NEC opens academy for promoting digital transformation

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Tokyo, Japan: NEC Corporation said it has opened an academy for promoting digital transformation. The NEC Academy for Future Creation Design will help in developing human resources that are well-versed in digital transformation (DX).

The academy is dedicated to imparting service design skills and mindsets that leverage “design thinking” and promote the advancement of DX.

NEC has already trained over 2,500 employees in design thinking and aims to accept 1,500 participants to the academy over the next three years.

In recent years, with the rapid social implementation and utilization of DX and the digitization of the economy, the shortage of DX human resources has become a major issue worldwide.

NEC developed the “NEC Design Thinking Framework” in collaboration with Business Models Inc. (BMI) as a business design methodology for DX.

BMI has a proven global record in the business design field and NEC has already deployed the framework internally.

In the newly established academy, students will learn how to use the processes and tools included in the methodology. Also, a mindset for using the tools, and systematically learning the business creation method for DX through first-hand practices.

Specifically, NEC’s Design Thinking Consultant Team will be offering three courses: Practical Training Collaboration, Practical Coaching, and Individual Training course.

In the Practical Training Collaboration course, students learn about new business development and business reform methods by participating in customer projects and collaborating together.

In the Practical Coaching Course, NEC’s Design Thinking Consulting Team will offer advice based on training content individually designed for customer’s DX-related business issues and promotes projects.

And in Individual Training Course, the students learn about the tools and methods of using NEC’s Design Thinking Framework in a short period of time.

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