It seems no matter where you look you will read about how technology will change all aspects of our personal and our business lives. The promise of all the available and new “mature” technology will allow us to do the unimaginable. My most popular blog series is the Future of Shipbuilding (15+ years)
I am definitely one of those people who love technology and know it will transform our lives enough that we will not recognize it even 10 years from now. However, where I differ from most writing about technology is that I understand the difficulty from incorporating what seems to be “magical” technology into business, especially the business of shipbuilding. Instead of writing purely about technology I write from the intersection of my 3 passions Technology, Business, Shipbuilding.
In one of my last blog posts Shipbuilding Tech Predictions for 2018 I received a lot of feedback and comments about how I predicted that the shipbuilding industry will not see very much widespread adoption with many of the technologies in 2018. Some agreed and others wondered how a person who writes about the future of technology can be so pessimistic about our ability to adopt new technology.
First, I do not think I am a pessimist at all. I am an optimist but understand that incorporating any improvement into the shipbuilding industry takes time even if the technology is very mature. I could call myself a “realist” but I think everyone thinks or hopes they are…and I am no different.
I thought I would write a blog post about the main challenges we all need to overcome in our industry which is why I think the “initial” incorporation of technology is taking time and will continue to do so.
The top challenges I see are:
- Business Transformation is Required and it is Very Hard
- Our Current Culture Eats Our Strategy
- Software Platforms are Not Fully Capable for Shipbuilding, Yet
- Handling Legacy Data & Systems
- Inexperience with Implementation of Modern Technology