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Rethinking Technology, Realizing a New Competitive Edge

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BST Global’s Javier A. Baldor Participates in EFCG’s Executive Leadership Panel

The pandemic has abruptly removed limits to technology innovation, forcing entire industries to stretch what’s possible in only a matter of months. BST Global’s CEO Javier A. Baldor joined a stellar lineup of industry executives as part of EFCG’s Executive Leadership virtual conference to discuss these changing times and what’s ahead. The one-hour session, titled “Rethinking Technology, Realizing a New Competitive Edge” explored how they, as leaders, are reshaping technology’s place in their firms to alter what and how they deliver to the market. An informative Q&A session followed.

Panelists included:

Here are some highlights from the panel discussion:

  • Attendee Poll Results
    • 45% of event attendees said that it would likely take 5-10 years to successfully get “disruptive technology” to be adopted by 80% of AEC firms
    • 54% of event attendees said that their technology strategy shifted moderately due to COVID-19, which resulted in adjustments to certain areas of their business
  • Theme 1: Transition to Technology
    • Panelist Question: How has your organization changed or planned to change, and how have those plans been impacted over the past 12 months:
      • Raj: “We are on a mission now to change processes with technology-enabled consulting.”
      • Austin: “There’s a real opportunity for the pre-planning of technology in this sector.”
      • Amy: “While we were able to seamlessly transition to a digital workforce, many of our clients were not.”
      • Javier: “I believe in the data-driven consultancy of the future, where AI, machine learning and big data can unlock many valuable use cases.”
      • Rachel: “The type of agility and flexibility we need, we need systems that support the business in different ways than the core business.”
    • Theme 2: Change Is Hard
      • Panelist Question: How do we build culture and communities of innovation? What are the ways companies are working to drive change? What is working and what remains a challenge or remains unsolved?:
        • Amy: “Innovation at scale shouldn’t come with brute force but it really was for many organizations. Imagine if we could do it naturally … progress doesn’t have to equate with perfectionism.”
        • Rachel: “Change is hard, but perhaps at this moment in time, not changing is even harder.”
        • Javier: “You should find change agents in your organization. They invite, inspire and drive change. Invite them to your meetings and encourage them to share; then celebrate them.”
        • Raj: “Engineers, in general, want everything to be perfect to give it a go. You have to drive the “lean startup” mindset that everything can’t be perfect … you have to keep refining the tool like it’s an app on your phone.”
        • Austin: “It’s okay to walk before you run. If you look at our entire industry, we are not completely digitized yet.”

 

Watch the Highlight Video 

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