Surviving and thriving in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Ready or not, we have entered what the World Economic Forum has dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution, when emerging digital capabilities such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality and natural language processing (NLP) will cause an unprecedented level of disruption to how we live, work, make and play. And while the scale of this disruption will be greater than during the Third Industrial Revolution — the age of electronics and computing that began in the late 60s — it will also happen at a considerably faster pace.

Depending on your perspective, this is either a very exciting or very scary prospect, particularly when you consider that 50 percent of the Fortune 500 companies have disappeared since the year 2000. The leadership teams at these largest organizations are struggling to chart a course that will give their companies a fighting chance of survival in the next five years.

It is also interesting to note the varying degrees to which sectors have been disrupted to date — or not, as the case may be. In fact, two of the sectors that represent the greatest capacity for digital disruption are healthcare and insurance — two areas in which DXC Technology, fortunately, has significant intellectual property assets and deep domain expertise.

Exploit the opportunities

As we look back at how the tech sector has evolved over the last 50 years or so, we observe dominant players emerging at different stages. In computing for example, we had IBM with the mainframe, Intel and Microsoft during the personal computing era and now Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (two of DXC’s global strategic partners) leading the cloud computing race.

And while we can confidently predict that the majority of an enterprise’s workloads will reside on one or both of these platforms in the future, there has never been a greater need for world-leading, independent, end-to-end IT services companies to help these leadership teams exploit the opportunities ahead of us all.

Many companies are turning to partners to help navigate the stormy waters that lie ahead and lead them on their digital transformation journeys to surviving and thriving in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Here in Ireland, DXC teams are working day in, day out, helping some of our largest enterprise and public sector clients deliver better outcomes using digital technologies. Whether it’s providing faster access to better patient care, helping keep liquidity flowing across the banking system, testing mobile applications at one of the world’s largest airlines or supporting integrated ticketing across our national transport system, our teams are delivering essential services for our valued clients each and every day.

I’m impressed with what we are doing today at DXC. But, having recently visited various Irish DXC sites after taking over as Ireland Country Manager on 1st January, it is what we will do tomorrow that has me really excited.

While we walk in the footsteps of our predecessors in CSC and HPE/EDS, as DXC we have rapidly established a new “Born Digital” global IT services powerhouse. I’m looking forward to working with our committed teams across Ireland to build on the success we have achieved with our Irish clients to date, and I have no doubt that our best days are ahead of us.

Viva la révolution!


Rowan McGrath was recently appointed Country Manager Ireland, with responsibility for DXC Technology’s business on the island of Ireland. He joined DXC (then known as CSC) in 2014 from BT Ireland and has held a number of senior sales and general management positions. Rowan started his career as an Army Officer in the Irish Defence Forces and served with the United Nations in Lebanon.

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