The Pandemic did a lot for the digital transition of Portuguese people and will leave new habits, say specialists that participated this Tuesday in the first session of the Portugal Mobi Summit in TSF Radio Station.
“Will the new mobility be digital?”. The challenge launched in the first session of the Portugal Mobi Summit, couldn’t have had a quicker answer by the four guests that, from their homes, participated in the debate that this week happened in the studios of TSF radio station, in Lisbon. During pandemic and social distancing times, innovation and technology changed from one week to the other the way we work, our business models and the organization of companies, also revolutionizing the perception that we previously had of mobility. This is what Bernando Correia, Country Manager of Google Portugal believes, together wit Helena da Silva, Chief Technology Officer at CeiiA, José Ferrari Careto, Director of the Digital Global Unit of EDP and Paula Panarra, General-Director of Microsoft Portugal.
“Never before, digital transformation was so important and so much in the forefront of priorities such as now” concluded Bernardo Correia, from Google Portugal.
Would someone have been able to imagine how these confinement weeks would have been without the million of internet cables connecting the inside to the outside? “With limited mobility and closed off commerce, people turned to smart-working and online shopping”, reminds us José Ferrari Careto. And, on the other side, companies had to “reinvent themselves in order to keep selling and communicating with their clients” explains the director of Digital Global Unit of EDP. Habits and new technologies that entered our routines, transforming the organization of companies, the way we work and business models. “I am convinced that productivity through smart-working is secured and it’s here to stay”, defends Paula Panarra, from Microsoft Portugal. In the peak of the pandemic there where even conditions to discover that in many cases, smart-working is even more advantageous than to leave home and go directly into traffic jams. “It wasn’t hard to verify that those journeys, before seen as necessary, can be avoided, creating opportunities for cutting in emissions” says Helena Silva, CTO of CeiiA – Center of Engineer and Product Development. And even the “concept of centrality” between Lisbon and Porto became flexible, with “digital proximity” resolving many problems without a physical presence. “These are a couple of reasons that made me think how the way we work and move will change even after the pandemic crisis is over”.
Needs that leads to change.
In education, health care, online shopping and online entertainment “there are changes and patterns that will shift from now on” says Bernardo Correia. Need was the “key” for the adoption of digital, now being massive, concludes José Ferrari Careto. Furthermore, and in a record time, declares Paula Panarra “what this period of time also proved is that innovation can happen with very quick adaptation periods”, underlined the General Director of Microsoft Portugal, reminding us about apps, services, products or ways of making business that emerged in these past few weeks.
These are changes that make specialists believe that many habits created during this period of time will extend in time.
It doesn’t mean that smart-working will be the only or even the main way of working: “I actually believe in a hybrid model with positive gains in terms of the environment and also of quality of life” says Paula Panarra. The post-pandemic times that will follow will try to demonstrate until where these projections are correct. Until then, this is the new normal that entered the lives of companies, families, businesses, mobility and even in the format of this third edition of the Portugal Mobi Summit, the biggest event on mobility of Portugal, organized by Global Media Group and EDP, that counts with the partnership of Via Verde, CeiiA, Cascais Town Hall and Volkswagen. In the next few months, sessions will continue, with debates, interviews, webinars and many other digital events. This will be the way until the pandemic siege lifts and we can finally arrive to the 8th and 9th of October into the Big Summit, happening live and in color in the Nova SBE, in Carcavelos, Cascais Municipality.