In 2001, Bill Gates sounded the arrival of the “first digital decade”. Come 2008 and the conversation shifted to the “second digital decade”. With rapid developments in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), cognitive computing and the like, we’re now racing towards the “third digital decade”.
Tighten your seatbelts – the next digital decade promises to be a lot more frantic, disruptive and unpredictable than those before.
But focusing merely on process optimization and digitalization is not enough. After all, behind every successful company stands a productive workforce. Helping employees prepare for meeting the needs of the next decades is the cornerstone of any successful corporate transformation. As technological changes narrow the shelf life of skills, versatility and the ability to learn quickly and constantly could turn out to be the most sought-after traits in professionals going forward.
“One of the most critical parts of our digital agenda is ensuring that our people are well prepared for the change ahead,” says Allianz CEO Oliver Bäte. “As part of our Allianz commitment to lifelong learning, we want to ensure that everyone at Allianz has adequate opportunities to develop the new skills and knowledge required for the digital world.”