COVID-19 is an unprecedented crisis in the history of the human race and has gripped the entire world by an immense unpleasant surprise. In the midst of this crisis, the main difficulty for the global economy was to sustain the continuity of the business in the lockdown. Some organizations prepared themselves to tackle the crisis, while the others bewildered initially but ultimately came to terms with it.
In the wake of COVID-19 crisis, technology has accelerated at a rapid pace and has impacted digital transformation trends. The underpinnings of digital transformation are innovation, and this has allowed the organizations to compete, modify, and outperform.
Here are some of the digital transformation trends that have emerged or accelerated during this crisis.
COVID-19 and 5G
The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the demand for faster connectivity, as employees have to work from home, and for that, they need better networks. The 5G network development is progressing ahead, despite the coronavirus. A lot of telcos are on the way to achieve or exceed the 5G implementation goals. The 5G deployments are taking place very rapidly.
Additionally, the 5G technology is being put to work in many places. In some countries, hospitals are employing robots powered by 5G to monitor the temperatures and other health applications of the patients. In the upcoming months, 5G will boom, and 2021 will be a massive year for this technology.
WiFi 6: Coming Soon
WiFi 6 is the next generation of WiFi connectivity. 5G technology and WiFi 6 will create a perfect combination of ultra-fast connectivity. With WiFi 6, people can expect up to 3x faster download speeds than was achievable with WiFi 5. Along with this, WiFi 6 means faster connectivity and processing in the home, workplace, and entertainment center, instead of remotely connected IoT devices.
Analytics is a Competitive Advantage
Organizations that have not invested in analytics in 2020 will probably not be in the market in 2021. As the organizations are re-opening, they are using analytics and data for contact tracing and in making decisions in the workplace. Several big tech organizations such as Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, HPE, and Cisco, are developing data-driven tools so that they can safely bring employees back to work.
In this period of crisis, data and analytics are used to make critical and life-saving business decisions. Massive investment from organizations in data and analytics capabilities are expected to empower faster and smarter organizations in the economic strains of the 2020’s Global Pandemic.
AI and Machine Learning
Data and analytics without the proper technology to analyze it is of no use. If the organization is investing in data and analytics, it is crucial to invest in AI and machine learning, so that the organization can gain insights into the information and data set that they have collected.
In this period when workers are unable to be physically present in the workplace, RPA, and Intelligent Process Automation (IPA) are the only things that helped in keeping the organization running. In the upcoming years, more and more organizations will offload a lot of tasks to assure that business runs smoothly even if the next global disruption happens. RPA and IPA are not the displacements of work, but about the automating and leveling of the mundane tasks.
Microsoft Conversational AI is working astonishingly hard to create a program that can not just hear accurately but will understand complex conversations and the nuances of emotions. All these things will continue to improve with time.
COVID-19 pandemic has made things move faster. The digital transformation will continue to develop in the near future as COVID-19 continues to spread. In the upcoming times, a lot of organizations will discover better ways to use digital technologies, and the economy will bounce back stronger.