Convergence: AU Learning for Digital Transformation
Digital transformation is hardly new. It’s been around for as long as we’ve had digital technology. Yet the nature of digital transformation changes over time, along with the technology itself.
In the 1980s, digital transformation often meant moving from a typewriter to a desktop computer and from the mailbox to the fax machine. For designers, it meant the first widespread adoption of CAD. In the 1990s, it meant adding Internet access and email to the mix, with BIM and other 3D modeling processes following a few years behind. The 2010s brought AI, the cloud, simulation, and other tools of what many call the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Today, digital transformation means convergence—of processes, technologies, data, and entire industries. At AU 2021, Autodesk CTO Raji Arasu and Charlene Li, founder and senior fellow at Altimeter, explored how digital transformation and convergence are shaping the competitive landscape for design, engineering, construction, and manufacturing companies. Watch a recording of their conversation below.
“We wanted to understand what the patterns were between digital transformation, data, and convergence,” Li, who authored the study, said. “And what we found was that 65% of those surveyed experience ‘great’ or ‘moderate’ disruption due to digital transformation, but 71% expect more disruption in the next two years. And there was a correlation between their digital maturity level and the kind of convergence they were seeing.”
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