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How has COVID-10 impacted your company’s digital transformation? | ZDNet

how has covid-10 impacted your company’s digital transformation? | zdnet

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For years, businesses have invested in digital transformation initiatives. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, those plans may have shifted in direction, accelerated, or stopped all together. TechRepublic Premium is doing a survey to learn more about how tech leaders are reimagining business for the digital age. If you’re familiar with your company’s digital transformation plans we want to hear from you. SEE: TechRepublic Premium editorial calendar: IT policies, checklists, toolkits, and research for download (TechRepublic Premium)Has COVID-19 altered your company’s digital transformation projects or priorities? Has your company experienced any digital transformation implementation challenges? Which digital technologies have delivered the biggest benefits, and which digital technologies failed to deliver promised results? Has COVID-19 altered your company’s digital transformation projects or priorities? Has your company experienced any digital transformation implementation challenges? Which digital technologies have delivered the biggest benefits, and which digital technologies failed to deliver promised results? Take the Digital transformation 2020 survey and let us know.You’ll be asked 10 or fewer survey questions, plus a couple of demographic questions. Data from this survey will be used in an upcoming TechRepublic Premium report. 

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COVID-19 presents a digital transformation opportunity for manufacturers

covid-19 presents a digital transformation opportunity for manufacturers

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Corporations realize that a much faster adoption of Industry 4.0 solutions is essential to keeping their competitive edge in the post-coronavirus era Eugene Kandel, Start-Up Nation Central, a CTech partner 17:3310.08.20 COVID-19 is changing our future by dramatically accelerating the digital transformation of our economy and society. It is affecting all areas of our lives – from healthcare, education, and social ties, to work, shopping, finance, insurance, etc. Online business meetings and conferences will be replacing much of the international travel, many office buildings will become redundant, while lessons, lectures, doctor visits, dates and even weddings and funerals will be routinely held online.

 
Professor Eugene Kandel. Photo: Michal Fattal I would like to focus my remarks on the effects of COVID-19 on manufacturing facilities and supply chains:

 Distributed supply chains are not as attractive and efficient as they once seemed – rare events can really disrupt them, and not in a good way. Countries and firms demand more resilient supply chains, including additional capacity closer to home in case of a major disruption, so as not to depend on political decisions of other countries.

 Manufacturing facilities must become much more flexible and resilient to disruptions, and allow for remote monitoring, remote management, and better …

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Adaptive networks that power your digital transformation

adaptive networks that power your digital transformation

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28m | Manul Agarwal, International Connectivity Products Lead, Telstra

Do you know the true value of SD-WAN?

Q.  Cost reduction, application performance or cloud adoption – what’s the true value of SD-WAN?
There is a strong link between network performance and success in digital transformation and corporate strategy, which attests to the importance of networks to organisations. With businesses moving more workloads to various cloud platforms and supporting a growing proportion of remote employees with ICT needs, network strategies have started to shift. When enterprises use SD-WAN as enabler to manage the right mix of connectivity – MPLS, DIA and broadband – this can help them to better provision and manage networks, especially in accommodating the many moves, adds, and changes for new workloads.
In short, SD-WAN can improve application performance to cloud services, support more resilient branch networking operations, and promote business continuity by dynamically adjusting to changing conditions. All these serve to empower business transformation.
Q.  What are the main benefits of SD-WAN?
SD-WAN is a solution recommended for enterprises looking to manage security, agility, and complexity of their business networks. Its benefits include improved application performance for a better end user experience, which can support more resilient branch networking operations. …

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Smart Digital Transformation is Imperative for the Next Normal – ET CIO

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The IT industry has seen a massive transformation in the last quarter, owing to the novel pandemic that has undoubtedly accelerated digital transformation across sectors. We see businesses prioritizing, embracing the new normal and working towards the next normal – their future roadmap strategy.To help ease the anxiety of businesses in the IT industry and help CIOs and IT leaders to take smart decisions, IDC released the 5 stages that will help flatten the business recovery curve.COVID-19 Crisis Business Priority – The crisis mode has led to organizations rip up their continuity plans and look at everything from scratchEconomic Slowdown Business Priority – In the cost-savings mode it is critical to prioritize projects/programs that can tide enterprises over this challenging period. The interest moves from exploring bleeding edge technology use cases or jump-starting any transformation programRecession Business Priority – Set to move organizations at the next level of response and understand the criticality of technology and reprioritizing the focus and investments completely different post COVID-19. Adaptability and agility are the main thrustsReturn to Growth Business Priority -Considering the phase of market volatility as opportunities that well-prepared organizations embrace and exploitThe Next Normal Business Priority – Operating as a digital enterprise …

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Lincoln Financial CIO: How we sped up digital transformation during COVID-19

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To the casual observer, the rise of digital technology during the COVID-19 crisis may resemble the remarkable “overnight success” of an athlete who makes a well-timed play during a crucial playoff game, or an actor who steps into a leading role on opening night. Of course, the success of the athlete and actor doesn’t truly happen overnight: It’s the culmination of years of preparation and hard work that enables them to succeed when opportunity calls.As I reflect on the past five months, I would make the case the same is true for the recent adoption of digital technology: The dramatic constraints of the COVID-19 crisis may have been an unprecedented opportunity to show the potential of digital transformation to enhance the customer and employee experience.
Yet at Lincoln Financial, it’s been four years of thoughtful planning and strategic investment that have allowed us to achieve record digital adoption and acceleration of our strategy in this crucial moment.  
At Lincoln, we’ve been committed to transforming a century-plus-old, Fortune 200 company to compete and lead in a rapidly changing, digital-driven environment. We’ve been focused on developing, launching and promoting better, frictionless experiences for both our employees and …

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Pandemic pushes demand for digital transformation

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Companies are hurrying to leverage digital technologies to boost efficiency and productivity while reducing costs and challenges after the pandemic.In 2019, nearly US$380 billion was spent in the Asia-Pacific region alone on technologies and services intended to promote the digital transformation of business practices, products and organizations, according to market researcher IDC. The five-year compound growth rate from 2017 to 2022 is expected to reach 17.4 percent per year.“The pandemic has promoted companies to be digitally resilient to more uncertainty before a global recovery. Many companies were forced to walk out of the comfort zone,” said Peter Herweck, executive vice president of Industrial Automation at Schneider Electric.“Companies’ recognition of digital transformation is increasing greatly due to the pandemic. We see strong demand in China as most companies here now prioritize increasing efficiency and resilience by way of digital transformation,” said Pang Xingjian, vice president of Industry Automation China at Schneider Electric.Small and medium-sized enterprises, which are more agile, can implement digital transformation better and faster, say insiders.“For SMEs, they should find the most critical need and transform step by step. It’s a long process and cannot be completed in one step,” Pang said.“For example, Schneider Electric has 23 …

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Leading Japanese Firms Plan Digital Transformation — Red Herring

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Japan’s largest corporations are planning a massive investment in digital technology, to ensure the country stays ahead of the curve amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 765 companies’ $4.45 billion funding represents an increase of 15.8% on last year’s tech investment, cementing the commitment of Japan’s private sector to technological advancement. It follows state pledges to pour millions of dollars into leading-edge IT sectors like robotics.

The list is topped by Seven & i Holdings, the owner of over 68,000 Seven-11 stores worldwide. It is ploughing $1.14bn—a near-20% increase—into dynamic pricing and delivery solutions, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

Other major investors include heavy machinery firm Kubota, and multi-industry giant Taisei. Both are setting aside cash to streamline workforce and sales pipelines.

The move comes amid a downturn in Japanese capital investment that is rattling markets. A 1.2% drop is the first since 2016, when Britain voted to leave the European Union. Despite a surprising growth of 1.8% last year, the novel coronavirus pandemic is set to squeeze Japan’s economy.

The nation has recorded 47,000 cases and a little over a thousand deaths since the pandemic began – a surprisingly low amount for a densely-populated island state of 127m people.

Nonetheless, the world’s …

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E-government growth to closely connect with smart city, digital transformation

e-government growth to closely connect with smart city, digital transformation

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According to Mr. Nguyen Phu Tien, Deputy Director General of the Authority of Information Technology Application (under MIC), to answer the request by the Government in Resolution No.01 (issued on January 1, 2020) about e-government forming, MIC has already finished the draft for e-government development strategies. The draft states that an e-government must become a pillar in the new socio-economic model in that it will closely connect with both the digital economy and society so as to customize services to the needs of each individual, business.
Therefore, this e-government needs to strongly link to digital transformation and smart city establishment and ensure cyber security as well as national digital sovereignty.
In other words, all activities of state offices must be digitalized; these offices will use suitable digital technologies and database to make sensible decisions on society management, with a clear focus on citizens and businesses; transparency in administrative procedures and citizen participation in state activities must be increased; digital culture and habits should be formed; a harmony between united and divided models must exist; and the architecture frame of the Vietnamese e-government must be strictly observed.
Certain major goals of this strategy until 2025 include 100 percent of online public services having the 1-time …

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Digital Transformation in the age of COVID-19

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Digital Transformation in the age of COVID-19 – RetailWire




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