Ericsson has released the new Future of Enterprises report, highlighting the importance of enterprises being proactive and resilient in the face of disruption. According to the report, 42 per cent of decision-makers currently believe that they will face disruptions to their enterprise in the near future due to natural disasters caused by climate change. Other unforeseeable events are also expected to create challenges, such as the energy crisis, pandemic and global conflict. And while they recognise preparedness is critical, there is a need to move from reactive strategies toward long-term resiliency planning, shifting away from recovery-oriented resilience.
As per the report, the good news is that companies are taking resiliency planning seriously. 49 per cent of decision-makers say their company has a well-defined strategy to handle disruptive events and among employees, almost eight times more say they are prepared than not. That preparation is being driven by digitalisation and automation, as 90 per cent of companies that have well-defined resilience strategies in place have been shown to be investing heavily in these areas. However, it is important to recognise the value of proactive rather than reactive resilience, something that may not be a part of many enterprises’ strategies. In essence, more work needs to be done given the current climate.
Commenting on the report, Patrik Hedlund, senior researcher, Ericsson Consumer & IndustryLab, Ericsson, said, “War. Energy crisis. Natural disasters. Pandemics. Our world has become increasingly complex and the time to adopt resiliency strategies is now. It has never been more paramount for enterprises if they hope to remain competitive and sustainable in the long term. Although many companies have strategies in place already, this report highlights the apparent need for a shift from short-term redundancy-based resilience to a long-term efficiency-based strategy.”
Through the development of a more proactive resilience strategy, even more can be done to mitigate potential disruptions by providing warning signs ahead of disruptive events and understanding the full potential impact. In fact, six out of 10 decision-makers believe that artificial intelligence (AI)-based services and virtual reality (VR) resilience training implemented following disruptive events were key in handling future disruptions, highlighting the need to look at past trends in building future resiliency.
There is a clear need to broaden the scope of resilience in support of sustainability and a forward-thinking business model. According to the report’s findings, two key shifts in resilience strategy will be critical moving forward:
- A move from short-term redundancy-based resilience to a more environmentally sustainable, long-term efficiency-based resilience. Nearly 8 out of 10 enterprises say they are still increasing redundancy in their supply chains today.
- Recovery-oriented resilience needs to shift towards proactive business model innovation. Today, 80 per cent of decision-makers say this is a part of their resilience strategy, and close to 6 in 10 of them plan to increase these efforts in the future.
The report also outlines the benefits of seven information and communications technology (ICT) powered concepts that will ultimately help enterprises remain resilient and sustainable when faced with disruption and discusses the different paths enterprises can take to become more resilient organisations.