TCS Summit Asia Pacific 2018
What do the next-generation workers want from their employer and from their workplace? In short, they want to feel accepted, included and tasked with purpose. As a part of this year’s Future Leaders at TCS Summit program, we invited leaders from some of Australia’s most iconic businesses to talk about their tips to digitally empower a sustainable world.
Peter Varghese, Chancellor University of Queensland, spoke about the efforts made by
The key, argues Varghese, is
Varghese remarks that digital literacy isn’t simply about using and understanding technology, but an ability to filter data and opinion, weigh the evidence, and apply that critical analysis when questioning the authority of sources.
1. Continuing education will play a huge part in the move towards digital literacy.
Beyond traditional learning institutions, enterprises need to work continuing education into their strategy.
“It’s about having the foresight and forethought not just to create technical roadmaps, but to consider your people in the process,” says Ogilvie.
The Jetstar CIO argues that given the rate at which technology changes, companies need to ensure that talented people are given the tools and training to keep up with a digital
2. Digital tools will create better genetic scientists, or biologists, or everyday consumers, eventually building better leaders for tomorrow.
The role of technology and genetic testing in reducing the infant mortality rate in India is one such example. Another is the ability for customers to stage massive online campaigns that compel companies to rethink packaging logistics and reduce plastic waste.
“Digital is not just about teaching computer science in school. It’s about using these tools in
Matching that drive for sustainability with a future-forward perspective is critical, as Krishnan continues - “the first responsibility of any leader is to build more leaders - you need to match the right potential with the right capabilities, in hopes of leaving the world better than how you found it.”
The digital revolution, argues Ogilvie, can have the largest and most meaningful impact in disadvantaged areas. “There’s a real opportunity for emerging nations to use technology to leapfrog some of the more rigid structures we have in many of the developed countries,” she says.
Blockchain, for example, enables simple and smart contracts between parties in a transparent way. This immutable ledger of information can be applied in markets that are subject to corruption to facilitate the fair exchange of land or goods. We might struggle to overcome the more complex problems associated with blockchain as a vehicle for banking or currency exchange, but its value as a data-driven, peer-to-peer record of simple transactions is undeniable.
3. A more inclusive society
Transformation in a digital age is about harnessing the power of new technologies to create a more inclusive society. It’s about broadening our definition of education and extending access beyond traditional learning institutions.
It has become clear that the biggest leaps towards a digital future will be seen in the developing world, with the areas of medicine, communication, and education taking centre stage.
The enthusiasm and
Future Leaders at TCS Summit is an