The report cogently underscores the genesis of the enterprise metaverse, fuelled by an escalating demand for superior digital collaboration and communication tools. It envisions an all-encompassing integration of core productivity applications that underpin business operations, ushering in a new era of next-generation virtual connectivity. In contrast, the industrial metaverse is characterised by the fusion of physical and digital realms, with a sharp focus on human augmentation in industrial applications. This entails creating digital representations of physical industrial landscapes, systems, processes, assets, and spaces that empower participants to exert control, oversee, and interact.
Inescapably, the findings resoundingly affirm the unwavering faith of companies in the transformative potential of the metaverse. Metaverse technologies have firmly entrenched themselves in the business landscape, with only a mere 2% of respondents regarding the metaverse as a mere buzzword or ephemeral trend. Remarkably, 58% of companies with future metaverse plans have already embarked on deploying or piloting at least one metaverse-related use case. Moreover, a resounding 94% of those yet to embark on their metaverse journey have concrete plans to do so within the next two years.
Businesses are unified in their assertion that the industrial metaverse yields substantial business value. On average, 80% of those who have already integrated metaverse use cases into their operations believe that these innovations will have a significant or transformational impact on their business processes. A resounding 96% of respondents recognise the potential of the metaverse, with its fusion of physical and virtual dimensions, to usher in innovative capabilities, thereby expediting the deployment, adoption, and monetisation of Industry 4.0.
An examination of key regions reveals that the United States (65%), the United Kingdom (64%), and Brazil (63%) lead the vanguard in deploying or piloting industrial and enterprise metaverse use cases. Germany, on average, stands at 53%, while the Asia-Pacific region, represented by Japan (49%) and South Korea (49%), demonstrates somewhat lesser advancement in this domain.
As for the use cases expected to deliver transformative value, enterprises identify extended reality (XR) for training as holding the greatest potential for onboarding and upskilling their workforce. Furthermore, three out of the four industries surveyed unequivocally favour the deployment of virtual research and development to enhance product design