CEBIT 2019 - Future Skills in Industry 4.0 - what are they?

Adiona CEO Richard Savoie was excited to chair the Industry stage on Wednesday, 30th October at CEBIT, the premier tech conference in Australia, to talk about Future Skills in the disrupting economy, especially in the logistics and supply chain sector. The included moderating a panel on "Future skills & the future of work for Industry 4.0 & the supply chain" with industry heavy hitters such as Kari Banick, Managing Director of Linfox, Ivan Imparato, CEO of the Australian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI), and industry "futurologist" Rocky Scopelliti.




Savoie opened stating, "Data from the Transport and Logistics Industry Reference Committee shows that the last 20 years, jobs in the sector have exploded, far outpacing population growth. An example is road freight transport, where employment levels from 2000 to 2018 increased by 43%. And their projections show the pace of growth increasing. Consumer expectations, especially around e-commerce, have created a race to the top, and a race to the bottom, and technology, is going to decide which organisations are in which category. And I’m very excited to have an amazing panel here to unpack that for us."


The topics covered by the panel included:


"- Transport and Logistics (T&L) orgs are at varying stages of transitioning their investments from assets to technology, but the pace of disruption from startups and new challengers is increasing. What do you see as the critical technology investments over the next 5 to 10 years?


- Rocky, you have a new book out that talks about how exponential forces have impacted the way we think about the product economy versus the experience economy giving rise to the redistribution of value in supply chains. I wonder if you can explain firstly what you mean by that, and maybe talk about how that’s going to impact the skills transition to support that redistribution you mention.


- Our business is betting on the future of data scientists in the workforce to leverage our technology. What are the key roles and skills that you are betting on in the future workforce? How are they related or dependant on technological changes?


- Let’s end on a happy note, at least from my questions. There are 400,000 SMEs in Australia with supply chain jobs and the industry consensus is that there is a skills shortage. People I talk to say that it's very difficult to find the right combination of analytical skills and operational experience, but many organisations also aren't investing in upskilling their existing workforce into these roles and depend on outside recruiting. Famous quote: CFO says “What happens if we invest in developing our people and then they leave? CEO replies: What if we don’t invest in developing them, and they stay?” How do we bridge this gap and invest in training? What role does technology play in this?

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Here are some photos from the panel and the CEBIT event, which drew thousands of people over three packed days to the Sydney ICC.