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Katie's Blog | Conference Recap

Saangpi Suan - Monday, August 08, 2016

Two weeks ago we held our annual Trident Education conference. Our theme of "Move Fast and Shake Things 2016" proved to be one which allowed many delegates to share how they have shaken, been shaken, moved fast or failed fast over the last 12 months.

At Trident, we embrace the notion of failing fast through trying innovative ideas. We believe that it is impossible to run a business without failing at something every once in a while, unless we live so cautiously that we fail to innovate at all. As the old rules of business crumble - we make up our own rules based on our company pillars - People/ Integrity/ Longevity/ Trust/ Philanthropy. We could almost add moving fast as another pillar as we understand that the satisfied need ceases to motivate. This desire to move fast comes from 32 years of experience - our experience comes from bad judgment and good judgment comes from our experience.

The Dollar Shave Club

An inspiring recent example of moving fast and shaking things is The Dollar Shave Club, essentially a managed service for beards and moustaches! Through offering consumers the chance to purchase online for a small monthly fee, male faces all over the world are trim and neat for only a few dollars a month. Their innovative and quirky advertising, makes us want them to succeed over the Goliath's of the shaving industry. They have now expanded into wet wipes toilet paper aptly named One Wipe Charlie. The internet, mass transportation and globalisation enabled the club to recently sell for over 1 billion US dollars after only 5 years. 

The club proved it was possible to leverage technology, transportation systems and globalization to disrupt the industry and produce a valuable and disruptive organization. The Shave Club used Amazon Web Services, and shows us that manufacturing now is just as much a line item as is a distribution apparatus. This is the business strategy of many other disruptive companies, including Airbnb and Uber who would never have been possible without a number of inventions including the internet, the smartphone and location tracking technology.


Rethinking Industry

 

At our Trident Education Conference, IBM futurist, Dr Simon Eassom spoke of how 3D printing was going to change the manufacturing industry. 3D printing has been around for decades, better known as additive manufacturing (building an object layer by layer). Today we sell a range of consumer friendly 3D printers with reduced footprints, different materials and new techniques. Technology has developed to the point where we are rethinking industry. 

The next industrial revolution is opening up manufacturing to the whole world - where everyone can participate in the process. This democratization idea will be similar to the early IT journey - from enormous mainframes in the hands of a few, to minuscule devices in suit pockets. Desktop 3D printing manufacturing technology can be done at home, the office, a hospital or a school, bringing manufacturing to non-manufacturers the way PCs brought computing to non-traditional environments. Soon it may be possible for the military to print replacement parts right on the battlefield instead of having to rely on limited spares and supply.

Moving fast and shaking things has never been more important, or more interesting. It is a joyful privilege to lead a dynamic and disruptive IT organization into this next industrial wave.



 

 Kaite Bentley
Chief Executive Innovator
Trident Computer Services

 

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