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Behind the scenes – your micro unit experts

Swinburne Online’s micro units wouldn’t be what they are without the insights of industry leaders who co-designed the courses. When you study a Swinburne Online micro unit, you gain an insider’s perspective into some of the dominant issues contemporary industries face when dealing with disruption and opportunity.

In this blog we speak to four industry experts who helped co-design the Swinburne Online micro units. By doing so we delve into the varied innovations driving contemporary businesses, and the efforts being made to embrace the opportunities that a future of constant change confronts us with.

Intelligent Automation and Chatbots – Anthony Bosisto

For Anthony Bosisto – an industry-leading practitioner, educator and speaker on Robotic Process Automation – intelligent automation offers businesses an opportunity to free employees from mundane and repetitive tasks, allowing them to focus on higher value work.

According to Bosisto, intelligent automation is set to have an significant impact on many industries over the next decade, and one of the chief obstacles is that currently “most business leaders have little experience in how to implement it”.

Intelligent Automation and Chatbots is designed to provide business leaders with “a roadmap on how to identify and assess automation opportunities, develop cases for change, pilot solutions and grow automation programs to enterprise scale”.

For Bosisto, if students could take one thing away from their micro unit experience, it would be the “confidence to lobby their managers and to initiate an intelligent automation program within their own company”.

Business Success in the Industry 4.0 era – Robert Wichmann

Robert Wichmann is one of the primary consultants who guided the design of the micro unit Business Success in the Industry 4.0 era. With a background in mechanical engineering and a passion for the evolution of manufacturing and design, Wichmann views digital technologies as crucial drivers for innovation, particularly as they become increasingly accessible and enable organisations to apply their competencies to new situations.

Wichmann confirms that this micro unit is compelling for the way it “breaks down Industry 4.0 into comprehensible concepts that make the pursuit of manageable goals more systematic and focused”.

As for what the future holds, Wichmann believes that widespread development and use of digital technologies will trigger an industrial shift that requires the far-sighted development of new business models that can adapt to the shifting paradigm.

Understanding the Future World of Work – Dr Sean Gallagher

The future of work is emblematic of the changing times we live in, and work is already underway across both the public sector and private enterprise to embrace the opportunities that the changing world of work entails.

Sean Gallagher – Director of Swinburne’s Centre for the New Workforce – consulted on the micro unit Understanding the Future World of Work, a micro unit that he emphasises “provides insights into how to think strategically over the coming years rather than tactically over the coming months”.

The future of work requires more than a mindset shift – it requires a mind reset.

Gallagher emphasises that “the fundamental forces that are driving changing in the workforce today will still be driving change in 10 to 20 years”.

Cybersecurity Strategy for Leaders – Peter Long

The proliferation of digital technology and advanced communication technologies has been on the whole positive, but there has also been a marked increase in sophisticated cybercrime. When it comes to ensuring the cybersecurity of contemporary businesses and organisations, a key and often overlooked consideration is the role effective management plays.

As cybersecurity expert and technology entrepreneur Peter Long contends, an effective response to cyber threat “begins with the right relationships and engagement at a leadership level”. Leadership in cybersecurity is at the heart of the micro unit Cybersecurity Strategy for Leaders.

Long’s assertion is that when it comes to building robust cybersecurity infrastructure within a business or organisation, the “human factor or soft skills need to be taken as seriously as technical skills when it comes to risk management”.

 

The way we work has evolved. So should the way we study. Power up your career with micro units – bite-sized, future-focused courses you can complete in just a few hours each week.