A new year is beginning and, with it, the opportunity for organizations to confront new challenges, to be increasingly resilient and efficient, anticipating the ups and downs of a changing environment, in which the transformations are taking place at an increasingly fast pace. In this context of constant evolution, risk control is crucial for a company.
It is obvious that a certain degree of risk is inherent in human activity: there are risks which cannot be avoided. They can, however – and must – be managed. Indeed, correct risk management enables organizations to do something as crucial as minimizing the impact. But, what is the risk?
The big issue of recent years has been the crisis, its causes and possible remedies. We all know that European economic policy calls for a balanced budget, limiting the deficit and, with it, the capacity for public investment, particularly in the most heavily indebted administrations. I have to confess that I have not yet read Keynes. Nor am I capable of arguing for or against the outcome the implementing greater or lesser stimuli in the form of public investments in terms of their impact upon the European economy. For me, the issue is different: there are infrastructures we simply cannot do without.
All public administrations have a growing interest in ensuring optimal asset management. To manage the accumulated deterioration of infrastructures and maximize their working life, it is essential to be able to count on both the involvement of the operators and the latest maintenance and regeneration technologies. Given that each type of facility requires very specific knowledge, an organization which wishes to be a benchmark in asset management for its sector will need to be highly specialized.