From the morning keynote to the glass of wine at the end of a long day the central message was clear, AI is here, it’s creeping in to everyday products and services at pace, and those who embrace this exciting technology can gain competitive advantage.
We are told that “36% of leaders recognise AI is a skill that will secure their future prospects in the UK… PWC estimates that AI could contribute $15.7tr to the global economy by 2030”
The Microsoft session on how they approached their journey to cultural change was very interesting. They talked about encouraging all employees to have a growth mindset and ensuring all employees are prepared for the future digital workplace. In order to achieve this with a multi-generational workforce with different learning styles the talked about moving from a training culture to a learning culture and the AI Business School. Also for me, having grown up through the evolution of Windows, it was fascinating to hear the story of how under Satya Nadella Microsoft have become comfortable with the world of Open Source and Cloud first with barely a “window” in site in the traditional sense.
In Microsoft’s view, in this changing technology landscape, the most in demand hard skills are now Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Analytical Reasoning and People Management along with softer skills being Creativity, Persuasion, Collaboration and Adaptability.
The other message also emphasized during the day was the importance of teamwork, it is said that “… to go fast go alone, but to go far, go together”, I’m certainly proud to be part of the fantastic team at Seaton Partners, but hearing the amazing stories of Tim Peake and Helen Sharman during the afternoon key note was not to be missed. Their stories of courage, adventure and particularly of teamwork and also of optimism about the future were particularly inspiring.
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