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Indian businesses entering next era of human-machine partnerships: Dell Technologies

According to quantitative global research by Dell Technologies in collaboration with Vanson Bourne, we are entering the next era of human-machine partnerships with a different and new vision of the future. The research was conducted with 3,800 global business leaders, including 300 Indian business leaders, across 17 countries.


It is becoming increasingly clear that humans and machines will have to work as a cohesive workforce with 40% rooting for administrative tasks such as scheduling meetings, data inputs to be taken over by machines, thereby freeing time. 42% Indian leaders believe that inventory management as a task is most likely to be outsourced to machines by 2030.


Further, despite the hurdles that businesses face and the inexorable race to move everything online and make available in real time, 24/7, leaders are united in the belief that they need to transform. 50% already believe that they are catering to the evolving needs of their customers, with the help of engaging and customized offerings. While there is a whopping 66% who think that their organizations currently or will in five years struggle to offer equal opportunities across its different generations of workers due to varied digital skill-sets and mind-sets.


Alok Ohrie, Managing Director & President, India Commercial, Dell EMC, said, “We are at the horizon of an amazing digital future which is going to open newer and better business possibilities. As our dependence on machines increases, it is becoming imperative for businesses to plan and equip themselves for a collaborative human-machine future. This research is primarily aimed at helping customers and other businesses better envision the future and uncover peer advice on how to transform and succeed. A truly mutually beneficial partnership is on the cards – if businesses prepare accordingly.”


Barriers to transform

Indian businesses are confident of operating a successful digital business in 2030. The main barriers to becoming a successful digital business in 2030 and beyond are:


o Data privacy and cybersecurity concerns – 47%

o Lack of budget and resources – 36%

o Lack of senior support and sponsorship – 36%

o Lack of right skills/ competencies – 36%

o Lack of employee buy-in – 30%

o Lack of coherent digital strategy and vision – 29%


Given the promise of monumental change – fuelled by exponentially increasing data and the applications, processing power and connectivity to harness it – 56% speculate that schools will need to teach how to learn rather than what to learn to prepare students for jobs that don’t yet exist.