Future of Work • Exponential Organizations
As the Chief Digital and Innovation Officer for Deloitte Africa, Valter Adão leads a team of diverse specialists that create leading digital ecosystems to assist clients and employees understand the Digital Transformation journey, uplift their digital experiences and become digital at the core, in order to thrive in a world of ever changing digital technologies. By bringing in strategic and innovative thinking and capabilities at the intersect of emerging and exponential technologies and creative design, Valter and his team guide organisations to understand, and embrace emerging exponential and disruptive technologies by helping them move beyond potential disruption towards creating new opportunities for relevance, growth and expansion. He is a corporate entrepreneur with extensive experience in creating new businesses across a variety of industries. He works with organisations in identifying high value, innovative opportunities, and rapidly commercialising them into viable businesses. Valter holds an MSc and an MBA. Valter is also a member of Deloitte’s Global Innovation Executive Committee and is the Life Sciences & Healthcare Industry Leader for Deloitte Africa.
Today, change is accelerating, and competitors are no longer the traditional large corporates, but flexible organisations. Entrepreneurs are embracing innovative technologies to compete and disrupt effectively. Every organisation of the future is going to be a digital organisation first. We can see this through some of the most successful digital companies, such as Uber and AirBnB. Uber is a digital company first and a taxi hailing company second. Its success has completely revolutionised the taxi market. Digital technologies are the enablers to many of the disruptions that we’ll see in the corporate landscape sooner than most think. AirBnB, too, is a digital company first and an accommodation booking service second. Its disruption of the hotel industry can only be counteracted by digital acceleration.
To remain relevant, companies have to embrace digital as a core component of their corporate strategy, as opposed to seeing it as an appendage to their strategy.
Embracing digital is not about apps or social media, but rather about understanding the technologies that are increasing exponentially in capability, and reducing at an equal rate from a cost perspective
How organisations should leverage these technologies to re-imagine, or virtualise, their business offering, and potentially dematerialise their business model