Thank you to those who attended the last event on 5 October. It was a lively and informative session. For those who were unable to make it, the session focused on digital transformation, and explored the potential of digital disruption and the role of leaders in driving forward our digital ambitions. To kick the session off we were joined by Michael Russell, Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe, who provided an update on activity following the EU referendum result. There were two key messages from this session. One was the importance of working together and supporting each other through this difficult time. The other was to speak up about our hopes and fears, and to share any information with him that could help inform the negotiation process going forward.
To introduce the main theme of the day, we had an open discussion and then broke into snap chat sessions which explored a number of themes aimed to stimulate our thinking in relation to digital.
Adam Stewart, Regional Manager – UK Public Sector, Google provided a thought provoking presentation around the art of the possible of digital. His presentation can be found at (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1IjzGNgF14P4O5mJKXkHdGS06TbslEo9p6_hybYh6kvA/edit#slide=id.g17f42d4a99_0_18 ). We then had a discussion with Derek MacKay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution, around the opportunities of digital across Scotland’s public services.
Many of you will have been aware of the debate in parliament on 3 November “Realising Scotland’s full potential in a digital world”. This confirmed Ministers intention to publish a refreshed digital strategy in early 2017 which is anticipated will set out a range of ambitions and actions to ensure that Scotland realises its full potential in a digital world. To assist that process, an interactive discussion has been running via http://www.ideas.gov.scot between 3 November and 15 December, on the 6 themes which we think should be included the strategy:
• Public services
• Cyber security and resilience.
Alongside the interactive dialogue, we have engaged with many of you directly either individually or through the various boards, meetings and events that you are a part of to:
• Ensure that we have identified the right objectives to make the most of the opportunities that digital can offer;
• Identify whether there are other things we should consider in developing the strategy; and
• Take stock with you on what you think the priorities might be.