Bridging the Digital Gap with Axelle Lemaire

In this episode of LokadTV we are joined by the Global Head of Terra Numerata, Axelle Lemaire. Axelle previously worked as Minister for Digital Affairs within Fran├žois Hollande’s government and has recently taken on this new role at Terra Numerata - the digital arm of Roland Berger.

Terra Numerata is a curated global network composed of start-ups and innovative companies offering services that are complementary to Roland Berger’s business expertise. Here, she is bringing together both startups and technology companies alike in order to maximise their potential within an ever more competitive digital world.

In this episode, we get her insights on the topic of digitalization and how the widespread adoption of digital technologies has lead to traditional companies completely reinventing themselves. The business landscape has changed vastly over the past few years, creating a highly dynamic and exciting environment with more start-ups than ever, meaning that numerous other businesses have had to adapt. Smartphones, e-commerces and social media have all revolutionised how many industries function.

We can say that nearly all companies have been digitalised for quite some time. However, many companies claim to be fully digitalized but in reality this is often only on the surface. We learn why digitalization actually requires a completely different culture, where a company entirely rethinks their strategy in depth. We discuss some of the key digital trends that we have seen across a range of different industries and why many companies are expanding on all verticals in order to have a greater control over their supply chain.

To round things off, we debate whether there are any negatives to digitalization and if having such an increasing reliance on computers for all aspects of our lives could be problematic in the future. Awareness of this is definitely increasing, but is it enough and just how is it transforming the inner structure of businesses? We also explore some of the exciting new tech trends on the horizon.