Living in a hyper-connected logistics industry, it is hard to ascertain the types of new technological advancements that will take place to reduce the cost and time of big business houses. For example, after the IT department determined that productivity and collaboration would increase if the company consolidated its multiple communication platforms, the IT leader explained the opportunity to business leaders firsthand and sought their support for pursuing it. Together, the leaders developed a plan for promoting the new communications platform and encouraging employees to use it. As a result, employees adopted the new communications platform more readily than they had adopted other new technology tools.
Technological change is in large part responsible for many of the secular trends in such basic parameters of the human condition as the size of the world population, life expectancy, education levels, material standards of living,and the nature of work, communication, health care, war, and the effects of human activities on the natural environment.
Based on our extensive work with CEOs and top executives at large companies, three concepts define today’s most effective IT functions: a new role that calls for collaboration with the business on strategy and operations; an updated resource model offering the talent, methods, and tools to accelerate innovation; and a future-proof technology foundation of flexible, scalable systems that speed releases of IT products.
Under the leadership of the Chief Technology Officer and in partnership with the operating units, CT develops Siemens’ technology and innovation strategy, creates and industrializes basic technologies, promotes business excellence through consulting and engineering services, and protects the company’s intellectual property.
New resource technologies can also enhance water management through desalination and irrigation efficiency; and increase the availability of energy through enhanced oil and gas extraction and alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power, and bio-fuels.