It’s not an easy time to be growing a business but industries and companies that keep abreast of major trends such as digitalisation are likely to fare better in the recovery, according to business consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

The firm has identified a range of trends impacting the business world, including a rising demand for smart cities solutions (the market is set to reach $2.46 trillion by 2025) autonomous “lights-out” operations (no human intervention required) to allow remote asset management.

Other trends include:

  • The rise of contactless surfaces driven by heightened hygiene requirements, which will give home automation and security markets a boost and ramp up demand for touchless technologies such as voice command
  • Workplaces will want everything in the cloud so that they can remain connected no matter where they are
  • Health has become digital, with telehealth and robotic care to become the norm
  • Global trade has been disrupted due to geopolitical imbalances
  • The behavioural analytics market is expected to boom, with behavioral data to be used to enhance healthcare systems, financial services, and cybersecurity post covid
  • The supply chain industry is being optimised by using technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, advanced robotics and real-time inventory tracking
  • Faster deployment of artificial intelligence, starting with disease management but then filtering into other industry applications

Job movements

The senior leadership team at Warren and Mahoney’s Sydney studio is growing, with Tamara White joining as its newest principal within the interior design arm.

Ms White joins the studio from Woods Bagot, where she was principal for 14 and a half years and led major projects for NAB, San Francisco International Airport, Qantas and Google.

Her experience is focused interior design, predominantly in the workplace, aviation and hospitality sectors across Australia and North America. 

David Hoad is also returning to the studio after a two-year stint with Architectus.

Daniel Tides has joined Mirvac as BIM manager. He previously worked at digital twin business asBUILT DIGITAL and has also worked for architecture studios Grimshaw and Jackson Teece. 

After working a Arup for five years, Jannie McLeod is joining 3XN. The Danish architects are behind the new Quay Quarter Tower that plans to retain much of the existing fabric to save on embodied carbon and resources. It’s also responsible for the new Sydney Fish Market design.

Ms McLeod will join the company as the new head of operations.

Our pick of the jobs

Local governments are getting serious about sustainability, with many declaring a climate and biodiversity emergency.

The Bellingen Shire Council in the mid north coast of NSW has declared a Climate Emergency Declaration and needs an experienced sustainability officer to join the team.

Or go work in the spectacular high-country region of north east Victoria for the Alpine Shire Council, which needs someone to lead the sustainability team as sustainability coordinator.  

The Narrabri Shire Council in NSW’s north west is looking for a director of planning and environment.

South Pole a private consulting firm with 400 people globally and 20 in Australia is searching for four new staff in Australia and 50 globally. See the website’s jobs section and a mention of why company tips a V shaped recovery in sustainability in News From the Front Desk last week.