Incoming Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre
Image: Incoming Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre

It was election day in Norway on Monday, a Norwegian right likened to selecting one’s favorite apple from the spectrum of apple varieties. It’s a far cry from the “apples and oranges” polarization pickle that other nations find themselves caught in these days, and by all accounts, Norway’s 5.328 million inhabitants are happier for it – at least according to the World Happiness Index.

The red apples were the fan favorites this year, with Norway’s Labor Party, Arbeiderpartiet, taking the top spot. The triumphant party will now commence talks with their more like-minded political peers on how their coalition government will pan out. It’s a process of collaboration and compromise, which are perhaps the defining characteristics of any Norwegian regime, no matter how red or blue. 

Norwegian public affairs expert Erlend Bollman Bjørtvedt, founder of the country risk mitigation company Corisk, sheds some light on how Norway exercises its impact and what the awaiting administration may influence next.

According to a Tech Pro Research survey, 70% of companies either have a digital transformation strategy in place or are working on one, an impressive figure which might suggest that the vast expanse of industry is well on its way to a promising digital future. In reality, 70% of digital transformations fail, most often due to resistance from employees, according to research conducted by McKinsey.

Stakeholder demand and public expectation continue to rise at pace. Driven by the pressure to decarbonize, nearly every sector is setting more rigorous sustainability standards with digitalization at their heart. If companies can’t manage the change, they risk reputational damage and becoming irrelevant.

“When it comes to digitalization, what companies need most is to outline their commitment and goals and formulate a plan to offer structure and translate strategy into action for their people,” says John Sczurko, executive president of consulting at Wood.

Yasuki Tsukahara of Yokogawa

Yasuki Tsukahara, the director and managing executive officer for Yokogawa Solution Service Co. Ltd., reflects on the complex and data-intensive path we must take to reach a renewably powered world.

After 35 years with Yokogawa, Yasuki Tsukahara has had many careers within the company. It began by supporting business development for international oil companies and it led to his position today, helping to build solutions for industrial automation, as well as testing and measurement solutions, around the world. Currently his focus is on delivering solutions to help the renewables industry succeed. In Yokogawa’s mission to support a world powered by renewables, Tsukahara outlines three must-haves to make renewables a more viable option for the power providers.