Operating models shaped by disruptors

11 Oct 2017
Christopher J. Wiernicki

Christopher J. Wiernicki: “Digital is our new norm and is here to stay"

The marine and offshore industries have rapidly evolving operating models and this “new norm” is shaped by disruptive technology changes.

This was the message from Christopher J. Wiernicki, chairman, president and CEO of ABS, as he reinstated the World Maritime University’s Kinney Lecture Series by emphasising the influence of unprecedented and disruptive changes in technology, skill sets and leadership.

“Digital is our new norm and is here to stay,” said Mr Wiernicki. “It is characterized by rapid and disruptive change driven by technology and requiring new mindsets, new skill sets, new regulatory and classification relationships and leadership roles to ensure we continue to maximize safety and minimize environmental impacts.

“It’s clear that a digital transformation is only successful when it is holistic, not segmented.”

Mr Wiernicki outlined key industry megatrends and impacts to the marine and offshore industries specifically.

He described the new norm as an industry transformation focused on improving productivity, efficiency and optimisation; embracing digitisation and connectivity; recognising shifts in talent requirements and development; leveraging data; and requiring a convergent mindset that values technical viability as well as economic feasibility and societal sustainability.

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