It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
Entering the new year, headlines featured news about stock market records, climate change around the globe and upcoming awards shows. Few, if any, had an inkling of what else 2020 had in store.
Suffice to say, within the next couple months, things changed and did so quickly.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended modern life in a number of ways. For many people, even something as familiar and comforting as hugging family members turned into a question mark, and for some, it remains that way.
Of course, with such an emphasis on limiting face-to-face interactions, there have been significant ramifications not just on a personal level, but for businesses as well. Companies that depend on large, in-person and front-line workforces or the global supply chain to generate much of their revenue have felt the most acute effects but there have been consequences for all organizations in some form or fashion.
For organizations undertaking digital transformation initiatives – the adoption of digital technologies to optimize or differentiate products, processes or services – the pandemic’s impact largely depends on where they are during their journey.
Companies further along have been able to pivot and respond more quickly to changes in supply and demand. For others, the pandemic has driven a level of digitalization that might not have occurred otherwise.
So, where do digital transformation efforts go from here?
On Tuesday November 10th at 11 a.m. EST, Ryan Martin of ABI Research will host Digital Transformation: What’s New, What’s Next, And What It All Means, a webcast on that very topic. To register for the webcast, click here.
Ryan, who leads ABI’s Manufacturing, Industrial and Enterprise IoT research efforts, will share his thoughts on current digital transformation trends, differences in implementation, what’s on the horizon for 2021 and more.
Along with the above, the webcast will touch on some of the key insights in ABI Research’s new whitepaper, which explores the current state of digital transformation with a particular focus on four areas:
- Internet of Things (IoT) and intelligent systems as a set of solutions that can effectively and efficiently address specific problems
- Analytics and AI as a foundation for shared data models and the emergence of digital twins/digital thread
- Augmented Reality (AR) for frontline workers and the application of spatial computing for the industrial enterprise
- Cloud and SaaS as the best model to facilitate collaboration, agility and customer satisfaction