The Covid-19 pandemic has completely disrupted the business landscape. It has forced office closures and social distancing, which in turn has led to job losses, market volatility, and supply chain disruption.
For the technology industry, it also had the effect of bringing forward a decade’s worth of innovation, as enterprises utilised technology to achieve business resilience and look for new competitive advantages. As noted in a McKinsey report from June: “In our recent survey, more than 90 per cent of the executives said they expect the fallout from Covid-19 to fundamentally change the way they do business over the next five years, with almost as many asserting that the crisis will have a lasting impact on their customers’ needs.”
A big part of that change is digital transformation.
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