Episode #4: The Post-Pandemic Enterprise

September 9, 2020
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Virtual (EDT)

Mark Anderson, Equinix (@mark_c_anderson)
Naomi Eide, CIO Dive at Industry Dive (@NaomiEide)
Sebastian Grady, Rimini Street
Barry Libenson, Experian (#BarryLibenson)
James Manyika, McKinsey & Company
Prof. Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, PhD ‘82, MIT Media Lab (@alex_pentland)
April Sandoval, Slack (@SlackHQ)
Dr. Aarti Shah, Eli Lilly and Company (@lillypad)
Rodney Zemmel, McKinsey & Company

Naomi Eide will lead panel #1 on the increased importance of business continuity and resilience planning. James Manyika and Rodney Zemmel will then team up to lead panel #2, one doing an introductory presentation and the other moderating the panel.

Panel #1: The Increased Importance of Business Continuity and Resilience Planning

Competitive pressures pushed companies to focus on efficiency, just-in-time inventories, and low-cost suppliers. Experts warned global enterprises that they should pay more attention to resilience, especially for their highly complex supply chains. COVID-19 demonstrated the need to plan for an unpredictable future so as to withstand turbulent events. The panel will discuss the measures being adopted by different companies as they consider how to rebalance the trade-offs between resilience and efficiency in their global operations.

(Naomi Eide, moderator, with Mark Anderson, Barry Libenson, and Aarti Shah)

Presentation and Panel #2: Building the Post-Pandemic Enterprise

Digital infrastructures have kept nations and economies going during the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has now made the case for accelerating their journey toward an even faster changing digital future. Enterprises need to find the proper balance between what worked before and what now needs to happen to succeed in the post-pandemic new normal. They should leverage the crisis to increase the rate and pace of their digital transformation. As Rahm Emanuel famously said in 2008: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” The panel will take a comprehensive view of the key changes we can expect to see in the next generation, post-pandemic enterprise.

(James Manyika and Rodney Zemmel, presenter/moderator, with Sebastian Grady, Sandy Pentland, and April Sandoval)