Organisations are changing, the rapid pace of the digital world has necessitated a fundamental shift in mindset. Digital has disintermediated markets; disrupted organisational structures, created new risks and new revenue streams and fundamentally altered the way businesses engage with their customer.
Real digital transformation is the complete reorientation of an organisation around principles and process which maximise the value of the digital age. This should be part of wholescale organisational change, from flat and collaborative organisational structures, joined up dataflows, agile process, fast decision-making, and empowered people.
DT2024 will contextualise the key technology trends and industry disruption amidst a backdrop of significant socio-economic upheaval. The event will also consider the role of technology leaders in driving positive transformation, exploring how we can help support operations, drive innovation, overcome challenges, and deliver tangible business benefits.
• Landscape: Uncertainty, Recovery, Sustainability, Remote Teams
• Process: Strategy, Structure, Optimisation, Agile, DevOps
• Design: Customer Centricity, UX, Functionality, Simplification
• Technology: Remote Tools, Data Analytics, AI, ML, RPA, Cloud
• People: Culture, Collaboration, Leadership, Diversity, Empowerment
Head of Infrastructure, The Scottish Government
Head of Business Development, Scottish Rugby
Author & VP of Product & Engineering, Pricemoov
Principal Data Architect, Aegon
MD, Border Crossing UX
Head of Data & Insights, Scottish Rugby
Reader in NLP, University of Edinburgh & Chief Scientist, Aveni
Senior Director, Dell Technologies
CDIO, The University of Strathclyde
Founder and CEO, Gigged.AI
Head of Scotland, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
Head of QAT, 2i Testing
Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland
Director & Founder, DIGIT
The conference will be held live and in-person at the iconic Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, a professional event space offering panoramic views of the city and Arthur's Seat.
The venue is centrally located in the old town, just 15 minutes walk from Waverley train station, making it easily accessible via public transport. We also offer discounted on-site parking to attendees if you wish to drive and provide light refreshments throughout the day.
2023 Conference Agenda
SESSION 1 - Re-Watch on YouTube
The opening session will consider what digital transformation really means in a complex, modern-day, enterprise environment. We will consider how we optimise process, mitigate friction and maximise the positive outcomes for the business. We will also explore how we can merge legacy systems and process with new technology and thinking, and drive meaningful change in a way that is empathetic and people focussed.
09:15 Welcome and Introduction
Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland
09:25 Empathetic Architecture
Connor Boyle, Principal Data Architect, Aegon
09:45 Technology Teams as Key Enablers for Wholescale Organisational Transformation
Nana Fifield, VP Product & Engineering, Pricemoov
10:05 Embracing Innovation: What are the Ideas Shaping the Future?
Stephen Bosarge, Senior Director, Dell Technologies
10:25 Combined Q&A
10:55 Refreshments and Networking
Session 2 will explore a variety of key topics in a smaller and more interactive breakout setting. The breakouts will be run in longer 30-minute slots across three parallel streams, providing delegates the opportunity to attend two options live. The alternative breakouts will be accessible on-demand post-event.
11:30 First Breakout Option
Breakout Options Include:
A: Lessons From the Front Line: Reflections on the Changing Face of Digital Transformation Re-Watch on Youtube
Before there was digital – how technology forced change
Change as a constant and how transformation must adapt to changing expectations
The four facets of Digital transformation: People, Process, Systems, Data
Our role as drivers of digital transformation
Advice based upon experience
Beth Lawton, CDIO, University of Strathclyde
B: Conversational AI: Potential, Limitations and the Future Re-Watch on Youtube
The maturation of Conversational AI
Potential for understanding customer and process optimisation
Limitations of the technology
Alexandra Birch, Reader in NLP, University of Edinburgh & Chief Scientist, Aveni AI
C: Digital Transformation in Crisis Re-Watch on Youtube
A deep dive into digital transformation in the UK
The impact of AI, skills shortages and burnout
Practical tips to deal with the impact of AI, skills shortages and burnout
Rich Wilson, CEO, Gigged.AI
12:10 Second Breakout Option
Breakout Options Include:
D. Mastering High-Stakes on the Crest of the Advancing Technology Wave Re-Watch on Youtube
Anticipating the Future: Quality Engineering Surfs Ahead of Risk with Proactive Prevention Strategies
Riding the Technological Surge: Quality Engineering's Swift Detection and Response in High-Stakes Scenarios
Catching Opportunities in the Breakers: Quality Engineering's Role in Recovery and Continuous Improvement Amid the Advancing Technology Wave
Navigating Success in the Tech Current: Aligning Quality Engineering with Business Objectives for High-Stakes Triumph
Anna McMillan, Head of QAT, 2i Testing
E: Bridging Data Silos Through a Data Marketplace Re-Watch on Youtube
Extracting the true value from data is a key challenge for many enterprises. A lack of accurate business insights not only impedes decision-making at a tactical and strategic level, but it can also negatively impact overall performance and success.
Gopalan Rajagopalan, Head of Scotland, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS)
F: Are you working with a cracked shop window? Re-Watch on Youtube
In today’s world anyone who’s anyone has a website. They are a key transaction source for many organisations but are often under-performing and outdated.
Sometimes they are a forgotten entity until a site goes down, then it’s an emergency. Websites are often seen as Marketing’s responsibility, but is this the reality?
Join us as we share insights from a recent report and discuss:
Are we taking websites seriously enough?
Breaking down barriers between IT, Security and Marketing Teams
Best strategies for all teams: Functionality, security and compliance
Gary Roberts, CRO, Forrit
12:40 Lunch & Networking
SESSION 3 - Re-Watch on YouTube
The afternoon session will focus on leveraging new technology and data to support tangible business improvement, whilst avoiding some of the common pitfalls of digital transformation. We will look at how to take a truly user-centric approach to implementation; how to ensure that your cloud strategy empowers and doesn’t inhibit transformation, and how to make sure your data programme delivers genuine value and impact across the business.
13:30 People Don't Care About Your Digital Transformation - They Just Want Their $#!T to Work!
Esther Stringer, MD, Border Crossing UX
13:50 Building for Flexibility & Control: An Agnostic Approach to Multi-Cloud
Neill Smith, Head of Infrastructure, The Scottish Government
14:10 Leveraging Tech & Data to Improve Performance, Fan Experience & Commercial Impact
James Mullins, Head of Data & Insights, Scottish Rugby
Charlie Simpson, Head of Business Development, Scottish Rugby
14:30 Combined Q&A
15:00 Close of Session
15:00 Networking Drinks Reception
16:30 Close of Conference
*The conference agenda is provisional and subject to change
DIGIT has rapidly grown into the largest independent business technology community in Scotland. We run an extensive series of virtual conferences and online events focused on core areas of emerging Technology, Digital and IT. We also run Scotland's leading Technology News Platform www.digit.fyi with 50,000 page views per month.
The events provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange, drawing stakeholders together to explore best practice, technological innovation and business outcomes. Our conferences attract a senior delegate following and have become renowned as an important forum for high-level networking.