Coatings Issue 3 | Vol 8 | 2020

    History teaches us about the renaissance, the industrial revolution – we had the stone age, bronze age and iron age. In our lives, we experienced the time of paper, radio and television. As a young journalist at the beginning of this millennium, I remember being hauled over the coals by our editor-inchief for contacting people on email and not phoning.

    As a young journalist I was excited about the prospects of new technology – e-mail rather than a fax or a phone call. I could schedule meetings and have a diary on the go, why was business so slow in catching up? Two decades later and globally we were dumped into the worst pandemic the world has seen for a century. What followed was the digital age version 2.0 – companies overnight decentralised business.

    The new buzzword was WFH and a movement was started that saw companies adopting adjusted processes and policies to continue high quality deliverables. Our own company saw output shoot through the roof, as employees adjusted to their new work life and in most cases, the business was the big winner.

    As we exit the first peak and a possible vaccine gains momentum, we cannot ignore the incredible impact this pandemic had
    on our businesses. How did we adjust to the world of digital space?

    We meet online, our work is stored in a cloud and digital innovation has become a cornerstone of what will be delivered in the next decade. Coatings SA is part of the new version of the digital age – we have always had a printed magazine, and this will continue. However, the publication since inception has been available online – www.diytradenews.co.za to read it.
    During the first six weeks of lockdown (level 5), I was fortunate to lead a team to host our first-ever digital events, and
    as of 1 September, we have hosted 20 successful events. As I take a moment to reflect on the past year and the positive impact it has had on us, I invite you to engage with us over exciting opportunities to help you engage with your clients.

    We meet online, our work is stored in a cloud and digital innovation has become a cornerstone of what will be delivered in the next decade. Coatings SA is part of the new version of the digital age – we have always had a printed magazine, and this will continue. However, the publication since inception has been available online – www.diytradenews.co.za to read it. During the first six weeks of lockdown (level 5), I was fortunate to lead a team to host our first-ever digital events, and
    as of 1 September, we have hosted 20 successful events. As I take a moment to reflect on the past year and the positive impact it has had on us, I invite you to engage with us over exciting opportunities to help you engage with your clients.

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