How coronavirus transformed our use of technology

To operate in a evolving 'new normal' many businesses have leapt forward significantly in just 2 months in their use of digital resources. How have our working lives transformed & what does the future hold now we’ve adapted so much, so quickly?

What's it all about?

The COVID-19 pandemic has completely disrupted the global economy – and as a result, traditional operations have been transformed. New Zealand’s lockdown saw local businesses rushing to adapt to a constantly evolving ‘new normal’ and finding ways to maintain operations in the face of unprecedented restrictions.

The basis of this has been technology. Many businesses have leapt forward significantly in their use of digital resources. We’ve shared, sold, automated, streamlined and connected in ways that, as we began 2020, would have been out of the reach of many organisations.

This rapid adoption of technology was seen across numerous business sectors, and users are not planning on slowing down now. Online shopping is on the rise – couriers are getting 200 parcels per minute – work from home is finally the new norm, and technology may even hold the key to halting the spread of the virus.

Like so many things this year, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we’re looking at Techweek. So MYOB is changing up this year’s presentation to deliver – digitally, of course – a look at how our working lives have been transformed by COVID-19 and what the future holds now we’ve adapted so much, so quickly.

MYOB Tech Report: The far-reaching implications of the COVID-19 pandemic have already changed the way New Zealand businesses operate and the experience will significantly increase their use of technology.The Tech Report highlights that local businesses are now making some major changes in an effort to futureproof their operations.

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Thursday 30 Jul
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Grant Mclvor

Head of Delivery EX Enterprise, MYOB

Grant is a established product development leader with a Bachelor of Engineering & a Master of Business Administration. Previously a senior software engineer, he has held leadership roles at Paymark & Orion Health. At MYOB he delivers ERP and Payroll solutions as Head of Delivery for Enterprise.

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Priti Ambani

Director of Innovation, Tech Futures Lab

Priti is an engineer, entrepreneur, educator & thought leader on networked business models, business sustainability & the future of work. She has led initiatives and startup ventures that leverage the dynamics of digital collaboration & emerging disruptive technologies to create thriving societies.

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Dr John Flackett

AI Specialist in Residence, AUT and Head & Co-founder, AiLab

Dr John Flackett is a noted AI speaker with 20+ years of AI experience & a PhD, he regularly presents on key insights on emerging technology’s future impact on society. John's received various awards, featured in the UK's 2019 Million Plus campaign & has co-founded two businesses; koolth & AiLab.

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Abby Thompson

Protege Developer, MYOB

Abby Thompson is a Software Engineering Graduate from Auckland University who interned at Google and Macquarie Bank in Sydney. After a yearlong working holiday in Canada, Abby secured a Graduate Developer role at MYOB in Auckland.

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