The Future of Work in 2017 and Beyond

Digital transformation will put US$5.9 trillion (approximately SGD 8.1 trillion) in revenue up for grabs for companies across industries in the region by 2018[1]. There is a little doubt in the minds of business leaders that digital transformation is strategically important to their corporate, and personal, fortunes in the immediate future. It would be pertinent to understand the changing nature of work, the changing nature of commerce, and the changing characteristics of success in this brave new world in 2017 and beyond.

Manish Bahl, Senior Director, Centre for the Future of Work at Cognizant bets heavily on AI as future of work. Read the full article via the link at the bottom which details the following points further:

  • The focus on human-centric skills will increase sharply.
  • The gap between digital leaders and laggards will widen.
    • Last-Mover Disadvantage: Laggards Pay 160% Penalty for Inaction
    • IoT and AI to shape the technology agenda
  • The Internet of things (IoT) will lead to “the vulnerability of things.”
  • Fact, not fiction – AI will come to reality and become a real business.



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Manoj Kumar

A senior management consulting professional and an entrepreneur by heart, Manoj has led global change programs for fortune 500 companies like HSBC, Fidelity Investments, and GE. His expertise lies in functional strategy development, operating model building, process analysis, operational improvement, and simplification including global implementation of BI technologies. In 2014, he was recognized as one of the Top 72 HR Analytics Influencers worldwide.

He is currently working as the Vice President, HR Analytics, HSBC. He is also very active in the Entrepreneurial community in India.
His entrepreneurial stints include – India’s first online Toy Rental Company “Rentoys” (, featured in Outlook Money, ET, DARE, UTV Pitch, ET Now, BangaloreMirror, Indian Express, DNA)
and an online marketplace for Indian voiceover artists – (1000+ artist community)