Sanmeet Singh Kochhar, the Vice President for India and MENA at HMD Global, speaks about how tech is driving economic recovery today
Which products and solutions do you offer for today’s workplace?
As a human brand, we are committed to providing accessible technology for everyone through mobile phones and also services. This is reflected as we evolve into a more holistic services provider, with the launch of HMD Connect. Additionally, HMD Global also provides Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), a one-stop-shop for those looking for a flexible overall mobility solution is established. IoT solution providers, users, and organizations will all benefit from EMM adoption, as the easy-to-use HMD Enable Pro will appeal to them regardless of their company size or client base.
Those who require smartphones, an EMM solution, and connections from a single source can benefit from this service. Businesses can manage a large number of Android mobile devices by offering required apps, establishing security policies, and defining what app usage is permitted and prohibited.
How do you think technology today helps businesses grow?
Technology can assist a company in achieving a variety of goals; enabling innovation, business transformation, delivering better products and solutions, as well as better customer service. It is not only necessary for day-to-day business operations; when used properly, it can also assist businesses in achieving growth and success.
The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of technology by businesses of all scales and, in this sense, technology has been a great enabler. By adopting inclusive technology that is accessible to all, businesses can enable seamless customer experiences. Seeing as technology helps expedite numerous processes, automate various operations, and manage remote workers with ease, digital transformation is one of the driving forces behind long-term growth and success in the modern business world.
How is tech driving our economic recovery?
The global pandemic had a profound impact on a number of business aspects, inducing a slowdown across sectors. Consumer behaviour has changed, there is greater remote working and increased online and digital engagement. To thrive during the pandemic, consumers and businesses crossed the digital divide. There has been a growth in online services, such as food deliveries keeping F&B businesses afloat and e-commerce aiding the retail industry.
Digitalisation has helped businesses respond with agility to changed market conditions. Emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, are being adopted more than ever. It is impossible to overstate the importance of digitalisation as the globe recovers and adapts to a post-Covid reality. Moving forward, paperless transactions and online processes are going to be critical to guaranteeing people’s health and safety.
How is tech shaping the infrastructure of tomorrow?
Almost every aspect of infrastructure is being revolutionized by technology. Processes can be automated with the use of robotics and 5G networks provide a significant increase in bandwidth, which is being utilized. Artificial intelligence has acted as the driving force behind developing technologies such as big data, robotics, and the Internet of Things, and it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
A vast spectrum of technological advancements can be seen around the world, all of which are shaping and transforming the technology landscape and infrastructure. As a technology brand, we are constantly looking at ways to expand the human possibilities of the connected world.
How according to you, are women powering the tech industry?
According to the Arab Gulf State Institute, women make up 40% of university students in the Middle East who study computer science and information technology. Women account for 70-80 percent of computer science and IT students in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, compared to 15-20 percent in the United States.
Success on all fronts starts with creating a truly inclusive culture that embraces and promotes people of all genres, ages, and nationalities. I am a true believer that diversity is a business imperative to create more inclusive and innovative organizations.
How is your company investing in the workforce of tomorrow?
HMD Global is committed to continually investing in its current employees and their professional development, as well as seeking out talented individuals to help the company grow and prosper. As we continue to focus on digital-first marketing strategies, it’s crucial we attract and retain talent with an appreciation to continue to future-proofing our business.
How is your company working towards a sustainable future?
HMD is constantly working to reduce our products’ environmental impact. For 17 of our most recent devices, we have environmental profiles accessible, and all compounds for 15 of them may be recovered as materials and energy. As outlined in the Nokia Technologies Substance List, every device is devoid of brominated and chlorinated compounds, as well as antimony trioxide, as well as PVC and nickel on the product surface. We follow through on our commitment to sustainability by making our environmental profiles completely visible. Moving forward, we will aim to design and produce our device in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.
How do you think tech will shape the 2021 landscape?
2020 was a turning point for the technology industry, which responded quickly and decisively to the pandemic and successfully supported customers across the economy as they shifted to working from home, changed sales and delivery models, reconfigured supply chains, and accelerated their digital transformation.
Technological advancements will foster a more connected world. Businesses and individuals were sustained through the epidemic due to technology, which is now redefining how we work, live, and interact. We can now manage people in a remote collaborating world, be more transparent about privacy to optimize the value of customer data, improve R&D performance, and more attributable to technological improvements.