The importance of digital transformation has increased over the last months. Many businesses are now assured of the effectiveness of the different technologies they have implemented, while many others have not yet set out on this process, and they are just beginning to draw up strategies for initiating the transformation.
Like many other technologies, Blockchain is becoming very important, companies and institutions have implemented it in different solutions, so that they can benefit from Blockchain’s decentralization, traceability and security.
The industry has undergone significant changes since the first industrial revolution that began in the second half of the 18th century, up until today. The transformation has been remarkable and new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Robotic Automation, Machine Learning, Big Data and others make it possible to enter a new period; the fourth industrial revolution.
The concept of an intelligent, connected and sustainable city is becoming more advanced, according to the Smart City Index 2019. Cities like Singapore, Zurich, Oslo and in Spain; Bilbao, Madrid or Barcelona are within the ranking that evaluates the level of development and strategies for better energy efficiency, mobility or environmental impact. The main aim of a smart city is to contribute to a better quality of life of all its inhabitants.
BISITE Research Group’s academic offer this year includes a total of 8 master’s degrees, which are oriented to new technologies. Our fundamental mission is to train professionals capable of developing strategies for the advancement of the current industrial revolution, smart cities and global businesses.
I have had the opportunity to collaborate with the Agència per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya (AQU), and to chair one of its External Evaluation Committees.
Digital transformation is driven primarily by Artificial Intelligence, ICT, Blockchain, Cloud Computing, Finance and Marketing; all these technologies are the lines of research of our group, BISITE.
Digital animation professionals are currently in high demand due to the amount of multimedia content that is being produced and consumed. Films, series and above all video games, shape this industry, which in 2018 alone reached a turnover of 1,530 million euros in Spain.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is irrupting in numerous contexts. There are very few areas have not undergone significant changes yet while the majority have benefited from the incorporation of sensors or devices capable of collecting and analysing data.