Participants from the USA, Italy, Lithuania, Belarus, Vietnam and Russia attended the TEDS'20 Conference on November 10. This year, for the first time, the event was held in an online format, which, however, did not affect the number of its participants - thanks to modern information technologies, over 350 people joined the conference organized by the Higher School of Management Faculty of the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation. Welcoming the participants of the event, Professor of the Department of Management and Innovation of the Faculty of Higher School of Management, Dean of the Faculty of Higher School of Management of the Financial University, General Director of Goznak, Arkady Trachuk, noted that this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to work in specific conditions and conduct remote sessions. "Representatives of 15 large scientific centres of Russia joined our conference, namely Moscow, St. Petersburg, Omsk, Togliatti, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Perm and other cities, as well as many leading educational institutions of the country, including St. Petersburg State University of Economics, National Research University Higher School of Economics and MGIMO. The interest in Management Sciences is very great on the part of the business community: representatives of Severstal participate in the plenary session, and representatives of Sberbank, Rosseti, various associations, for example, PMI and other organizations, take part in certain conference events," he said. Arkady Trachuk. The key topic of discussion at the conference was a digital transformation.
For example, Irwin Rauch, Professor of the Department of Production Technologies and Systems at the Free University of Bolzano (Italy), spoke about the second stage of Industry 4.0, particularly the role of artificial and biological intelligence in production. The expert spoke about a combined approach based on a combination of digital and biological transformation, focusing on the possibilities of using biosimilar technologies. Joseph Sarkis, professor of management at the Foisy School of Business at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (USA), devoted his speech to the blockchain technology in demand today. He stressed that there is still debate about what blockchain is. In this regard, it is essential to develop a definition of blockchain so that everyone can use this technology. The professor noted that blockchain's basic idea is based on decentralized databases and distributed record systems, and it became popular with the advent of bitcoin. Among the main characteristics of the blockchain, the speaker noted decentralization, security, transparency, immutability. According to Joseph Sarkis, blockchain technologies can contribute to the creation of sustainable supply chains and a circular economy. Continuing the speech of foreign colleagues, Alexey Zaslavsky, General Director of WISETECO, I-Teco Group of Companies, in his report "Infonomics: Information as an Asset" pushed away from the Russian definition of the concept of "digital economy", which is currently used everywhere and defined this term more succinctly. "One of the most successful definitions of the digital economy is given in the "Strategy for the Development of the Information Society in the Russian Federation for 2017-2030," the speaker specified.
- The digital economy is an economic activity in which digital data are the key factors of production and are capable of producing a significant economic effect, increasing work efficiency in comparison with other types of activity. IIn other words, the digital economy is a data economy.
All other digital technologies, the transition to Industry 4.0, the possibility of using data processing solutions are based on this data.
Alexey Zaslavsky elaborated on the interpretation of the concept of "info-economics", explaining that we are talking about a theory that asserts the economic significance of information, offers the concept of monetization, management and measurement of information as an actual asset; involves the joint application of the principles and practices of economics and asset management to the assessment, processing and implementation of information assets. The capabilities of infonomics directly correspond to business and government needs in assessing data and managing information as a real asset. Denis Naumov, Senior Manager of the Business System Development Center at Severstal Management, and Alexander Kolobov, Business System Development Director at Severgroup LLC, shared their experience of using Lean Digital and the product approach at Severstal.
The company began to implement Lean Digital technology in 2009. The speakers spoke in detail about this technology and the approach to developing a business initiative to reduce losses in production processes through the use of digital technologies on the example of applying solutions at Severstal. Today, companies are successfully using digital technologies such as machine learning, mathematical optimization, and computer vision.
Technology and Entrepreneurship in Digital Society (TEDS'20) conference is being held for the third time. The problems discussed within the framework of it arouse the great interest of the audience.