Information and communications technology (ICT) is a key area for the Swiss economy. Almost all industries benefit from an increase in productivity resulting from ICT applications, which significantly boost the economy. New ICT solutions are willingly accepted by companies due to their efficiency and are profitably integrated into business procedures by employees with a great deal of ICT expertise. Many people in Switzerland are also very willing to use new software: Switzerland occupies third position in an international comparison relating to investments in software measured as a percentage of gross domestic product.
Employing a significant number of well-trained ICT professionals ensures that Switzerland’s economy is in an excellent starting point for further growth and innovations. Top-class specialists are also educated in the breeding grounds for talent like the computer science departments at the ETHZ and the EPFL. They often bring their new knowledge and their ideas to the market independently, which lays the ground for a dynamic start-up and spin-off scene. The environment is also excellent for the growth areas of app and games development. Companies like Google, IBM and Walt Disney have located their research centers in Switzerland due to these talent factories.