It’s high time pharma organisations have digital education department: Yugal Sikri

“It’s high time that pharma organisations have a department called digital education where every single employee of old age or middle age can learn the new lingo,” said Yugal Sikri, Chairman, Pharmaceutical Management, School of Business Management NMIMS University.

Fast paced innovations are order of the day in India, said Sikri during the elets Pharma CIO Summit held recently in Mumbai.

“But even the largest of pharma organisations do not have digital education department to make every single employee digitally enabled,” said Sikri, who is also Director of Pharmaceutical Technology Management, SPP School of Pharmacy and Technology Management, NMIMS University.

We thought things are happening globally — in the Western world — but things are happening right here in our own country at a dramatic pace, he added.

Saying that in the last 10 years a lot of things have disappeared that we thought were part of our lives, Sikri stressed: “We need to look at digitalisation and innovations from the perspective of fast paced change happening around us. I don’t think it’s a choice. It’s rather a necessity. It is mandatory today for us to be digitally aware about what’s happening around.

Business is changing dynamics and we got to recognise it,” Sikri observed.

“There are lots of statements being made that the changes that have taken place in the last 10 years are more than cumulative changes of the last 200 years. It is, therefore, important for us to keep pace with the change. It’s also important for us to understand the new lingo of technology, he said.

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