A Digital Vision for Scotland opinion paper which highlights the dramatic effect of digital technologies in Scotland, and the potential for the country to create competitive advantage in today’s global economy, has been published.
The era of digital change is underway, and Scottish businesses are transforming how they operate to keep pace with the rapid technological advances, according to the Atos paper. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, and the coming advances in quantum computing are set to enter the mainstream, and businesses are taking steps to develop their employees’ digital skills.
Launched at a Systems Leadership Roundtable event hosted by Atos at the Glasgow City Chambers, the Digital Vision for Scotland covers topical themes such as Scotland as a leading digital nation; accelerating Scotland’s digital revolution; digital policing; the future of Cloud and cyber security services; the Glasgow 2018 European Championships; the future of health and wellbeing and digitisation of NHSScotland; IoT in the delivery of Scotland’s utilities; building digital skills; and the role millennials will play in shaping Scotland’s future.
The paper outlines three key priorities for a digital Scotland, which are:
- Accelerate adoption and exploitation of digital by organisations.
- Close the skills gap.
- Develop a systems leadership approach to manage high levels of complexity
The paper, which can be read in full here, goes onto outline how local authorities should embrace digital innovation as it plays a key role in addressing the complex challenges councils face; but the question is how to enable digital transformation in such a complex, highly-pressurised environment with so many variables. Atos recommends four focal points, namely:
- Focus on the customer by maintaining focus on the service user as the person around whom all services should be designed, built and provided
- Foster greater collaboration
- Be brave in embracing new technologies, changing approaches and challenging established thinking
- Learn fast
Commenting on the potential of a digitally transformed Scotland, Polly Purvis, CEO, ScotlandIS, said: “A future smarter Digital Scotland would be an international leader in digital technologies, such as AI, data science, Fintech and cyber, with world leading research and innovation in industry relevant fields. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow will be major start-up hubs, and Scotland’s cities top European locations for international technology businesses. All our citizens will understand the benefits of digital, be highly skilled in using digital solutions to improve productivity and the quality of life for themselves and others, and actively promote Scotland as a world-class location.”
Speaking on the launch of the thought leadership paper, Gavin Thomson, Senior Vice President – Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Big Data & Security, Atos UK&I said: “Scotland is responding to the demands of digital change through world-class innovation and digital leadership. There is a breadth of talent and research in the rich tech ecosystem, supported by the Scottish Government and its Digital Strategy. There is now a need to develop the workforce and to build digital inclusion and maturity to ensure Scotland continues to be an outward looking digital nation. We firmly believe harnessing the digital and technological potential in Scotland will help to enhance citizens’ lives and enable organisations to deliver their key priorities.”