Will ro­bots take your job?

Telfer MBA Con­fer­ence ex­plores how fu­ture tech will im­pact how peo­ple work

Ottawa Business Journal - - BUSINESS AWARDS -

B ig data isn’t just some­thing we have to man­age, it her­alds a pro­found shift in how we live, work and play. And that’s just the be­gin­ning. We can’t talk about big data without putting it in the con­text of the In­ter­net of Things – adding in­tel­li­gence to ev­ery­day ob­jects with sen­sors that col­lect and trans­mit data over wire­less net­works.

“Big Data and An­a­lyt­ics has been the talk of the town since 2007,” said Dr. Greg Richards, MBA Di­rec­tor, Telfer School of Man­age­ment. “Much of the fo­cus has been on what we do with that data, how we man­age and mine it for busi­ness in­tel­li­gence. But it’s time to look deeper at how it will im­pact the way hu­mans work and col­lab­o­rate in the near fu­ture.”

The Univer­sity of Ot­tawa’s Telfer School of Man­age­ment will ex­plore this and other fu­ture tech top­ics dur­ing the Novem­ber edi­tion of its MBA Con­fer­ences se­ries on Nov. 19.

Con­sider the fol­low­ing:

• Cus­tomer An­a­lyt­ics that al­low a sup­plier to ship re­place­ments for a con­sum­able prod­uct be­fore you re­al­ize you need to or­der it. Any­thing from clean­ing sup­plies to k-cups for the staff cof­fee ma­chine. • Sen­sors em­bed­ded into durable goods like lawn­mow­ers, re­frig­er­a­tors or stoves that al­low for the prod­uct to be leased with rates de­ter­mined by us­age, in­stead of pur­chased out­right. This would dra­mat­i­cally change busi­ness mod­els for many sup­pli­ers. • Per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vices that bring an end to em­ploy­ment con­tracts and in­tro­duce mar­kets driven by end-to-end con­tracts. Dr. Richards will mod­er­ate a panel that will dis­cuss how man­agers must adapt to this brave new world. Pan­elists in­clude: • Christo­pher Dziekan, Re­tired - for­mer Vice-Pres­i­dent and Chief Strat­egy Of­fi­cer, Hi­tachi In­sight Group. • Eme On­uoha, Vice Pres­i­dent, Global Govern­ment Af­fairs (Canada), Xerox Cor­po­ra­tion • War­ren Tom­lin, Chief In­no­va­tion Of­fi­cer, IBM

Reg­is­ter for this free event

The Fu­ture of Work: Will Ro­bots Take Your Job takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Satur­day, Nov. 19 at the Telfer School, 55 Lau­rier Ave East, Room DMS 1160.

All MBA Con­fer­ences are open to stu­dents, alumni and the com­mu­nity at large. But space for this free event is lim­ited. To con­firm your spot, please RSVP be­fore Nov. 17.

To learn more or to reg­is­ter, call 613-562-5800 ext. 4684 or visit www.telfer.uOt­tawa.ca/mba­con­fer­ences

GREG RICHARDS, DI­REC­TOR, MBA PRO­GRAM

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