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6th Annual Digital Transformation Summit

Thursday 28th October 2021 | 08:30 - 16:30
Live at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh and on our Virtual Platform
A must-attend conference for the IT & Digital community 

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The Summit 

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.

The most influential companies of our age share a common ability to understand two things effectively: people and technology. In these turbulent times, success is increasingly defined by the ability to respond to the fast-changing landscape, and exceed the expectations of the people we serve.

DT 2021 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 IT and Digital leaders in driving positive transformation, exploring how we can help support operations, drive innovation, overcome challenges, and deliver tangible business benefits.

Core themes:

•    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


2021 Sponsors & Exhibitors




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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 IT & Digital News Platform www.digit.fyi with over 100,000 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.

DIGIT will be running our conference programme in a hybrid format. Delegates can attend the event in-person at the venue or log-in remotely and join us from anywhere in the world.










2021 Speakers

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Conference Agenda




The pandemic necessitated a rapid adoption of new technologies, and many organisations were forced to accelerate their digital transformation journey to respond to mass-scale disruption. In such an uncertain and fast-changing landscape, the ability to adapt and innovate effectively is increasingly critical. The opening session will focus on key drivers of successful digital transformation, including: data strategy, engineering capability, customer interaction and future workforce technology.

09:15   Welcome and Introduction

Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland

09:25   Building from Solid Foundations is Key to a Successful Data Transformation Journey

Rhona MacLennan, Principal Solutions Architect, TORCH @ The Data Lab

09:40   Transforming our Engineering Capability: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Derek Smith, Head of Digital Engineering, Virgin Money

09:55   Omnichannel Transformation - Bringing Trust back to Customer Interactions

Graham Johnston, Senior Director of Omnichannel & Transformation, Asda

10.10   The Future of Work is Now

Rich Wilson, CEO, Gigged.AI

10:25   Combined Q&A Panel

11.00   Refreshments, Exhibition & Networking



Session 2 will hone-in on a variety of key topics in longer individual slots. Presentations will be run in 30-minute increments across three parallel streams, providing delegates the opportunity to attend two of the options live. The alternative breakouts will be accessible on-demand post event.

11:30   Breakout 1
Breakout A

11:30     Reassessing the Role of Digital Technology in Social Care

Pooja Jain, CEO, CogniHealth

Breakout B

11:30     Kingdom Housing's Cloud Transformation Journey

Gary Haldane, Digital Director, Kingdom Housing Association

Breakout C

11.30     Keeping the momentum: a framework for post-pandemic tech investment

When the pandemic hit, organisations moved at lightning speed to upgrade their tech, build apps and websites, and ensure they could engage their customers online. Budgets were quickly unlocked and implementations went from taking 18 months to just 3 weeks, overnight. 

But now, we’re left with empty coffers, issues to fix, and an appetite to keep moving forward. How do we maintain the momentum, without the panic? Join Nick Condon as he talks through:

•    Risk perception: how the pandemic made us all a little more SaaSsy
•    A business case framework to help you unlock post-pandemic budget


Nick Condon, Managing Director, Squiz

12:00   Transition

12:10   Breakout 2

Breakout D

12:10    How 5G can enable Scotland's Digital Future (Panel)

Alan Lees, Scotland Director – Corporate & Public Sector, BT
Simon Haston, Scotland CTIO, BT
Paul Coffey, Chief Executive, The Scotland 5G Centre

Breakout E

12:10    Digital Transformation Challenges – Is there a Common Thread?


This session will focus on the multiple issues brought about by a singular change that most enterprises embrace as part of their Digital Transformation – application migration to the public cloud.  It’s about more than just the cloud.

Patrick Grillo, Senior Director, Solutions Marketing, Fortinet

Breakout F


12.10    Benefits of Process Automation in Digital Transformation
•    A look at the entire automation landscape
•    How understanding and mapping your business processes can build a culture of Continuous Development
•    How this in turn can help to identify which processes are best for digitisation or automation
•    The emergence of low-code toolsets to drive successful adoption
•    how process analytics can help to optimise process design and drive further insight, improvement and efficiencies.


Justin Short, Co-Founder & COO, Synergi


12:40    Lunch, Exhibition & Networking



Technology is increasingly pivotal in enabling organisations to navigate change and facilitate innovation and improvement. Building on the foundations from this morning, the afternoon session will look at the practical role of data and technology in helping organisations to adapt, overcome challenges and improve outcomes. We will start with a look at creating a healthy data culture and what this means for the organisation, and then look at 2 examples of practical innovation, from data analytics in built environments to improving cybersecurity in the space sector.

13:30    Building a Healthy Data Culture

Inez Hogarth, Managing Director, Data Understood

13:50    Data & Technology as a Catalyst for Transformation in Net Zero

Alan Somerville, Chief Strategy Officer, arbnco

14:10    Taking AI & Quantum to Space 

Dr Sonali Mohapatra, Space Applications Lead, Craft Prospect

14:30    Combined Q&A

15:00    Closing Remarks


15:05    Exhibition, Drinks Reception and Networking

16:30    Conference Ends

*The conference agenda is provisional and subject to revision.