COVID as a Means to Accelerate Industry 4.0: A Conversation with Enrico D’angelo

In continuation of Querlo’s interview series, Francesco Rulli, Global CEO of Querlo, recently spoke with Enrico D’angelo, Business Transformation Senior Advisor at SAP Oil and Gas, about the challenges that COVID has created, the opportunities that may arise in the post-COVID era, and the role of Artificial Intelligence in the future.

SAP is a multinational corporation that creates enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations. They work with companies of all different sizes with the goal of both helping the world run better and improving people’s lives. Enrico’s responsibility is to help modernize oil and gas production and distribution processes. 

Enrico began by answering Francesco’s questions about the challenges and opportunities that emerged from COVID-19. While many difficulties arose in the transition to working remotely, especially for blue collar workers, this new era has led to an accelerated digital transformation. Smart working used to be thought of as a partial vacation from work where employees would be at home with their families while still doing their job. However, companies are now starting to understand the benefits of having fewer people in offices and instead having people work from home. Not only will this save everyone money, but also a majority of people have said that they prefer working remotely because it allows them to spend more time with their family and they don’t have to spend time commuting. Enrico also noted that in Italy, there are many new job positions being created because people can now work from anywhere. 

Enrico believes Artificial Intelligence will become even more important in the future. Within SAP, it can be used in the human resources department, for smart working, the call center, and to accelerate Industry 4.0. With COVID-19 preventing people from traveling to different companies, this new digital era allows technicians and other workers to stay connected to industries and still continue their jobs remotely. Additionally, this pandemic has demonstrated the need for companies to be prepared for another situation like this and increasing the use of technology and AI is the only way to do that. Enrico ended by noting that he sees a lot of opportunities in the near future to help advance the industrial revolution. 

To learn more about SAP and the work they do, you can contact Enrico through LinkedIN.

COVID-19 and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: A Conversation with Andrea Bellezza

“COVID is not a stop but [we are] discovering [that it] is accelerating the process of the fourth Industrial Revolution,” said Andrea Bellezza, Strategy and Innovation Director at OSC Innovation, in his discussion with Francesco Rulli, Global CEO of Querlo.

Based in Rome, Italy, OSC Innovation offers innovation for businesses and large companies through the creation of customized projects with advanced technologies such as robotics, augmented and virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. 

Francesco began the interview by asking what challenges COVID-19 has created and what opportunities might arise in the post-COVID era. Andrea talked about how, despite the rapid changes due to this sudden shift to remote working, we must continue to fight and seek opportunities. He described how the world is currently split into two types of people—those who aren’t able to change and those who are. However, as this digital transformation has accelerated the fourth Industrial Revolution, it is extremely important for businesses to adapt in this new normal.

Looking towards the post-COVID era, Andrea strongly believes that Artificial Intelligence will be an essential part of the future, especially in relation to the prospective needs of businesses. A combination of human and machine intelligence could be the solution to many aspects of the new challenges facing the world, such as politics, the environment, and social relationships. Andrea ends by noting that how we use Artificial Intelligence is the key to these changes.

To learn more about OSC Innovation, you can reach Andrea through LinkedIN or visit the company’s website at www.OSCinnovation.com