Technica Radar

The most important IT trends for Swiss SMEs in 2024

Which IT technologies, tools and trends should Swiss SMEs focus on? The bbv Technica Radar provides an answer. It visualises IT and developer trends specifically for Switzerland.

In the fast-moving world of IT, it is almost impossible for IT decision-makers and developers to keep track of all the relevant or new technologies and trends.

With the Technica Radar, bbv summarises the latest developments in IT every year, reflecting expert opinions and presenting studies and recommendations from market research companies or the federal government.

Its clear focus on the Swiss market and the needs of SMEs distinguishes Technica Radar from other international trend barometers.

This makes the Technica Radar a pragmatic tool for IT decision-makers and software developers in Switzerland. The information collected and processed is intended to support decision-making and serve as a basis for discussion in SMEs.

Interview: «Many SMEs get lost in their data»

Interview: «Many SMEs get lost in their data»

Security, data strategies and artificial intelligence: these three topics shape bbv's Technica Radar 2024. Marco Ravicini and Patrick Labud of the CTO Board talk about «AI-as-a-colleague», stolen customer data and the impact of the EU's Cyber Resilience Act on Swiss SMEs.

Read the interview (in German)

These topics should be on the CTO agenda in 2024

Evolution instead of revolution: this applies to most of the topics that bbv’s Technica Radar has tracked down. Artificial intelligence, security and data strategies are topics that no one in Switzerland can avoid at the moment. But what about no code/low code or platform engineering? bbv presents the most important trends from the Technica Radar 2024.

Artificial intelligence is currently dominating the public debate like no other technology. AI is supposed to make people more efficient and productive, while at the same time solving the shortage of skilled labour.

In an interview for the latest Technica Radar, bbv’s CTO Board puts the AI hype into perspective. Its conclusion: AI is a useful helper (AI-as-a-colleague) and will be indispensable for most companies and software development. However, humans will remain the final decision-makers for a long time to come.

New regulations are forcing companies to take action when it comes to IT security. One example is the EU’s Cyber Resilience Act (CRA), which will come into force in the next few years. It will require companies to report IT vulnerabilities and cyber attacks.

The CRA also focuses on the so-called Software Bill of Materials (SBOM). Software manufacturers must list all software components, libraries and modules used in the SBOM. The list helps to check the components for known vulnerabilities. Swiss companies with customers or suppliers in the EU are also affected by the CRA.

A data strategy is an organisation’s definition of what it wants to do with the data it collects. It is a prerequisite for collecting high-quality data, linking it intelligently and monetising it.

Awareness of data strategy and effective data management is growing, especially in light of artificial intelligence. All too often, inadequate data management, poor data quality and decentralised data silos prevent organisations from realising the full potential of their data.

The goal of low-code or no-code is to create applications with little or no programming expertise. The possibilities are growing constantly. Low and no-code applications can help to rapidly prototype, reduce development time and streamline workflows.

A common platform of tools, services and technologies helps development teams to develop, test, deploy and operate software more efficiently. Platform engineering is the keyword and a trend that will continue in 2024.

Finally, resilient systems will also play a key role in 2024. They will prioritise the security of critical applications or data, preventing the entire organisation from being affected in the event of an incident.

Extensive research, assessments and discussions are necessary before the Technica Radar is available. bbv’s CTO Board (right) continuously collects and analyses information on the latest trends in what is known as Technica Scouting.

The experts and members of the CTO Board gather experience at conferences and participate in communities and user groups. They monitor the competition and customers’ domains and conduct scientific research to find out what is moving the academic side of IT.

The CTO Board also takes into account trend barometers, studies by market research companies such as Gartner or ThoughtWorks, business-oriented publications such as Forbes, and the IT recommendations of the federal government.

The CTO Board then categorises the information gathered and classifies the various technologies according to their economic potential and maturity. “We analyse all the information, weigh it up and adapt it to the Swiss market. Not every global hype is immediately relevant to us,” explains Marco Ravicini.

Technica Radar Process
The Technica Radar is created in four steps. At the heart is the Technica Scouting.

Want to know which new technologies are relevant to your business? Book a consultation:


    Axel Hohnberg

    Service Unit Manager

    bbv Switzerland

    +41 41 429 01 87

    Marco Ravicini

    Senior Software Architect

    bbv Switzerland


    Patrick Labud

    Senior Consultant

    bbv Schweiz


    Stefan Häberling

    Service Unit Manager

    bbv Switzerland

    +41 41 429 01 01


    Sorry, so far we got only content in German for this section.