Digital Transformation 2022

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The last two years have thrown organisations head-first into the digital realm, with core sectors such as healthcare and education now incorporating digital technologies into how they deliver their services. The Scottish Government’s new digital strategy, A Changing Nation: How Scotland Will Thrive in a Digital World, published last March, is built on the core principles of collaboration, data use, skills development, citizen trust, and innovative technology. All of these components work as one towards creating a digitally-adept Scotland. This transformation of organisations across sectors requires forward-thinking approaches around these topics.

Holyrood Connect’s 8th annual flagship digital transformation event for the Scottish public sector has returned for another year. The event will provide delegates with the opportunity to engage with thought leaders and experts and keep abreast of the latest developments around digital transformation, ensuring that their organisations continue to thrive. Digital Transformation in the Public Sector is back on 7th June, in-person at Dynamic Earth in central Edinburgh.

Delegates will hear from public sector thought leaders and industry experts on a range of topics around the digital landscape and the ongoing transformation process. Sessions of a variety of formats will delve into important elements of transformation such as:

• The importance of digital infrastructure, including connectivity, interoperability, and secure platforms.
• The world of smart-working and the new aspects born from it that organisations must contend with.
• Other elements of digitisation strategy like open data, innovative technology, and sustainability.

Transforming entire organisations to thrive within this digital world takes more than ICT-focused groups. Organisations will only achieve success if all employees know how their team can support digital transformation. Sessions at Digital Transformation in the Public Sector will allow a broad range of delegates to engage in the topics at hand—from ICT to HR, business change, and finance teams.

The event is free-to-attend for those working in the public or third sectors. Register now to secure your place. Limited spaces are available for private sector attendees. If you are interested in attending, please email us to be added to the waiting list. 

This event is CPD certified in principle.

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Chair: Janine Aitken
Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland
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Max Faun
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Anita Juho
Ministry of Finance at the Finnish Government
Paul Dodd
Paul Dodd
Scottish Futures Trust
Michael Sheahan
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Amanda Brock
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Ross McCulloch
Third Sector Lab
Dr Lila Skountridaki
The University of Edinburgh
Siim Sikkut
Siim Sikkut
Government of Estonia
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Nicola Cooper
Scottish Care
Chair: Gemma Milne
Freelance / UCL
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Martyn Wallace
Digital Office for Scottish Local Government
Paul Coffey
Scotland 5G Centre
Alan Lees
Alison McBride
West Dunbartonshire Council

The opening session of Digital Transformation 2022 will consist of three presentations by thought-leaders focused on the foundational elements necessary for successful digital transformation. Speakers will touch on a range of core topics such as the importance of connectivity, collaboration between sectors, and the human element within the process of transforming organisations. This session will provide an opportunity to examine the Scottish Government's Digital Strategy as it nears eighteen months since publication.

The first panel option in our split session will question how we can ensure the digitalisation process does not create more problems than it solves. Bull rushing into digital solutions can result in problems down the line, ultimately not providing organisations with the long-term digitalisation success they need. The creation of digital solutions and the transition process both need to be thoughtful and intentional. This panel session will showcase a handful of experts in a discussion about how the public sector can achieve sustainable digitalisation.

The second panel option in our split session will focus on the importance and benefits of interoperability and digital synchronisation across public sector organisations. Contributors will examine how digitalisation and cooperation between teams can achieve better quality services for the public. Our panel will ground the discussion in the case study of the Scottish healthcare system and the Scottish Government's ongoing delivery of a national digital platform.

The pandemic has created a New Normal: Remote work is now the standard rather than the exception. Meanwhile, cybercriminals have massively exploited the time of change for their attacks. However, companies and their employees are by no means defenseless against these attacks. Modern awareness training based on the latest findings from the psychology of learning effectively strengthens employees in the recognition and defense against phishing and social engineering attacks. Join our Demo to see how gamification, micro-learning modules and smart attack simulations transforms employees into a strong "human firewall". 

We now live in a different work culture compared to two years ago. Hybrid working is the new normal for organisations and businesses of all sizes. With this change, though, comes aspects needing attention. On the technical side, cloud platforms and additional security measures hold added weight in discussions. There's also a change to the human element in this new way of working that shouldn't be neglected. How can organisations ensure sustained productivity and collaboration, strong staff culture, and equity amongst team members? This session will allow delegates to engage with public sector thought leaders through a Q&A and help unpack these aspects of the new work landscape.

This session will consist of three plenary presentations from digital leaders from neighbouring nations who are farther along in the digitalisation journey. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn about the latest digital projects currently in progress and what has aided in the nation's success in digital transformation. 

In the final session of Digital Transformation 2022, we will welcome a leader in the world of public sector digital transformation to give a closing keynote about key next steps in the process across the sector to ensure a smooth, successful transition.

Join us for one last chance to network with colleagues with a refreshment in Dynamic Earth overlooking Arthur's Seat. 

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