The pandemic-induced disruption of business around the world has led to a massive acceleration in digital transformation.

According to consultants McKinsey and Company, the level of transformation since the start of the year equates to a decade worth of change in just six months.

That dramatic acceleration is across the board — and includes the digitisation of products and services as well as core internal operations like back office, production, and R&D. The pandemic has swept away the main barrier to change — business priorities — because BAU is longer viable.

In a report published last month, the consultants wrote, “When respondents were asked why their organisations didn’t implement these changes before the crisis, just over half said that they weren’t a top business priority. The crisis removed this barrier; only 14 per cent of all respondents say a lack of leadership alignment hindered the actual implementation of these changes.”

Technology plays a critical role in ensuring companies can react and respond to new priorities. Systems need to be integrated, data architectures need to be contemporary and sophisticated, processes and people need to be agile, and previously emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning, and even automation now need to sit at the centre of planning.

These are all themes that will be addressed on 12 November at Boomi’s Out of This World digital conference. Which-50 is a media partner at the event.

The sessions will cover the gamut of issues organisations need to address and master if they are to put in place the infrastructure and capabilities needed to succeed in a future where the rules are still being rewritten.

Sessions at the event include:

  •  Sami Ben Jamaa, the Global Chief Information and Digital Officer at JERA Japan, Andre Blumberg, Senior Director – IT, CLP Power Hong Kong, and Andrew Burnet, Head of Development & Operations, Origin Energy, describing why integrated experiences drive innovation for competitive advantage.
  • Danijel Andric, the Interim CIO at the Australian Red Cross, discussing the critical issue of how technology can fuel strong stakeholder engagement and create better experiences.
  • Kate Raimet, Deputy Director, AI Projects and Innovation at University of Canberra, speaking on a panel about fueling personalised experiences through intelligent digital ecosystems.

They will share their stories about how sophisticated and integrated technology infrastructure, data management, and agile ways of working help deliver critical business goals.

Asia Pacific Focus

 According to Ajit Melarkode, VP APJ,  “The plethora of new and ‘advanced’ technologies and services that are available today have created a slew of new opportunities, but organisations in APJ often find themselves overburdened by increased complexity as the number of systems, services, applications, cloud, and data they run skyrockets,” said Ajit Melarkode, Vice President APJ at Boomi.

Melarkode said investment in the digital transformation of business practices, products, and organisations in Asia-Pacific was estimated to amount US$375.8 billion last year, yet he cautioned “There is often a missing link preventing those assets from communicating and collaborating, creating detrimental silos and slowing speed-to-market.”

” ‘Out of this World’ will showcase how Boomi customers from our region have successfully implemented cloud-first strategies to overcome operational and economic adversities, serve flexible and remote work policies, and provide a connected foundation from which to continue to adapt their businesses,” said Melarkode.

Nicholas Lambrou, Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand, Boomi will also offer a local update where he will share the investment trends and changing priorities of CIOs in the region and what he believes to be critical to the success of organisations in Australia and New Zealand.


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