Digitization and Corona: How Covid-19 accelerates the digital future

With COVID-19, digital networking is more important than ever. We highlight the importance of digitization through Coronavirus

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Author: July Becker

  • COVID-XNUMX exposes new core areas of digitization
  • The focus is on user data, e-commerce and remote tools
  • Opportunity for companies to initiate modernization

These areas of digitization are becoming more important with COVID-XNUMX

The Coronavirus changed our society and industry permanently. The consequences of the pandemic also include the fact that new core areas of the Digitization be disclosed. COVID-19 enables a glimpse into a future in which local and global networking are more important than ever.

1. Sales of user data are increasing

Large US supermarkets are already increasingly selling point-of-sales data (point of sales = point of sale or purchase point at which the product is sold) to manufacturers. These react to fluctuations in demand and thus ensure a continuous supply of products for everyday needs. For example, if a particularly large amount of toilet paper is ordered online, the manufacturers can produce accordingly. It can be assumed that this process will also establish itself in other sectors, such as the fashion industry. So-called real-time availability data of products are of great interest to the user.

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2. Use of user and health data

User and health data can be used to curb the spread of diseases. AI specialists are working to use data to predict and mitigate not only COVID-19, but also other contagious diseases. This is already happening extensively in China and South Korea, where a health certificate must be provided when using public transport via QR code.

Researchers in the USA are also beginning to develop similar apps, such as the open source project CoEpi or the Private kit the one with. It is also interesting Free hospital bed trackingas a US data platform, Definitive Healthcare in partnership with Esri, already enables. The health sector could experience an urgently needed relief through the use of user and health data. Maintaining user privacy is of course essential.

3. The e-commerce sector is booming

Although and because stores cannot open, customers shop online. The Retail sector is particularly badly affected by the crisis. And anyone who has previously closed to online trading is now being instructed otherwise. From clothing to hygiene products to food, the e-commerce sector is booming. Smaller businesses in particular should take the plunge online and offer their products online to protect themselves against crises. New target groups can also be opened up in this way. For example, many restaurants now offer ordering and delivery services online or local small businesses without the possibility of e-commerce open up Community Platforms together so that you can continue to advertise your goods.

4. Remote tools such as Slack and Zoom are becoming indispensable

Working from home has impressively demonstrated the importance of tools for collaborative remote working. The accesses to the video conference software Zoom are, for example massivincreased . Zoom is used not only in companies, but also in leisure time for the virtual dinner party or the online yoga course. Slack and Google Hangouts are also experiencing a renaissance. Companies should use the crisis to permanently replace outdated communication channels with more modern solutions.


COVID-XNUMX sets new digitalization priorities

Although COVID-19 has many negative consequences, the virus also offers the chance To re-evaluate the numerous possibilities of digitization. Companies in every industry are encouraged to initiate modernization measures and to look to a digitalized future. In particular, business trips can be avoided in the future and the environment protected.


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