SECOM Group Road Map 2022
May 2018 marked one year since SECOM formulated the SECOM Group Vision for 2030. We created the SECOM Group Road Map 2022 to position the year 2022 as an important cornerstone for accelerating growth towards the Vision for 2030 by clarifying issues which should be prioritized and investing intensively in these issues in order to achieve SECOM-Transformation moving forward and to capture business opportunities.
Targeting sustainable growth: Devising the SECOM Group Road Map 2022
We have identified technological advances and a declining labor force as priority issues in achieving the SECOM Group’s Vision for 2030. For businesses and society, these issues can become threats if not addressed appropriately. We believe that anticipating evolving needs arising from these two issues will lead to major business opportunities, allowing us to contribute to improved social productivity.
In this environment, we will seek to secure the latest technologies, as well as to ensure that we remain the first choice of talented human resources through forward-looking, focused investments in people and systems with the goal of creating a strong foundation, believing that doing so is the most effective way to accelerate growth as we work toward achievement of the SECOM Group’s Vision for 2030. In May 2018, we formulated the “SECOM Group Road Map 2022” to share our thoughts with our stakeholders.
Accordingly, we used backcasting* to devise the SECOM Group Road Map 2022 with the intention of clarifying challenges we must address over the next five years to achieve our vision. We have thus positioned the Road Map as a cornerstone of the SECOM Group’s Vision for 2030.
- Backcasting is a planning method that starts with envisioning a desirable future and working backward from there to identify steps necessary to attain that future.
Responding to the need for security in a connected society, arising from the evolution of technology
Rapid technological advances in recent years has brought an increase in the variety of connected devices. This is driving a variety of profound changes, including the realization of connected vehicles, the expanded use of drones and robots, moves toward unattended retail facilities and a cashless society, and the increasing popularity of smart homes, that is, homes equipped with wireless smart locks and smart speakers, among others. In an environment characterized by technological advances such as these, safety and peace of mind are critical issues and are expected to push up demand related to the need for security in a connected society, which involves the fusion of physical and cyber security.
Responding to the demand for relying on someone, arising from a declining labor force
The other priority issue for many companies is a declining labor force, a consequence of efforts to bolster competitiveness by reducing labor requirements and promoting unattended facilities. In such a scenario, the impact of unexpected incident at a firm to which noncore functions have been commissioned can extend as far as core operations. Needs for commissioned firms that deliver safety and peace of mind are thus expanding.
A declining labor force is also leading to an increase in needs related to care for children and seniors attributable to factors such as falling birthrates, the graying of Japanese society and the increasing prevalence of families in which both parents work outside the home.
We are capitalizing on our accumulated know-how in the provision of high-grade around-the-clock security systems and our highly secure data center, cyber security and cloud-based services. In October 2017, we welcomed TMJ to the SECOM Group, reinforcing our infrastructure for providing safe and secure BPO services. Recognizing growing demand related to the need to be able to rely on others as an important business opportunity, we will continue working to extend distinctive services that contribute to a significant improvement of social productivity.
Embracing the challenge of self-transformation—which we have dubbed “SECOM-Transformation”—we will embark on initiatives designed to leverage the latest technologies to derive maximum benefits with the goal of building next-generation core systems and improving functions with a view to addressing rising needs.
In addition, we will make investments to reduce labor requirements and enhance employee capabilities with the purpose of improving both service quality and productivity. We will also invest in artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotic process automation (RPA), among others, to bolster operational quality and efficiency, as well as to drive R&D targeting innovative services and products that respond to needs engendered by technological advances and a declining labor force.
Initiatives aimed at ensuring that we remain the first choice of talented human resources will center on actively seeking to attract people and to create positive working environments. To enhance motivation, we are planning investments designed to help employees fulfill their potential, including in the enhancement of our diverse training programs. We will also actively ensure the competitiveness of our personnel, including seeking to attract high-mobility IT specialists and individuals with global business skills; reallocating employees to high-growth businesses in which steps have been taken to improve efficiency and productivity; promoting diversity; rehiring experienced retirees; and introducing alternative working styles, including telecommuting arrangements and shorter working hours. Such initiatives will underpin critical capabilities that cannot be replaced with technology, notably our ability to respond to change, create value and secure human resources committed to social contribution.
Targeting continuous, sustainable growth
We place a high emphasis on the sustainability of society and businesses. We see the expenditures targeting sustainable growth not as a cost but rather as investments that enable us to integrate changes in our operating environment into our operations over the long term. We are a company that has tirelessly pursued innovation in its services since its establishment. This comes from our fundamental commitment to creating services that anticipate what society will need, rather than simply offering services that will sell in any market. This is why our ultimate priority will always be people and technology. We will continue to increase our ability to make effective use of these intangible assets, positioning us to drive bold service innovation and cement our competitive edge.