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    Borja González (Nebrija): "In digital transformation 80% are people and 20% technology".

    May 31, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras


      In the process of digitalization of a company "80% has to do with people and 20% with technology", said the director of the Nebrija Polytechnic School and Dean Nebrija Business & Technology School, Borja González del Regueral at the opening of the conference The future of energy: efficiency and digitalization, organized by elEconomista in collaboration with Celonis, Inetum and OVHCloud.

      The expert pointed out that the transformation in the culture of the company is a fundamental part, and especially in the electricity sector, to carry out a process of digital transformation of a company. What González means by this is that, on the one hand, in addition to establishing "a strengthening of the digital infrastructure" the "hierarchical" model that energy companies traditionally have "changes completely" when artificial intelligence is incorporated.

      In the field of network resilience, he assured that "we have to talk about the whole team behind", in addition to the fact that digital transformation implies "putting the customer and the consumer at the center" to then transform.

      That is, a company that begins to implement a model based on decision making through data generated by digitization, and operated artificial intelligence, its processes "change completely" and you have to change work models that "were previously done by hand, for example," he said.

      Borja González also spoke of "the three Ds" of the energy sector: decarbonization, decentralization and digitalization. Firstly, the expert assured that "we have to comply with what society demands of us, which is a 1.5 ºC reduction in the planet's temperature". González was very forceful in this aspect, and said that this "affects both production and consumption". In this sense, he pointed out that we must seek to "integrate renewables into the grid, because now consumers will also be able to dump energy".

      Secondly, he stressed the need to look for different alternatives such as "long-term storage", as is the case with gas. "This paradigm puts us in a strategic place in Europe, if we get it right we can be an industrial power," he said.

      In terms of decentralization, the speaker assured that it is necessary to establish "a production linked to consumption". He also said that there is "a paradigm shift" both in efficient buildings, energy transportation or even electric vehicles "that can act as a buffer within the network," he said.

      It is at this point where the third "D" comes in, which is digitalization. Borja González told that this already started in 2017 with the installation of digital meters. Through this technology "we can manage the demand and supply that balances the management of the network". But for this it is necessary to go further through a "sensorization", which controls the flows both by the producer and the consumer "and thus be able to manage demand peaks and lower carbon emissions".

      Hydrogen was also present in the speech of this expert: "we have a good enough infrastructure network to channel hydrogen," he said. And he even assured that it could be channeled "in 15% or 20%".

      Cybersecurity and talent were two topics on which Borja Garcia also wanted to focus his speech. He stressed that "unfortunately, we have to invest in cybersecurity" and gave the example of the financial sector. He also gave the example of the war in Ukraine: "there was a blackout because a hacker got into the network".

      In the field of talent he was very clear: "we must attract and retain". He reiterated that engineers now "no longer have to know so much about the electricity and gases part", he stressed that now "we need people who can sit in front of a team and speak the same language". All this is complemented by investment in innovation and he made a mention to pay attention "to the startups that are emerging around the energy sector".


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