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Cognizant today introduced The Future-Ready Business Benchmark, research from Economist Impact, commissioned by Cognizant. This comprehensive survey of business leaders across eight industries and 10 countries is aimed at understanding the state of the modern business and how leaders are preparing for long-term success in a post-pandemic world. The research identifies three essential interrelated areas that leaders must prioritize to create a resilient, future-ready enterprise: 1) Realizing full value from accelerated technology adoption, 2) overhauling workforce strategies, and 3) closing the gap on thought and action in the face of growing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) challenges.

“Resilience is the new must-have capability for every organization that expects to thrive in this time of intensifying competition, ever-accelerating digital technology, and unpredictable global events,” said Euan Davis, Head of Cognizant Research. “To succeed as a modern business, leaders must be ready for anything, and prioritization is key when everything seems equally critical. We’ve shown that savvy technology investment, attention on developing talent with new and expanded skillsets, and embedding and acting on an ESG agenda are core elements of focus on which leaders can build. The successful CxOs will build future-ready, resilient businesses by ensuring their organizations learn, adapt, and continually evolve.”

Economist Impact surveyed 2,000 senior executives in 10 countries across North AmericaEurope, and Asia-Pacific to assess and compare their businesses across a range of metrics.

Survey highlights include these insights:

  • Strategic clarity is muddled. Over 90% of business leaders surveyed say it is a strategic priority to adopt a data-driven approach and create a digital-first business model, with 37% citing both imperatives, along with the need to align operations with these new modes of working, as “business critical.”
  • Technology investment is accelerating beyond what has become the standard shopping list of cloud, advanced analytics, IoT and artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) even while respondents say they are not yet realizing full value of existing investments. In addition to these foundational technologies, of which the vast majority of respondents, 80%, say they have adopted or plan to adopt, there is a growing appetite for an emerging set of technologies; over 60% of respondents say they plan to or are already adopting quantum computing, blockchain, and robotics.
  • Workforce and talent management strategies need a major overhaul to prepare workers for new ways of work. Nearly half of respondents, at 46%, recognize they lack the skilled talent necessary to make productive use of advanced technologies. When asked about the biggest hurdles to implementing new processes, products, services and technologies over the last 12 months, the two most significant challenges were workforce-related: a lack of knowledgeable staff and a chronic lack of focus on preparing workers for the new ways of work. For example, just one-third, or 33%, of respondents are using data to identify and understand training needs and cultivate talent.
  • Business resilience is at risk for companies that recognize ESG as a critical consideration but fail to take action to integrate ESG throughout the organization. Nine in 10 decision-makers, or 90%, recognize attending to ESG issues is an important aspect of being a modern business. However, there is a massive disconnect between recognition and action, with only 31% having dedicated staff and resources devoted to ESG, and only 35% incorporating ESG into company strategy. A slight majority, 54%, report setting and taking action on specific environmental targets, while only 44% currently measure social impact.

“Many businesses today are struggling to prepare for next month, let alone years from now,” noted Vaibhav Sahgal, Principal at Economist Impact. “Firms genuinely embedding principles of future-readiness from our Future-Ready Business Benchmark into their operational realities will maintain and grow their competitive advantage. Our data validated the fact that it is particularly challenging to make progress on the matter when juggling a vast array of often competing priorities. Our guidance is to start where the gaps are most significant and dial up the focus on people; the benchmark offers tangible calls to action for businesses across countries and industries. A failure to embrace the volatility that is here to stay, and prioritize business plans and investments accordingly, puts your business at the risk of losing relevance.”

Study Methodology
The Future-Ready Business Benchmark, research from Economist Impact, supported by Cognizant, examines the state of businesses today in light of the needs of tomorrow. It was developed through a rigorous process of research, expert consultations, data collection and analysis. The benchmark reflects a range of key considerations and measures of future-readiness for multi-national firms from 10 developed economies and eight industries, spanning the external environment, business preparedness factors and current performance, and focused on cross-cutting themes including firm fundamentals, talent, technology and innovative ability, and ESG.

Wladimir P. is a Content Editor at European Gaming Media and at PICANTE Media and covers a large variety of industries.

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CBiGroup Completes $15M Series A Funding, Focuses on R&D

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COTI V2 changing private play on blockchain via encrypted circuit

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COTI V2 is revolutionizing blockchain technology with private play through encrypted circuits, offering enhanced speed and efficiency. Currently, the Genesis builder network is live, and the company is inviting developers to join their program. The network supports private play upgrades for Ethereum.

As a privacy-focused Ethereum layer 2 solution, COTI V2 employs advanced encryption technology and encrypted circuits, enabling operations on all devices without compromising personal data.

The primary goal of COTI V2, as outlined in its whitepaper, is to address private play issues on blockchains. Developers can protect privacy through encrypted circuits. The COTI V2 Devnet provides a user-friendly, connectible EVM space (gcEVM) using the Solidity programming language.

Additionally, the COTI V2 network offers developers tools for privacy play with TypeScript and Python SDKs, along with EVM RPC, documentation, a faucet, an explorer, and Hardhat.

COTI has received positive feedback from Civic, a provider of Web3 identification toolkits.

The COTI Foundation plans to launch a privacy-focused growth fund, the ABC Growth Fund, allocating 400 million COTI tokens to provide real-time privacy services.

Developers using the COTI V2 builder network can explore use cases such as confidential DeFi, private payment transactions, stablecoins and RWAs, on-chain data control, confidential AI and machine learning, and decentralized identity recognition.

According to COTI CEO Shahaf Bar-Geffen, the COTI V2 builder and developer program is now available to the public, inviting developers to join the network.

Source: cryptonewsz.com

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