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Scotland's digital vision

The paper covers themes such as Scotland as a leading digital nation and the digitisation of NHS Scotland

The Digital Vision explores the potential for the country to create a competitive advantage
The Digital Vision explores the potential for the country to create a competitive advantage

Digital transformation specialist, Atos, has unveiled its new Digital Vision for Scotland and called on the country to build on its progress so far to become a leading digital nation.


It has published a paper highlighting the effect digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, and quantum computing will have on the country and their potential to create competitive advantage in the global economy.


The company launched its vision at a Systems Leadership Roundtable event at the Glasgow City Chambers and it covers a number of themes including:


  • 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 NHS Scotland;
  • IoT in the delivery of Scotland’s utilities;
  • building digital skills;
  • and the role millennials will play in shaping Scotland’s future.


Recognised Scottish business sector experts discussed the opportunities and challenges associated with the digital transformation of Scotland’s businesses, infrastructure and public services, offering suggestions to meet those challenges and deliver on the potential of a digital Scotland.


“There is a breadth of talent and research in the rich tech ecosystem, supported by the Scottish Government and its Digital Strategy,” said Gavin Thomson, senior vice president – Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and big data and security, Atos UK&I. “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.”


Commenting on the potential of a digitally transformed Scotland, Polly Purvis, CEO, ScotlandIS, which represents and supports businesses and organisations creating and delivering digital products and services, 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.


She added: “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."


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