As South Africa develops and deepens its rapidly growing relationship with digital transformation, there remains one irrefutable, essential and pressing truth: connectivity is the gateway to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
It was, along with the country’s need for a sustainable and consistent power supply, a dominant theme across all of the panels at the recent annual Directors Event futured by BCX. A gathering of some of the sharpest minds from business and society, ‘South Africa’s biggest board meeting’, as it is known, was held virtually for the first time, demonstrating and emphasising the point that without a wider and stronger access to the internet, the take-up of 4IR in this country will face a battle.
There is nothing new about digital transformation. While the term was coined back in 2011, the process of using digital technology to optimise your business goes back at least to the end of the last millennium.
Despite this, and despite the acknowledgement by just about everyone that industries need to integrate technology into their systems in order to grow and thrive in the modern world, true digital transformation has, more often than not, been viewed as a grudge purchase rather than a business opportunity.
Communication has always been an integral part of human connection. This ability essentially defines our nature as a social species.
The last five or so years have seen an explosion of social collaboration tools, so how do you ensure they’re used effectively within your organisation, instead of being abused by employees?