As many of us know from the pictures of food pantry lines that wrapped around blocks early on in the pandemic, food insecurity rose rapidly over the past year. In the face of that need, amongst many other rising basic needs, the business community reconsidered many of its long-held beliefs on community impact and saw the crisis as a way to shape new approaches to social change.
“Innovation across cloud, data management, and AI is accelerating faster than ever before. It’s incredibly rewarding to see how these solutions are integrating to transform citizen lives and experiences.”
-Booz Allen Vice President Dan Tucker
From the distribution of stimulus checks and tracking disease transmission rates, to the timely delivery of veterans’ benefits, cloud technology enabled many of the most critical government services over the last year.
While engineers and scientists are always innovating, the past year shined an especially bright spotlight on several areas: modernized infrastructure, technology systems, and scientific solutions supporting remote and limited-access environments, as well as emerging innovations in space and the digital battlespace.
"This isn’t about crystal balls. It is about seeing the inevitably of major capabilities that will be available two or three decades out, and how you should act today to be in position to make the best use of these fantastic building blocks of the future to advance your mission."
Fabien Thibault, global manager, product and packaging sustainability at MilliporeSigma
Across industries, sustainability is becoming an increasing expectation. From reducing emissions to increasing recycling, both businesses and consumers are looking for ways in which they can reduce their environmental impact. But when it comes to products and packaging in the life science industry, developing sustainable solutions while meeting transit and safety regulation requirements is an ongoing challenge.
Now, imagine the complexity of executing this process for more than 300,000 products and 2.5 million SKUs along with associated packaging.
As fintech innovations like cryptocurrency impact everything from regulatory compliance to financial inclusion, government agencies are challenged to modernize their systems and keep up. Meanwhile, they must keep their existing finance-related activities efficiently running amid flat or reduced IT budgets, siloed systems, and aging legacy technologies.
It’s probably happened to us all. We’re given directions to a friend or colleague’s home in a remote area, and try as we might, we can’t find the location on our maps or apps.
For most of us, it’s an occasional annoyance. But for frontline CLP employees performing routine meter reading services everyday, confusing street numbers and vague addresses could cost them a huge amount of time and effort.
In April 2019, the Life Science business of Merck* launched a four-year initiative that was aimed at improving its sustainability efforts when it came to packaging. For a global business shipping around 30,000 packages every day, the task was enormous. From reducing the overall amount of packaging it was using, maximising recycling, improving plastics sustainability and even targeting zero deforestation, the initiative was a statement of intent by the business to begin to understand its environmental impact – and do something about it.