Will your job survive when the machines come?
Almost half (48%) of Singapore business leaders believe they’ll have more job satisfaction in the future by offloading the tasks they don’t want to do to machines, while 52% disagree, finds research conducted by Vanson Bourne. Findings pointed towards how a truly mutually beneficial partnership is on the cards – if businesses prepare accordingly. The quantitative research follows Dell Technologies’ seminal story, “Realizing 2030: The Next Era of Human-Machine Partnerships”. The study forecasted that by 2030, emerging technologies will forge human partnerships with machines that are richer and more immersive than ever before, helping us surpass our limitations. Business leaders in the APJ region agree: 80% of respondents expect humans and machines will work as integrated teams within their organization inside of five years. But business leaders are also split by whether the future represents an opportunity or a threat, and torn by the need to mitigate these risks. For instance, while 58% of APJ business leaders believe that automated systems will free up our time, 42% don’t share this view. Fifty-seven percent of Singapore business leaders are not sure what the next 10-15 years will look for our industry in contrast to the global average of 50%. Fifty-eight percent of Singapore business leaders agree that smart machines will work as admins in our lives – connecting our lives to highly personalized goods and services @PaulHenaghan, Vice President, APJ Data Center Solutions, @DellEMC: “As technology improves and automation becomes more prevalent, emerging technologies like #AI and #IoT will open up new frontiers in Singapore and on a global level. Based on the many conversations I have with customers, I believe we’re reaching a pivotal moment in time as our reliance on machines will be characterized by even greater efficiency and innovations than ever before. This will require businesses to transform their IT, workforce and security to take the lead in the decades to come.” The findings also revealed Singapore business leaders’ attitude to the future of skills. Almost 3 in 4 (71%) believe that schools will need to teach students how to learn rather than what to learn to prepare them for jobs that don’t exist yet, compared to the global average of 56%. Technology will change the way we learn Machines will assume work functions in finance, inventory, logistics, administration, customer service, marketing, HR, medical care and more to alter the course of education. Society will enter a new phase that will be characterized by “in the moment” learning as the pace of change will be so rapid that new industries will be created and new skills will be required to survive. Given the hurdles that businesses face and the inexorable race to move everything online and available in real-time, leaders are at least united in the belief they need to transform. A majority (97%) believe that technology will change the way we learn by 2030, globally. 1 in 2 APJ business leaders are split on whether their employees will learn on the job with AR. Sixty-one percent of APJ business leaders agree that education is evolving and more so in Singapore, 71% of business leaders say schools will need to teach how to learn rather than what to learn to prepare for jobs that haven’t been created yet. Sixty-three percent of APJ business leaders agree that new learning resources, such as online, peer-to-peer, boot camps and massive open online courses will replace university learning. Powering the Millennial Workforce with the XPS 13 When, where and even why people work is changing dramatically. While employees previously had to work within the confines of a traditional office environment, companies are increasingly adapting to their workers’ needs and increased mobility. Bringing this to life with the latest XPS 13 in the #FutureOfWork showcase, Hajar Ali, founder of Urbane Nomads, luxury adventure travel company, discussed the role of technology in powering a solopreneur’s lifestyle to increase productivity while fueling creativity. A CES 2018 Innovation Award honoree, the XPS portfolio has won more product awards than any other brand in the company’s history. Along with its next-generation InfinityEdge 4K Ultra HD display, the XPS 13 adds a dazzling Rose Gold with Alpine White woven glass fiber interior as an option to traditional silver and black, with narrower borders and up to 80% more thermal headroom. Inside its thinner, lighter design, the Dell Power Manager delivers power just when you need it – ideal for the modern day on-the-go pro worker to attain new levels of productivity. “Today, the shift to digital is transforming industries around the world. Even established technology companies need to constantly reinvent themselves to innovate like a start-up and deliver like an enterprise. By focusing on areas such as modernizing IT and adopting a culture of learning, technology companies can stay a step ahead and remain competitive,” says Dmitri Chen, COO and VP Specialty Sales, APJ, Dell EMC.