The race is on! I can’t wait to see who will join us, what the feedback will be and where the discussions will take us.

Today marks the start of the new free openSAP course “Sustainability through Digital Transformation“. I had the pleasure to be part of the team that helped to prepare the course and get the word out. While I contributed a rather minor portion, the project still became very dear to my heart. That’s why I am so excited to learn how the course will resonate with participants and what thoughts and ideas they will be sharing in the online discussions.

During the past months, I have come across many amazing examples of companies – large and small – that embraced the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their business. Some are creative or surprising, others smart or deliberate. Many are bold and inspiring. Either way, I could see the relevance of the SDGs increasing for companies – be it as a must-have to not fall behind and fulfill stakeholder expectations or as an opportunity to explore new business models and grow.  

While there are quite a few sustainability practitioners who have discovered how to use IT and digital technology as an enabler or accelerator, there are still many who do not yet have the awareness or understanding. I see that when talking to other sustainability professionals in other companies who often have little IT background and rarely consider IT as a part of the solution.

The World Economic Forum in Davos and its theme “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” have put forward the topic. The course now hopes to build on that and bring to more people’s attention the many opportunities digitization offers to further drive sustainability. Our wish is that it becomes more widely understood, how technology power can help companies become more successful while contributing to the SDGs and transforming their business and industries for the better. Let’s see how the online discussions will reflect whether we will achieve this …


What’s your view? Enroll and join in the discussion within the course or share your thoughts here on SCN too.

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