens the possibility of thinking about policies to include them in the initiatives. The survey shows that there is an opportunity to make development laws more known and, eventually, more flexible, or expand them to benefit more companies.
The survey also shows that 78% of companies that carry out RD&I in ICT practice open innovation activities. With open innovation, companies seek new technological trends, technological knowledge and the incorporation of new market knowledge into their business.
The results obtained with open innovation initiatives mainly include the creation of new products and services (67%) and efficiency gains in operations (64%).
“The practice of innovation, especially when done in partnership with its ecosystem, generates direct benefits for the company, with improvement of its operational performance, and also for the market and its customers, through the emergence of new offers. Through open innovation, companies speed up the analysis and adoption of new technologies and find it easier to incorporate new market knowledge into their businesses, compared to companies that carry out only closed innovation,” says Alex Castroneves, Strategy & Business Design partner at Deloitte.
The survey also shows that, among open innovation activities, 79% of companies hire external RD&I suppliers, including science and technology institutes (ICTs). In addition, 49% of companies hold shares in startups.
“The increase in investments in RD&I and open innovation practices in ICT shows the maturity of Brazil’s innovation ecosystem. The participation of ICTs in RD&I and open innovation brings to companies the latest technological trends to be applied in the creation of new products, services and operational efficiency gains. In addition, ICTs are catalysts for important RD&I developments and incentives available in Brazil to accelerate innovation,” says Roberto Soboll, superintendent of ELDORADO Institute.
The survey “RD&I and open innovation in Brazil – Research, Development and Innovation practices in Information and Communication Technology” was carried out between June 24 and July 17, 2022. In all, 102 companies from 14 Brazilian states responded to the electronic questionnaire. 63% of respondents work in innovation, information technology or strategy areas. About 77% of companies are national, while 23% are multinational business from various sectors and with different revenue ranges.
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A benchmark in Research, Development and Innovation in Brazil, ELDORADO has over 23 years of experience in creating innovative solutions for domestic and international companies in the segments of Information and Communication Technology, Automotive, Agribusiness, Energy, Oil & Gas, Health and 4.0 Industry. Present in the cities of Campinas, Manaus, Porto Alegre and Brasília, ELDORADO has world-class laboratories, playing a major role in open innovation and in attracting incentives and development for the execution of projects. The Institute has more than 1,800 professionals specializing in key areas, such as Microelectronics, Development of Hardware and Software Solutions, Tests and Certifications, in addition to Technological Training. ELDORADO invests heavily in generating knowledge and training its team to promote differentiated results for its clients. ELDORADO is a member of EARTO (European Association of Research and Technology Organisations). For more information, visit: www.eldorado.org.br.