Digital Transformation 2023

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The trend of digital transformation shows no sign of slowing as more and more Scottish organisations shift a more significant amount of their systems to digital. March of this year marked two years since the publication of the Scottish Government’s digital strategy, A Changing Nation: How Scotland Will Thrive in a Digital World. What progress has been made in transforming Scottish society, specifically the public sector, that holds such a vital role in everyday life for citizens? Where are Scottish organisations on the road of digital transformation, and what complexities have been learned in the process?

We are delighted to announce that Holyrood Connect’s 10th annual flagship Digital Transformation event for the Scottish public sector is returning for another year. The event will continue to allow delegates to engage with thought leaders and experts and keep informed about the latest digital developments. Join us on 6 June 2023 at Dynamic Earth, 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:

  • How best to leverage information and technology to make the greatest impact on the public sector.
  • The importance of placing and maintaining humans at the centre of all digital transformation. With significant digitisation comes the need for changes to skills development, working environments, and more.
  • Real-life examples of public sector organisations from around the United Kingdom succeeding in their digital transformation processes. From major successes to challenges and lessons learned, delegates will have the chance to hear from peers and ask burning questions.
  • The critical aspect of sustainability within digital developments. As we rely more on technology, how can we establish a sustainable infrastructure, and how do we best support professionals adapting to such a digital space?


You can find all the photos from this year’s conference on our Flickr.

Holyrood Connect

Holyrood Connect publishes leading Public Sector ICT news in Scotland and hosts renowned Public Sector Tech events & conferences. You can view all of Holyrood Connect’s upcoming events here.

Donald Frame
Mark Hanson
The Scotland 5G Centre
Andrew Cruickshank
Rui Cardoso
Smart Data Foundry
Tony Sudworth
Department of Work and Pensions
Kenny Birney
Disclosure Scotland
Isaac Smith
Scottish Government
Craig Melson
Gordon Mackie
Care Inspectorate
Tricia Moscati wp
Tricia Moscati
Heriot-Watt University
Sally Dyson
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Paul Christie
Registers of Scotland
Richard Lochhead MSP
Scottish Government
Martyn Wallace Headshot
Martyn Wallace
Digital Office for Scottish Local Government
Alison McLaughlin
Eilidh McLaughlin
Scottish Government
Morag Campsie
Audit Scotland
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Ivan McKee MSP
Scottish Parliament
As well as being a politician, Ivan's career has involved a number of senior roles in manufacturing and business; managing companies in the UK as well as Poland, Finland, Croatia and Bosnia.

The opening session of Holyrood's tenth annual Digital Transformation event will hear from public sector leaders on how far the sector has progressed since publication of the national digital strategy, A Changing Nation: How Scotland will Thrive in a Digital World, in early 2021. After introductory keynotes, presenters will sit down with our event Chair for an audience Q&A where delegates will be able to voice their own opinions and queries.

There is no shortage of information and knowledge that helps to identify problems and challenges that exist across the Public Sector. But all too often, there are many barriers that prevent this same information and knowledge from being used with the right level of scrutiny and confidence needed to make an informed decision, whether that’s a significant change to policy, the scrutiny needed to agree an investment business case, or where to allocate scarce resources.

Smart Data Foundry exists to unlock the power of financial data to help improve people’s lives. And it is this very purpose that can help fill the gap between information & knowledge and near-real-time Private Sector data that can provide the confidence needed to make evidence-based decisions across the Public Sector.

Rui Cardoso, Head of Insights at Smart Data Foundry will discuss how Private Sector data shared by NatWest Group has been used to create a cost of living dashboard for East Renfrewshire Council. Louise Bickerton from East Renfrewshire Council will also speak about their journey with Smart Data Foundry, the learning and emerging use cases for using data insights in this way and how they can transform how they evidence decisions within the council on resource allocation to support areas and households impacted by the cost of living crisis.

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The session will be chaired by Andrew Cruickshank (Director of Solution Sales at XMA), with speakers who have been involved in a recent hybrid cloud transformation at Fife Council.

Our Public Institutions and bodies are consistently challenged to drive ever-increasing efficiencies with their IT budgets. XMA, Microsoft and Lenovo will present a thought-provoking and technologically efficient way to take advantage of Public Cloud flexibility, whilst maintaining data sovereignty and control with leading-edge infrastructure solutions, focused to drive the best possible value out of your IT budgets. 

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People-Centred Digital Change

In the first of our split-audience panel sessions, a group of thought leaders and experts will participate in a panel discussion about the importance of keeping citizens at the heart of digital transformation. The Chair will question how best to involve people in the design and production of digital technologies. 

In the second of our split-audience panel sessions, a handful of public and private sector experts will unpack the complexities around achieving sustainable digital transformation. How can we ensure that, as organisations speed towards digital solutions, those solutions are thought-out and applicable long-term. Delegates will have the chance to ask panellists their questions throughout the session using Slido.

Hear from Scottish Government's Isaac Smith, Senior Responsible Owner of the ScotAccount programme, and Kenny Birney, Deputy Chief Executive of Disclosure Scotland. These speakers will be providing real-life examples of effective collaboration for digital transformation in the public sector.

As set out in Scotland's digital strategy, the digital identity service, ScotAccount, will improve people's access to digital public services. It will also provide them with a secure, easy and reusable way to prove who they are, or that they are eligible for a public service.

The speakers will showcase how Disclosure Scotland has successfully delivered the first series of disclosure results online through the beta trial phase of ScotAccount.

In the final session of the day, a handful of public sector digital leaders will take part in a panel discussion focused on collaboration and shared learning around digital transformation. The panel will reflect on key themes brought up throughout the event, as well as look towards the future and comment on the most important next steps for sector-wide digital transformation.

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