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What did COVID-19 teach us about technology?

COVID-19 presented a clear period of challenge and uncertainty affecting all walks of life.

However, COVID-19 has also sped up the adoption of digital technologies by several years. Many of these changes are set to be permanent.

According to management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, businesses have reported the adoption of a range of novel technology capabilities.

During the pandemic, companies moved dramatically towards online channels. There was a clear and rapid shift in moving business interaction to digital channels.

More surprising than this is perhaps the speed in creating digital or digitally-enhanced offerings. Businesses reported a variety of digital products in their portfolios which did not exist before the pandemic. This indicates that during the COVID-19 crisis, companies refocused their propositions, with some making huge leaps in product development in the span of a few months.

Technology uptake

In terms of health provision, technology uptake through Skype consultations was swift across a multitude of audiences. Limited social interactions meant people adopted online shopping habits more regularly. Schools adopted video tutorials, enlisting celebrity specialists to deliver some classes. Technology was widely adopted by business, too.

As offices began to move to remote working, Zoom quickly became the platform for workplace interaction or even general conversation. Apps like Slack and Teams became many organisations’ nerve centres. Technology allowed people from around the world to continue their work while in lockdown.

In terms of its adoption, necessity became the mother of invention. However, many of these technologies were already advanced – predicting a time when we would not have to be on site to make decisions or mange activity or functions.

Business energy usage

In terms of technological innovation, energy management is among the most innovative.

Energy management is the process of monitoring, controlling and optimising energy in a building, site or organisation to satisfy both economic and environmental requirements.

Energy management technologies provide businesses with the opportunity to maximise energy efficiency and monitor and target energy waste. It gives businesses access to view energy consumption, measure energy performance, and manage energy-related costs – all in real time.

Energy management was traditionally a cost-saving exercise. Today, it is a carbon-cutting one. This does not mean, however, that the two are mutually exclusive. Cost management and carbon management go together. Businesses can stay economically competitive while having a positive impact on improving the environment and tackling the climate emergency.

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