Up till spring 2020, industries across the board were engaging with technologies that promised – and delivered – improvements in speed, efficiency and transparency of production processes and
systems. Although the pace differed by industry, it was generally accepted that technology would advance the aims of industry, over time.
But when lockdown came, the whole world had to turn to technology just to cope with the most fundamental aspects of daily life. In industry, supply chains were disrupted overnight, global
mobility was stopped in its tracks, and business and industrial activity ground to a shuddering halt. And technology had to step up to the plate. Collaborative design and development, flexibility
and creativity – for developers and industries alike – were key factors, and risk-taking on both sides became the order of the day.
We explore the technologies that both drove and tested this resilience, and look at what the “new normal” means as media and ITech lead in shaping the industries – and the lives – of the future.