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Jumping the Gun and Hoping I am Wrong

Yesterday, i read an article which appeared to leak a preview of the long-awaited National Digital Strategy for Scotland (updated).

I really do hope that i am 'jumping the gun' here but the article did raise alarm bells for me.

Based on comments from a Government spokesperson, it appears that the updated strategy will focus on four main areas - a commitment to data sharing; collaboration across the public sector; the appointment of a Digital Leader; and industry, academia, government collaboration on the digital agenda.…

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The Scottish Government is looking for your thoughts and contributions as it prepares an update of the National Digital Strategy for 2017 and beyond. An innovative example of crowdsourcing/co-creation at its best or a deer caught in the headlights of a digital disruption express train, unsure how to respond? Is there a crisis of digital leadership in an area critical to the future competitiveness of the Scottish economy?

Ideas and contributions are being sought in six main areas: Connectivity, Economy, Skills, Public Services, Participation and Cyber Security. As someone who has worked at the coalface of digital…

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I am looking forward to chairing the Connect Public Sector Digital Transformation Conference on the 22nd June. The conference organisers, Holyrood Communications, have put together a very interesting agenda and line-up of speakers. A full house is expected in terms of delegates attending.

In recent blog posts, and Linkedin updates, we have raised serious questions concerning the lack of digital progress being made by Scottish companies and the Scottish economy in general. It would only be a slight exaggeration to say that as a national economy we are sleeping walking into an on-coming digital tsunami.

In preparing my thoughts for chairing ‘Connect’, it became obvious that similar questions should be addressed concerning…

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Digital Disruption: Are We Ready?

Scottish business remains woefully unprepared for the oncoming digital onslaught. To leverage the full potential of new technology and reduce the threat of becoming a nation of digital dinosaurs, a new breed of senior executive is urgently required - Digital Business Leaders.

These are two of the main conclusions emerging from our recent ‘Digital Disruption Report’ prepared on behalf of the Federation of Small Business in Scotland. The report raises important implications for Scottish companies, policy makers and the business support network.

Digital Disruption and Scottish Business

The core premise of the report is that we have entered a new and even more revolutionary phase in the development of digital technology; a period…

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