VIDEO: Digital Transformation Why Businesses Governments Must Change With Smart Cities, 4IR, AI, Blockchain

By Dinis Guarda - Nov 09, 2020

Digital Transformation Why Businesses Governments Must Change with Smart Cities, 4IR, AI, Blockchain

There is no alternative to digital transformation. The challenge and opportunity is: how to do it?

As per George Westerman, MIT Sloan Initiative on the Digital Economy: “When digital transformation is done right, it’s like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, but when done wrong, all you have is a really fast caterpillar.” Governments and businesses have to urgently carve out new digital transformation strategic options for themselves. There is no doubt those that who don’t change or adapt, will fail.

But the challenge is bigger and bigger as we get into the 4IR - 4th Industrial Revolution. At least 40% of all businesses will die in the next 10 years if they don’t figure out how to change, adapt their entire strategies - companies to accommodate, use new technologies in their day to day lives. Our era of disruptive technologies is changing, and is about learning - relearning, even if what businesses knew previously brought them success.

TheFourth Industrial Revolution is more than just about digital transformation 360 or technology. 4IR is about being able to continually change, learn, relearn, partner & keep transforming. It is about to keep moving!

Businesses, SMEs are the backbone of the economy – they account for 65% of net new jobs – and they not only need to keep up with technological developments but also with the rising consumer trends. Businesses have to be able to create interactive ecosystems and communities with their products & solutions! In the UK alone there are over 5.7 million small and medium businesses, 32 million SMEs in the USA. In 2016, the number of companies in China was 77,469,000. And in the world the number goes to 430 million! However, 90% don't have a website! Multiple research estimate that half of the activities & more than 800 occupations people are paid to do globally will be automated using the current existing technologies by 2030. In this world dominated by data & continuum digital transformation innovation, businesses & governments need to faster keep adapting - upgrading and creating digital-based sustainable models if they are to thrive. Most businesses and Governments aren’t prepared for digital transformation - 4IR - AI at all.

At least 50% to 60% of all businesses will die in the next 10 years… if they don’t figure out how to change, digital transform their companies, employees to accommodate new technologies & accelerated change. Businesses & governments will have to learn how to use these tools more than being overwhelmed by them. That starts with education, re-learn, accept the change and see digital as the new normal. The DNA of our times.

“90% of CEOs believe the digital economy will impact their industry, but less than 15% are executing on a digital strategy.” — MIT Sloan and Capgemini. The impact of 4IR technologies - digital transformation on businesses / Governments will be about how fast and flexible they can execute, move - change. Smart governments and smart cities, AI, blockchain, fintech are still in its inception. But these technologies are mostly tools. The businesses and Governments that don't digital transform, use these tools right will disappear as old dinossaurs, no matter how big or small they are! Are you ready?

openbusinesscouncil Summit: Educating Businesses and Governments about Digital Transformation and 4IR

Digital events are one of those tools that have been one of the most effective to educate audiences from all sectors about the potential solutions of this future. This is precisely what openbusinesscouncil summit aims to offer on December 9-10.

openbusinesscouncil Summit: Educating Businesses and Governments about Digital Transformation and 4IR

The openbusinesscouncil summit is a cutting-edge global virtual event over two days that aims to strengthen businesses, startups and government's strategies. Gathering access to a unique audience of 100+ leading global speakers from over 30 countries, the openbusinesscouncil summit offers action plans to deal with the challenges arising from COVID-19 given all the economic and technology disruptions. With businesses and startups facing uncertain times, forecasts of a recession with a drop in sales and limited funding, this summit will kick off by addressing today’s most pressing challenges and identify what’s next for industry and businesses.

The two-day summit, on December 9-10, will provide access to an unique audience of potential partners and clients which include leading global thought leaders, entrepreneurs, startup organisations, accelerators, investors, authors and governments.

The summit has a solid focus on businesses and governments’ digital transformation strategies, and it will provide a road map of solutions, covering opportunities of how to work and collaborate as governments, businesses, cities, citizens and nations move forward with 4IR – Society 5.0. The summit will provide an international business and brand exposure through our media partners.

The openbusinesscouncil summit program includes the leading speakers, VCs and entrepreneurs in Digital transformation, AI, Blockchain, COVID19 Impact, Smart Cities, Automation, Fintech, Data, Privacy & Cybersecurity, Corporate Innovation, and more.

The program offers keynote and panels with speakers, Ministers and representatives of European Union, Malaysia, Pakistan, Mauritius, Portugal, Scotland, UK, World Smart City Forum with global influencers and academics such as Debra Ruh, Yu Xiong, Antonio Santos, Efi Pylarinou, representatives from InvestHK, MDEC, UNESCO, Tencent, Siemens, SOSV, Hyundai, Deloitte, and many of the biggest VCs, Fintechs and the fastest-growing startups.

The summit will be online streamed in Dinis Guarda citiesabc openbusinesscouncil Youtube Podcast Series,, Periscope and major social media channels.

Register now here.

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