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COVID-19: Digital adaptation or digital transformation?

From the Innova Institute de La Salle - URL we continue, as every week, analyzing different aspects with which COVID-19 is transforming companies and their environment. This week we reflect on whether it is really leading to the digital transformation of companies or if they are simply adapting to circumstances and everything will return to normal when the pandemic passes.

The areas that we have analyzed are the following:

  1. Education: The digital transformation in education responds to a process of media literacy adapting to the ways of learning and accessing the knowledge of new generations.
  2. Financial services: Financial services as they are known today are going to change, adapting to more digital models.
  3. Telecommuting for companies and workers: There is a clear difference between what telework is and what thousands of companies around the world have put into emergency practice to continue operating during the COVID-19 period.
  4. Ergonomics in teleworking: It is still unknown when the alarm state will end for COVID-19. For this reason, companies must propose to their workers to adapt their temporary work offices at home, in order to be able to work ergonomically in search of business results.
  5. Government online: Being the ultimate goal of a Government to ensure the general welfare of its entire population, it is difficult to imagine this task without real contact between its protagonists.
  6. Culture and tourism: Both tourism and culture have taken advantage of COVID-19 to maintain contact with users through the networks. Many institutions have understood that their value proposition at this time should be to entertain people in confinement, especially children, and a large part have offered online services aimed at entertaining and entertaining.
  7. SMEs - Commerce: Business development sees digital transformation as a way to improve its results by optimizing its processes and facilitating its management, which is reflected in profits, growth and advantages over those that do not make these investments.

The original article with each section well explained and reflected on whether it is adaptation or transformation has not yet been published on our blog, but some magazines have already echoed it. You can find it in the following publications:

Tic and SMEs: COVID-19: Digital adaptation or digital transformation?

Granada Companies: COVID-19: Digital adaptation or digital transformation?

Today's Economy: What will be the organizations response to COVID-19: Digital adaptation or digital transformation?

In the digital publication Contact Center Hub, they have made a summary with the section dedicated to telework: Teleworking before COVID-19: Digital adaptation or digital transformation? and they also quote us in another article Is teleworking here to stay?.

I hope this information is useful to you and that you also reflect on whether the changes they have implemented in your working life during these weeks have transformed you or you will return to your normal life when all this has happened.

If you want to leave your opinion, do not be shy ... under these lines you have the comments section, I will be happy to have a conversation about it.

A hug

Montse.

10 ideas to undertake in sustainable sectors

Continuing with the publications that we carry out from the Entrepreneurship Research group of the Innova Institute de La Salle-URL, this week we have been working to discover areas related to sustainability, in which there are possibilities of successful entrepreneurship. We have addressed this issue because we think that after the Covid-19 (what is already called the PostCovid-19) sustainability will be a much more considered feature in business models than it has been until now.

The areas in which we think there are opportunities are the following:

1. Agriculture and food industry: The world hiatus caused by Covid-19 is supplying a small truce that is allowing a regeneration of the planet. Environmental awareness has grown, consumption of resources is more responsible, there has been a notable improvement in environmental quality, and people have realized that protecting the environment contributes to a healthier and more balanced life.

2. Sustainable urban mobility: The high concentration of people in the means of transport and its improvable health conditions have made urban mobility one of the main sources of infection, increasing the risk of contracting the virus by between 4% and 6%. Consequently, the authorities and administrations of many countries have been forced to minimize its use and consider developing sustainable ventures in this sector.

3. The circular economy: The European Commission has just published the Action Plan for the Circular Economy. Proposed policies include increased product durability, the right to repair electronic devices, reduced use of plastics, and more accurate eco-labeling, among others. Following this path, the Innova Institute predicts that undertaking on issues related to the circular economy is a good opportunity for the PostCovid-19 scenario.

4. Integrated and efficient water management: Water scarcity already affects globally. What was once a problem for developing countries is now also a problem for developed countries. Water is not an infinite resource, but it is used as if it were. For this reason, the need for a comprehensive water treatment has been evident throughout its generation, use and recovery cycle. Despite everything, in 2030 there will still be 60% of the countries in the world that will not carry out this necessary comprehensive treatment system.

5. Logistics and supply chain: The companies that have provided a fast, safe and reliable service during Covid-19, and are also committed to sustainability, are those that will be strengthened after the pandemic and will generate confidence in customers in the PostCovid-19 era. These companies focus on innovation and quality, acting locally, but under collaborative logistics management models with other companies in the network. Thus, they meet the needs of small batches, with fast service and ensuring quality and traceability in the process.

6. Fashion, the second most polluting industry: El coronavirus ha provocado un enorme parón generalizado en la industria de la moda, ya sea por el cierre de tiendas o fábricas para proteger a sus trabajadores, por volcarse voluntariamente en la producción de prendas para uso médico o porque su producción dependía mayoritariamente de China o Italia. La moda, que produce más del 10% del total de emisiones de CO² en el planeta, es la segunda industria que más agua consume. Los plásticos han reemplazado a las fibras naturales y el poliéster se usa en el 60% de la producción, generando de dos a tres veces más carbono que el algodón sin degradarse en el océano. Greenpeace indica que el lavado de las prendas arroja al mar el equivalente a 50 billones de fragmentos en microfibras.

7. Replacing oil derivatives: La fundación Ellena MacArthur señala en un estudio que el 40% del empaquetado de plástico acaba en basureros, un tercio en el océano y solo un 14% se recicla. Esto dibuja un escenario crítico. Por eso, la búsqueda de sustitución de biopolímeros y la implementación de estrategias 100% funcionales para el reciclaje es una necesidad para la industria. La startup Oimo, ubicada en La Salle Technova, el parque de innovación de La Salle-URL, se dedica al diseño de nuevos materiales ecológicos en España y Reino Unido. Con la voluntad de reducir los 14 millones de toneladas de plástico que terminan en el océano, ha desarrollado un material soluble al agua como alternativa al packaging de plástico. En este sentido, el Innova Institute considera que el emprendimiento sostenible en empaquetados alternativos al plástico saldrá reforzado en el PostCovid-19.

8. Energy efficiency: The Covid-19 crisis has revealed that transformative changes are possible overnight. In terms of energy, it is demonstrated that there is no reason not to phase out fossil fuels and deploy renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. It is in line with this concept that the European Union has developed a series of proposals to lead the economy towards energy savings.

9. Telecommunications technology: During the confinement of the Covid-19, the traffic on online platforms that allow the organization of meetings, the development of virtual classes and the establishment of communications and conversations has increased considerably. Some of them were already known —such as Zoom, Hangout and Whereby— and others have taken the opportunity to make themselves known or to implement complementary services.

10. The built space: El Covid-19 ha promovido el desarrollo del teletrabajo, pero también ha evidenciado que esta opción tiene condiciones mínimas para su desarrollo. La experiencia previa permite reconocer los modelos de economía colaborativa asociados a estas propuestas como oficinas compartidas, los garajes compartidos y los lugares de cowork. La fuerza de estos movimientos ha llevado a que empresas de comunicación como ETB, Movistar y Mapfre Seguros hayan presentado a sus usuarios espacios de coworking. Sin embargo, se deben asegurar condiciones mínimas para optimizar los resultados, tanto la separación de ambientes entre la familia y el trabajo, facilitar la innovación al interactuar con empresas del mismo sector, la transferencia del conocimiento o al generar alianzas y complementos cuando se dan espacios con empresas de diferentes sectores.

The original article with all the sections well explained you can read it here: The Innova Institute analyzes how sustainable entrepreneurship could be for the PostCovid-19 era

I hope this information is helpful to you and allows you to reflect on the need for sustainability in future ventures.

Keep in touch.

Montse.

10 areas that take after CodId-19

How's the lockdown going?

I hope both you and your family are doing well. Here in Barcelona we are pulling ... starting now the third week.

As you already know, the success of an entrepreneurial project depends largely on 3 things: that the product or service is of quality, that there is a need in the market and that you make a good marketing plan. Due to COVID-19, the needs of people and companies have changed, so if we are able to detect them, we will gain a competitive advantage.

Last week we met a part of the La Salle Entrepreneurship and Innovation research team to jointly analyze the entrepreneurial opportunities that are emerging due to COVID-19. We detected 10 areas in which new opportunities to undertake are emerging once the pandemic ends.

These areas are:

  1. Telecommuting
  2. Online training
  3. Connections security
  4. Online access to healthcare
  5. 3d print
  6. Support services for the elderly
  7. Wellness at home
  8. Leisure and entertainment
  9. Access to culture
  10. Logistics

If you want to read the original article, you will find it here: (in English for now) https://blogs.salleurl.edu/en/10-areas-which-you-can-start-business-after-covid-19-pandemic-0

We sent the article to the La Salle-URL press department and it seems to have been very well received in various publications. I put below sites where you can find the article in Spanish and in some cases a little more summarized.

Here you will find a version in Spanish that has been published in Emprendedores magazine: Ten opportunities to undertake when Covid-19 is over

And here is another version that they have published in American Retail: Ten opportunities to undertake when Covid-19 is over

And another for Self-Employed and Entrepreneurs: Some activities where it will be easier to undertake after the COVID-19 crisis

Also Head Topics has published: Ten opportunities to undertake when Covid-19 is over

The magazine Innovación Económica has also published it: Ten post-pandemic business ideas

And curiously, the fashion magazine Harpers Bazaar, has also published it: Ten opportunities to undertake when Covid-19 is over

I hope the article is useful to you and that you also see opportunities that you can take advantage of.

This week we are working on another article dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurship on issues related to sustainability, I share it with the one that is finished.

Keep in touch.

A hug

Montse.