After to Beyond: Acceleration of Digital Transformation in Beyond-Corona era

2020.05.12

Overview
The rapid expansion of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), which has become an urgent issue worldwide, has caused a great deal of damage to society, economy, life, culture and values in every country and region. In the 21st century, the so-called “VUCA*1” became the norm, and in addition to the global pandemic like this time, it was warned that actions would continue to expose the risks of disruption to normal activities in all countries and regions by sudden international conflict, large-scale climate change and disasters, and serious terrorism including cyber-attacks. The phrases "with corona (coexistence with corona)" and "after corona (post-corona)" that have already been proposed in some parts symbolize the arrival of such a new era.
We confront this reality and seriously recognizing it as our own issues, we will develop Digital Transformation (DX)*2 for Beyond-Corona *3 with customers all over the world. We are going to declare here as follows.
*1 Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity are the words that connect the initials, and the meaning of the state / situation including all of these is.
*2 The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry "DX Promotion Guideline" (December 2018) stated, "Companies respond to drastic changes in the business environment and utilize data and digital technologies to transform products, services and the business model based on the needs of customers and society. In addition, companies establish a competitive advantage by transforming the business itself, organization, process, corporate culture. ”
*3 It is a coined word by our company that means "After overcoming Corona (virus) disaster"
Actions
With a focus on short-term, mid to long-term social and economic trends that may occur in Beyond-Corona, we will steadily develop how we will work with customers around the world on DX.
Trend on social and economic change in the Beyond-Corona era
We have derived to the following 8 social and economic trends of Beyond-Corona from the workshops attended by in-house experts and online discussions.
  1. 1.
    Changes in hygiene awareness and the practice of avoiding closeness / crowding
  2. 2.
    Accelerating the spread of remoteness and automation
  3. 3.
    Prompt computerization of communication and commerce
  4. 4.
    A new power balance that emerges during the economic downturn and recovery
  5. 5.
    Reconstruction of space to ensure supple redundancy
  6. 6.
    Reorganization of congested network infrastructure
  7. 7.
    Rebuild robust production and supply chain
  8. 8.
    Finding ways to eliminate stress caused by changes in the interpersonal environment
Our Messages
These are the three basic messages of Beyond-Corona based on social and economic trends.
  1. 1.
    Arrival of new globalization
    Eliminating the barriers in the movement of people, goods, and money, we have aimed to improve the efficiency of production and logistics. The fragility of such globalization has been exposed, which is a new globalization that balances economic efficiency and redundancy. A mechanism is needed. To achieve this, we will utilize advanced optimization technologies such as AI.
  2. 2.
    Exploring the ideal state of a resilient society, city, and industry on the premise of a crisis
    We support construction and its operation of social infrastructure that allows people's lives and social and economic activities to continue without failure, no matter what the circumstances of an emergency situation such as a disaster that exceeds a certain limit and a large change resulting from it, will occur in the future.
  3. 3.
    Promotion of more agile and flexible DX
    We will promote DX to transform into an industrial structure that can quickly and flexibly respond to any changes.
What we can do
Based on the above message, we support DX of customers all over the world for Beyond-Corona.
  1. 1.
    Work with customers to deepen our direction and discuss issues in the customer's business domain (using centralized / remote workshops, interview sessions, etc.)
  2. 2.
    Formulate a project plan to solve the identified problems and identify / provide utilization technology
  3. 3.
    PoC and PoB support for feasibility study
Others are currently under development. As soon as we are ready, we will add menus one after another.
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