A majority of German companies still feels they don't need external help as they work on digital transformation. But there are indications that more companies will be looking for guidance in the near term.

According to a new poll by Bitkom, Germany's high-tech association, 56 pc of companies feel they don't need external consultants to accompany the digitalization process. One out of three said they had already called in consultants, while 15 pc plan to do so in the future.

Bitkom interviewed executives at 505 companies with more than 20 employees.

Although companies looking for outside expertise are in the minority, Bitkom noted that more companies are inclined to do so now than a year ago.

Those that already had recruited external consultants rose to 28 pc of the total from 21 pc and those planning to do so increased to 15 pc from 7 pc.

Furthermore, the number of companies not interested in recruiting digital consultants dropped to 56 pc from 72 pc a year earlier.

"Companies are increasing their digitalization measures," Bitkom President Achim Berg said in a press release.

He added that outside expertise can be especially valuable, "when we're talking about the development of totally new digital business models, rather than just the digitalization of business processes."

-By Arjen Bongard