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Panorama 2017 - “A digital industrial revolution: what impact for the energy and transport sectors?”

24 January 2017
Paris – Espace Saint-Martin

Panorama 2017

Car industry, aviation, cosmetics, pharmacy, energy… no sector can escape the digital revolution. Markets, products, processes, organizations, employees: every aspect of a company is affected. To remain competitive and grow, companies need to change radically. They need to redefine their role and their objectives, their economic model, their innovation, production and distribution processes, as well as their culture and their relationships with their market and their customers. The energy and transport industries are no exception. But have they fully taken onboard the significance of this new economic reality and how are they preparing for it?

Digital data processing has been used in the energy and transport sectors for many years already. Hundreds and thousands of sensors and smart devices monitor and control installed or onboard equipment. While a lack of data is rarely a problem, analyzing and using it properly remains a constant challenge in order to correct or improve existing processes. Better integration and mastery of digital technologies in production systems and business models are now crucial to a company’s performance and competitiveness.

Digital technologies are central to the energy transition and will play a fundamental role in the integration of variable renewable energies, improved energy efficiency and consumption reductions.

In the electricity sector, the real digital revolution is only just beginning. Digital technologies have clearly been present for a long time. But transformations related to structural changes in electricity production facilities and brand new uses resulting from digital technology and connected devices, will have all the more impact on an electricity system because it has, up until now, remained extremely concentrated.

With crude prices having fallen by more than 50% since June 2014 as a result of production exceeding demand, the oil and gas sectors are in crisis. Can digital technology represent an avenue for renewal and growth for companies in these sectors and producing countries?

The digital revolution is also having a profound impact on mobility solutions and our behavior. The growing number of mobile terminals and connected objects, the networking of individuals and vehicles feed and reinforce these changes.

Recruitment, training and careers are all affected by this new company version 4.0, in every sector. Is this shift a major recruitment challenge for the generations arriving on the job market today? What about the professional aspirations of this new generation? Are they inextricably linked to digital technology, thereby also forcing companies to change?

What are the real impacts and challenges of the arrival of digital technology in companies? How are they preparing for this revolution, that many are already comparing to the industrial revolution of the past?
 

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