DigitalScotland 2023

DigitalScotland 2023

The Annual Conference for Public sector technology professionals

Date: Tuesday 21 November 2023
Venue: Edinburgh international conference centre
Timings: 08:00 – 17:05

Ticket Prices (including admission to reception)

PUBLIC SECTOR: £150
COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS: £300

DigitalScotland is the largest annual gathering of public sector technology professionals, where global govtech leaders share technology insights and lessons in digital transformation, leadership, skills, cultural change and data-driven innovation.

With 50-plus speakers from a diverse array of backgrounds, DigitalScotland is the leading forum to hear about how digital and data are transforming the way our public services operate and fulfil their mission to be modern, responsive and designed around the needs of citizens.

The full-day conference features a fantastic line-up of globally accredited speakers on topics as diverse as service design, ethics in AI, the internet of things, cybersecurity, 5G and much more.

With a growing global ‘govtech’ movement, DigitalScotland is a must-attend for technologists and policymakers delivering the next generation of government services.

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DigitalScotland 2023 is fully accredited by The CPD Group, the largest accreditation body in the UK. If you attend for the full day you will qualify for 9 CPD credits. For more information click here

2023 Speakers

More speakers to be confirmed soon


Professor of Applied Cryptography
Edinburgh Napier University

Permanent Secretary
The Scottish Government

Minister for Small Business, Innovation, Tourism and Trade
The Scottish Government

Head of Digital Citizen Unit
The Scottish Government

Chief Executive
Central Digital & Data Office, UK Government

Digital Director
The Scottish Government

Data Transformation Lead
The Scottish Government

Deputy Director, Digital Connectivity
The Scottish Government

Baillie Gifford Professor in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence
University of Edinburgh

Head of Digital Transformation Division
The Scottish Government

Chief Data Officer
The Scottish Government

Head of Business Intelligence
Glasgow City Council

Deputy Director for Cloud & Digital Services
The Scottish Government

Business Change Service Manager
Aberdeenshire Council

Clinical Director, North East of Scotland Breast Screening Programme
NHS Grampian

Head of The Scottish AI Alliance
The Scottish AI Alliance

Programme Director, Digital Infrastructure
Scottish Futures Trust

Chief Technology Officer
Digital Office for Scottish Local Government

Chief Information Officer
Research Data Scotland (RDS)

Programme Director, Social Security Programme
The Scottish Government

Director of Digital and Security
NHS National Services Scotland

Programme Delivery Manager
The Scottish Government

Director
Glasgow City Innovation District

Head of Strategic Partnerships
Edinburgh Innovations

Business Change, Business Analyst
Aberdeenshire Council

Cloud Business Architect
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde / Scottish Government DHAC

Head of IT Enablement
Registers of Scotland

International Market Development Partner
Netcompany

Head of Ethics and Sustainability Consulting
Sopra Steria

Head of Intelligent Automation
Scottish Government

Global Director of Mission Critical & Private Networks
Cellnex

Global Chief of Data & AI
Zühlke Group

VP of Partnerships
CodeBase

Associate Director
Scottish Futures Trust

Head of Public Sector UK & Ireland
UiPath

Chief Data Officer
NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)

Head of Clinical Innovation
Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Head of Consulting Citizen and Devolved Government
Sopra Steria

Service Owner for Cloud First Programme, Digital Directorate
The Scottish Government

Chief Solution Architect
Leidos

Data & AI Practice Lead
Sword IT Solutions

Scotland Director
Ofcom

Cyber Exercising Coordinator
CyberScotland

Head of Information Assurance & Cyber Security
Leidos

Director
SWAN Framework at BT Business

CTO
Brightsolid

Product CTO, Identity Protection
Crowdstrike

Change Manager
Falkirk Council

Solution Engineer
SentinelOne

CTO
Sword IT Solutions

Asset Manager Officer
Falkirk Council

Scotland Director
BT Business

EIS Supplier Manager for Cloud and Security
Skills Development Scotland

Business Solutions Manager
Dumfries & Galloway Council

Public Sector Account Director
The Clarus Networks Group

Headteacher
Falkirk Council

Head of Innovation
Cisco

UK Director of Transformation
ServiceNow

Enterprise Network & Cybersecurity Team Leader
Falkirk Council

VP Product Architecture
Emergn

2023 Agenda

21 November 2023 | Session one: Transforming Scotland

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Registration & welcome refreshments

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM

Chair’s opening remarks


Kim McAllister
Chair
9:05 AM – 9:15 AM

Ministerial keynote


Richard Lochhead
The Scottish Government
9:15 AM – 9:55 AM

Technology transforming government fireside chat


Geoff Huggins
The Scottish Government

Megan Lee Devlin
Central Digital & Data Office, UK Government
9:55 AM – 10:15 AM

Everything from anywhere and all at once

We demand more of connectivity than ever before - but being connected is only the start of the digital journey


Hayden Edwards
SWAN Framework at BT Business
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM

The EU Digital Identity Wallet

Establishing the benchmark for transparent and user-friendly digital identification for EU citizens, with data safety at its heart


Thomas Rysgaard Christiansen
Netcompany
10:30 AM – 11:05 AM

Panel discussion: The emerging role of AI in government services

When humans are fallible, how can ethics, trustworthiness and inclusivity be hardwired into AI platforms?


Prof. Shannon Vallor
University of Edinburgh

Tom Wilkinson
The Scottish Government

Mark Watson
Leidos
11:05 AM – 11:30 AM

Networking & refreshments

21 November 2023 | Session Two: Parallel Masterclass Sessions

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

The Platform Approach: Citizen automation, robust security and efficient engineering

Join us in this masterclass to gain a holistic understanding of the benefits that a platform-centric approach can bring to your cloud strategy. Explore how it bolsters security, enhances operational efficiency, and drives cost-effectiveness. Throughout this session, we will delve into emerging technologies, shifting paradigms, and operational trends, all of which can play pivotal roles in supporting your transformative journey.


Andy Sinclair
Brightsolid
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Effective Security at the heart of a Digital Scotland

Delivering digital public services that are secure by design, and secure in delivery. This session looks at practical approaches to Cyber security and information assurance with learning points around people, processes and technology to inform and encourage, embedding effective security into solutions and building resilience and trust.


Richard J. Jones
Leidos
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Debunking Common Myths About XDR

There has been a tremendous buzz across the cybersecurity community about the emerging technology known as XDR (eXtended Detection & Response). Unfortunately for the practitioner, there has yet to be a single definition widely accepted by both analysts and vendors perporting to be knowledgeable on the subject. What is XDR and why should I consider the technology in my enterprise security stack? What should I expect from vendors who claim to have built the perfect mousetrap? What is reality, and what is just hype? This session will walk through some generally accepted value statements associated with XDR, while attempting to debunk a few common myths that continue to muddy the water for security teams.


Jonny De Silva
SentinelOne
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Exercise in a Box

Exercise in a Box is a non-technical workshop which helps organisations find out how resilient they are to cyber attacks and practice their response in a safe environment. Exercise in a Box is a tool that recreates real-world business scenarios and with probing questions attached to each scenario, it allows your organisation to test its cyber resilience.


Stephen Broadbridge
CyberScotland
12:00 PM – 12:10 PM

Transition

12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

Turning Falkirk Council's data strategy into reality

Working in collaboration, Sword supported Falkirk Council in establishing a data strategy, delivering a modern cloud technology stack. This provided high quality reporting, insights, and decision-ready information through data analysis, ensuring a “single source of truth”. Focusing on a use case where headteachers are empowered with better insight on pupil absence, enabling the school to support their pupils more effectively.


Lise Parker
Sword IT Solutions

Greg Anderson
Sword IT Solutions

Rebecca McDonald
Falkirk Council

John Reid
Falkirk Council

Gordon Henderson
Falkirk Council
12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

Do better with less: how public sector organisations can create a standout employee experience

In the wake of today’s skills shortages, UK public sector organisations looking to remain competitive can't afford to provide anything less than an incredible employee experience. In this masterclass, we’ll explore why employee experience matters in the public sector landscape right now, and, most importantly, what practical steps organisations can take to keep employees happy and improve their competitive standing.


Graham Curran
ServiceNow
12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

Connected communities in action

Digitisation provides a tremendous opportunity to not only to support internet connectivity for communities, but also to drive innovation. In this session we will share some recent examples of projects that are doing just that. This includes helping people access healthcare, even when remote on Clare Island, County Mayo and a use case from Falkirk Council.


Brian Jordan
Cisco

Murat Dilek
Falkirk Council
12:10 PM – 12:40 PM

Best Practices: Secure identities in a hybrid multi-cloud world

Modern attackers use identity to infiltrate enterprises. They take advantage of identities for individuals, workloads and applications, spanning through multiple identity providers. It might seem near impossible to correlate this information, detect and prevent lateral movement. Join Ross to understand how other organizations have deployed identity protection to protect not just on-prem Active Directory but AzureAD, Okta, ADFS and Ping too. Learn best practices used by some of the largest enterprises when it comes to identity protection.


Ross Penny
Crowdstrike
12:40 PM – 1:35 PM

Lunch, supplier showcase & networking

21 November 2023 | Session Three: Leadership Streams on Cloud; Enabling Connected Communities; Getting the Most out of Public Sector Data; Citizen Engagement

1:35 PM – 2:55 PM

Citizen engagement

Digital platforms and portals to enable citizens to better interact with services


Jackie Smith (Chair)
Sopra Steria

Eilidh McLaughlin
The Scottish Government

Dr Kevin Macnish
Sopra Steria

Professor Bill Buchanan OBE
Edinburgh Napier University
1:35 PM – 2:55 PM

Getting the most out of public sector data

How a data maturity assessment can build new thinking in your organisation and transform its use of data


Steph Wright (Chair)
The Scottish AI Alliance

Kimberley Hose
Glasgow City Council

Sally Kerr
The Scottish Government

Colin Birchenall
Digital Office for Scottish Local Government

Dan Klein
Zühlke Group
1:35 PM – 2:55 PM

Cloud

Harnessing the potential from cloud applications and data management to improve organisational efficiency and collaboration


Nia Lewis (Chair)
The Scottish Government

Isaac Smith
The Scottish Government

Albert King
NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)

Paul Docherty
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde / Scottish Government DHAC

Dr Andrew Jones
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
1:35 PM – 2:55 PM

Enabling connected communities

Future-proofing national digital infrastructure for citizens and businesses across Scotland


Sarah Eynon (Chair)
Scottish Futures Trust

Robbie McGhee
The Scottish Government

Steven Flockhart
NHS National Services Scotland

Alan Lees
BT Business

Paula Wilkie
Skills Development Scotland

James Pocock
Dumfries & Galloway Council
2:55 PM – 3:15 PM

Refreshments & networking

21 November 2023 | Session Four: Leadership Streams on Innovation; Digital Transformation Journeys; Smart Services; AI and Automation; The Final Frontier for Wireless Communications

3:15 PM – 4:35 PM

AI and automation

Harnessing the power of AI and automation to drive transformational change in business processes, citizen services and healthcare


Steph Wright (Chair)
The Scottish AI Alliance

Colleen Henderson
Aberdeenshire Council

Michelle Simmons
Aberdeenshire Council

Kjersti Fergusson
Scottish Government

Philip Sheen
UiPath

Dr Gerald Lip
NHS Grampian
3:15 PM – 4:35 PM

Digital transformation journeys

From scaling to agile development and the modernisation of public service delivery


Joy Bramfitt-Wanless
The Scottish Government

Tessa Quinn
The Scottish Government

Lisa Baron-Broadhurst
The Scottish Government

Paul Christie
Registers of Scotland

Andrew Husak
Emergn
3:15 PM – 4:35 PM

Innovation

Utilising the potential of Scotland‘s data ecosystem to stimulate and scale innovation – creating jobs, attracting investment and improving services


Alisdair Gunn (Chair)
Glasgow City Innovation District

Hugh Wallace
Research Data Scotland (RDS)

Dr Andrea Taylor
Edinburgh Innovations

Yasmin Sulaiman
CodeBase

Mikko Uusitalo
Cellnex
3:15 PM – 4:35 PM

The final frontier for wireless communications

How satellite communications technology and innovation can help connect people, places and communities and close the digital divide in Scotland


Sarah Eynon (Chair)
Scottish Futures Trust

Glenn Preston
Ofcom

Sam Eaton
The Clarus Networks Group

Dr. Robert Gardner
Scottish Futures Trust

21 November 2023 | Session Five: The future of public services

4:35 PM – 5:05 PM

Fireside chat

Chaired by Kim McAllister


JP Marks
The Scottish Government
5:05 PM

Conference close & networking

2023 Sponsors

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BT is one of the world’s leading communication services companies, with a significant local presence in Scotland. This includes a £1.5bn GVA impact across Scotland, supporting nearly 15,000 jobs and providing the digital infrastructure to support organisations and people across Scotland, including key critical services. The solutions BT provide are integral to modern life and digital transformation. BT’s purpose is as simple as it is ambitious: we connect for good.

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Zühlke is a global innovation service provider. We turn big ideas into working solutions that deliver positive and sustainable value. For people, planet, and profit.

A holistic growth partner to our clients, we close the gaps between strategic ambition, tech implementation, and operational excellence.  

Our multidisciplinary teams enable organisations to de-risk strategy and accelerate time to value – in a business environment that’s fluid, data-empowered, and collaborative.  

Together, we deliver innovation, software, and hardware initiatives in complex and regulated areas – across diverse industries and ecosystems.

Zühlke was founded in Switzerland and is a global team of 1,900 colleagues, with multiple locations in Europe and Asia.

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Sopra Steria, major Tech player in Europe recognised for its consulting, digital services and software development, helps its clients drive their digital transformation and obtain tangible and sustainable benefits. It provides end-to-end solutions to make large companies and organisations more competitive by combining in-depth knowledge of a wide range of business sectors and innovative technologies with a fully collaborative approach. Sopra Steria places people at the heart of everything it does and is committed to putting digital to work for its clients in order to build a positive future for all. With almost 55,000 employees in nearly 30 countries, the Group generated revenue of €5.1 billion in 2022.  

For more information, please visit our website www.soprasteria.co.uk  

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Leidos is a proud partner to the Scottish Government, dedicated to tackling its most complex challenges. We specialise in modernising infrastructure and applications, leveraging swift and adaptive cloud technologies. Our expertise extends to harnessing the potential of data, employing enabling technologies that automate and analyse government’s most strategic assets. 

Our people are committed to delivering transformative technology programs, aiming for outcomes that matter. 

Our ethos accentuates our collaborative spirit in accelerating digital transformation, aiming for enhanced operational efficiency and innovation in public services. Through such collaborative ventures, we anticipate propelling Scotland into a future where digital empowerment significantly bolsters the value and innovative capacity of the public sector.

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 240 fully featured services from data centres globally. Millions of customers —including the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies—trust AWS to power their infrastructure, become more agile, and lower costs.

AWS is committed to supporting skills, start-ups and driving growth for Scotland.

To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com/uk-public-sector.

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We are a global digital business services firm with a mission to improve the way people and companies work. Forever. We help some of the world’s most respected organisations develop their most promising ideas into valuable digital products and user experiences, faster. Emergn’s experts work with clients to transform their organisation in three ways: helping to better define their thinking; developing their people; and delivering their outcomes by building user-centric products and experiences. Our game-changing approach to change – Value, Flow, Quality, or VFQ for short – combines the best of Agile, Lean, design, and systems thinking. For more information, visit www.emergn.com.  

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Cellnex Telecom is Europe’s largest independent telecoms infrastructure provider and a leading provider of Critical National Infrastructure in the UK. Our connectivity solutions support MNOs’ to Enterprise clients with connectivity solutions that are catered to their needs – A leader in small cells, Private Wireless Networks, In-Building Solutions and Telecom Infrastructure Services. 

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Formed in 2014, The Clarus Networks Group offers an extensive portfolio of specialist connectivity solutions, tailored to keep your workforce in touch and online 24/7. 

We harness the power of major satcoms and telecoms networks, combined with our state-of-the-art technologies, to provide robust, reliable, and scalable communications coverage for each project, including in remote areas where terrestrial signals are poor or non-existent. 

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Brightsolid is Scotland’s expert in colocation, cloud and cyber security solutions. We combine brilliantly bright ideas with seriously solid solutions to meet our customer’s business needs and ambitions. From custom-built colocation to hybrid cloud expertise and the latest cyber security technology, Brightsolid solutions are future-proofed with industry leading performance, agility, and reliability – all at great value for money. At Brightsolid, our focus is not just on what we do but how we do it, and it’s this approach that ensures we’re there to help our customers make the right decisions every step of the way.

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SentinelOne is pioneering autonomous cybersecurity to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber attacks at faster speed, greater scale, and higher accuracy than human-powered technology alone. The Singularity Platform empowers enterprises to achieve greater visibility of their dynamic attack surfaces, including endpoints, cloud workloads, containers, identity, and mobile & network-connected devices, and take action in real time with AI-powered automation and cross-platform correlation. Over 10,000 customers, including 4 of the Fortune 10, hundreds of the Global 2000, prominent governments, healthcare providers, and educational institutions trust SentinelOne to bring their defences into the future, gaining more capability with less complexity. 

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UiPath (NYSE: PATH) is on a mission to uplevel knowledge work so more people can work more creatively, collaboratively, and strategically. The AI-powered UiPath Business Automation Platform combines the leading robotic process automation (RPA) solution with a full suite of capabilities to understand, automate, and operate end-to-end processes, offering unprecedented time-to-value. For organizations that need to evolve to survive and thrive through increasingly changing times, UiPath is The Foundation of Innovation™.

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Fujitsu is one of the world’s largest global providers of IT solutions, with over 130,000 employees serving customers in more than 100 countries with a unique Japanese heritage. As a long-term strategic partner to government, particularly in tax, trade, defence and public protection, Fujitsu is committed to delivering radical change and partnering with our customers to help them achieve digital transformation successfully.

Building on our existing base working across the public and private sector in Scotland, we have ambitions to strengthen our relationship with the Scottish Government as a digital transformation partner and bring our global expertise in digital transformation and technology adoption to drastically improve public service outcomes to help Scotland realise its full potential in a digital world.

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Alcidion provides hospitals and integrated care systems with a modern, modular electronic patient record. 

Bringing together data from multiple systems, such as the PAS, EPMA, inpatient digital systems, pathology and reablement services using an open-standards data platform, clinicians have access to the full picture of care for the patient, supporting quicker decisions from admission to discharge and beyond. 

Alcidion unlocks value from existing technology solutions, showing real-time capacity and demand across entire systems, identifying bottlenecks, automating routine activity and providing clinical decision support along each patient pathway, reducing the cognitive burden on staff. 

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Inhealthcare is transforming healthcare with remote patient monitoring and virtual wards.  

With over 10 years of experience of working with the NHS, our digital health technology is tried, tested and proven. We support over 50 NHS trusts in England, the five Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland and we have a national agreement with National Services Scotland to deliver remote monitoring services across their fourteen health boards. More than 3 million patients across the UK have used our digital health technology. 

Our digital services enable patients to receive more healthcare in their home instead of hospital. By providing care outside of traditional settings, they help to cut costs and increase capacity in the NHS by easing pressures on clinicians, easing waiting list pressures, reducing hospital admissions and improving access to diagnostics and treatments. They also improve outcomes by enabling patients to take a more active role in the management of their health. 

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The Scottish Digital Academy is the Centre of Excellence for capability, skills and talent. We support the Scottish Government Digital, Data and Technology profession and we develop digital skills and leadership capability across the public and third sectors. We are part of the Digital Directorate, and we work in partnership with the Digital Recruitment Service, Digital Strategy and Policy Team, and the Digital Finance and Workforce Planning Team. Our aim is to support the transformation of services by being focused on user centred design, maximising the use of digital technologies and using new ways of working.

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ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW) is making the world of work, work better for people. Our cloudbased platform and solutions deliver digital workflows that create great experiences and unlock productivity for employees and the enterprise. For more information, visit: www.servicenow.com

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Hexagon’s Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial division improves the resilience and sustainability of the world’s critical services and infrastructure. We are the global leader in public safety solutions, helping to protect 1 billion people. Building on our long-standing leadership in computer-aided dispatch, we provide a public safety platform for data collection, management, analysis, collaboration and response.  

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ELEKS is a trusted partner for guaranteed software engineering excellence, quality, and transparency every step of the way. The company has been providing expert software engineering and consultancy services for over 30 years. Its talent pool of over 2,000+ specialists, located across Europe, the U.S., and the U.K., covers niches from custom software development to product design and technology advisory, making it the partner of choice for many of the world’s leading enterprises, SMEs, and technology challengers. 

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CrowdStrike protects the people, processes and technologies that drive modern enterprise. A single agent solution to stop breaches, ransomware, and cyber attacks—powered by world-class security expertise and deep industry experience. With CrowdStrike, customers benefit from better protection, better performance and immediate time-to-value delivered by the cloud-native Falcon platform. 

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Focusing on solving complex problems with great people and expertly engineered solutions. Our mission: to be our customer’s technology partner of choice, providing full software development lifecycle services. 

Through agile delivery and great UX, we drive improvements in productivity, deliver cost savings, improve customer satisfaction and employee experience.  We specialise in the delivery of complex requirements where solid software architecture excellence underpins creative design. We provide clear insights and practical solutions for our clients, who include Skills Development Scotland, Transport for London, Stanley Black & Decker, Shetland Islands and Orkney Islands Council, NHS and Crown Commercial Service. 

Small enough to care and large enough to guarantee delivery.  

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We’re Registers of Scotland and we’ve been looking after Scotland’s land and property records since 1617.

The world has changed a lot in the last 400 years, and so have we. Our vision is to be a digital registration and information business trusted for our integrity.

We are on a mission to make some of the oldest land registers in the world into the most modern.

We’re the definitive source of data for all land and property transactions in Scotland. Our registers are a critical asset for the Scottish economy. They support people’s rights and inform decision making across the country.

Find out more at ros.gov.uk

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Veritas Technologies is the leader in secure multi-cloud data management. Over 80,000 customers—including 95% of the Fortune 100—rely on Veritas to help ensure the protection, recoverability and compliance of their data. Veritas has a reputation for reliability at scale, which delivers the resilience its customers need against the disruptions threatened by cyberattacks, like ransomware. No other vendor is able to match Veritas’ ability to execute, with support for 800+ data sources, 100+ operating systems and 1,400+ storage targets through a single, unified approach. Powered by Cloud Scale Technology, Veritas is delivering today on its strategy for Autonomous Data Management that reduces operational overhead while delivering greater value.  

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The University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University are delivering Data-Driven Innovation as part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. We’re increasing the provision of data and digital skills in the workforce and using our world-leading expertise in research and data analytics to improve products and services, transforming the City Region into the Data Capital of Europe.

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With NEC Digital services, you choose the path of no compromise. We provide industry leading expertise across the full scope of your project, giving confidence and security you will achieve great outcomes for your users. 

NEC Digital is a partnership of the best-in-class software delivery of NEC Software Solutions, with the pioneering user-centred design services of Snook. 

We offer full end-to-end digital transformation expertise to the very highest standards from discovery to development and beyond, at a scale and quality unique in the market. 

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Denmark has experienced a unique and rapid digital transformation, putting the country at the forefront of governmental digitisation in the world – placed no.1 in the two latest UN e-government surveys. As a leading supplier of govtech, Netcompany has been key in this development, providing hundreds of society-critical solutions to the authorities, helping the public sector offer world class, user-friendly, digital services.

​Over the past 5 years this experience and knowledge has been applied to a growing number of governments in Europe, which in 2020 culminated with the launch of the Netcompany Govtech Framework.

​Delivering digital transformation programs through digital platforms, core systems and infrastructure services, Netcompany believe in agile, futureproof solutions, based on proven platform components that ensure full flexibility and opportunity for ongoing innovation. The company was founded in 2000 and has its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. Today, an international company with more than 3500 employees spanning 6 countries.

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Automated Document Services Ltd (‘ADS‘) specialise in digitisation services including heritage sector imaging, bulk scanning, data capture, response handling & data hosting.  Turning your paper securely digital.

ADS offer full range of digitisation services from postage stamps, photographs, all document types including HR, Health & Safety, engineering, registers, bound volumes up to 40cm spine depth & A0 size, to large format maps, drawings and paintings. 

ADS host a vast range of digitisation equipment, from stand alone Camera systems, A2 CopiBook to A0 Quartz, V shape cradles & vacuum plates, production scanners combined with an experienced team, purpose fitted facility, tried & tested processes and capacity to ensure a speedy turnaround with no compromise on quality or security, delivered both on customer sites and at ADS UK facilities.

ADS are exclusive UK partner with i2s. i2s, based in Bordeaux are world renowned manufactures of highest quality imaging equipment compliant with global imaging standards. 

ADS provide sales, support & maintenance of i2s solutions to institutions & archives across the UK. 

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ITHealth provides proven and trusted cyber security solutions to NHS organisations. Established for 30+ years, ITHealth has a genuine understanding of NHS IT issues and infrastructures. Lansweeper is a leading IT Asset Management platform provider helping businesses across all sectors better understand, manage and protect their IT devices and network. 

Together, ITHealth and Lansweeper are a powerful combination; ITHealth’s unrivalled knowledge of the NHS, coupled with Lansweeper’s leading technology, has led to an ITHealth Dashboard which is tailor-made for NHS IT. 140+ NHS organisations now look to a single pane-of-glass to better control, remediate and report on asset risk and stay assured and compliant.

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The CyberScotland Partnership is a collaborative leadership approach to focus efforts on improving cyber resilience across Scotland. The Scottish Government’s key strategic stakeholders have come together in a formal partnership arrangement to drive the delivery of activities that will achieve the outcomes of The Strategic Framework for a Cyber Resilient Scotland.

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Streetwave is the market leader in providing independent mobile coverage surveys and analysis. 

Streetwave has an in-depth experience of mapping mobile coverage quality for both government and private sector organisations across the UK, and internationally. 

Mobile coverage readings are taken at every house across a council on a weekly basis. The analysis of the data provides critical insights to help: 

  1. Government bodies improve telephony procurement for their employees 
  1. Residents & businesses choose the best networks  
  1. Government & telcos to improve network coverage in areas of poor signal 

Streetwave excels in communicating complex mobile performance data in formats that are easy for nontechnical professionals to understand. This enables a diverse customer base to make data driven connectivity decisions. 

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Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in technology that powers the Internet. Cisco inspires new possibilities by reimagining your applications, securing your data, transforming your infrastructure, and empowering your teams for a global and inclusive future.

After over 30 years of connecting the UK, we are in a great place to help your organisation accelerate its digital future. We are investing in projects in Scotland to support innovation, from smart cities to transport, healthcare and manufacturing, to cyber-security and digital skills.

To find out how Cisco can help your organisation accelerate its digital future contact our Cisco Scotland Team

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Wherever you are on your cloud journey our end-to-end expertise enables us to deliver the right balance of advice, development and affordability that works for you – to improve your services, performance, flexibility, robustness, security and cost. Cirrus HQ are a Specialist AWS Advanced Consulting Partner with a focus on Cloud Management, DevOps, Migration and Consulting Services for the private and public sectors. 

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We are helping local authorities across the country to digitally transform citizen service delivery through automation, and in some cases, AI.  

Talk to us about the automations we’ve delivered for Aberdeenshire Council, West Dunbartonshire Council, The City of Edinburgh Council, West Lothian Council, and more. Come to our stand for your copy of VKY’s Automation Blueprint for Local Authorities.  

See you soon! 

VKY are an ISO 27001 G Cloud 13 certified and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) approved supplier. 

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Techscaler is the Scottish Government’s tech startup support programme, delivered by CodeBase. Techscaler supports everyone in Scotland who wants to build a startup, regardless of background, and was created to increase the number of successful Scottish startups, build the Scottish economy, and provide opportunities for the people of Scotland and beyond.

Techscaler helps members through education, mentorship, community, and workspaces, across hubs in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Dundee, Aberdeen, the Borders, and Inverness.

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Founded in 1994, Commsworld is the operator of the largest privately-owned Optical Core Network in the UK. It supports thousands of leading organisations, both in public and private sectors, with their digital connectivity and communications. 

The Edinburgh-headquartered business is a leading force behind the rollout of high-speed full-fibre broadband services throughout the UK, as well as a digital infrastructure provider. Thanks to Commsworld, large urban areas such as Edinburgh and Glasgow are now Gigabit Cities, while it has completed full-fibre internet connectivity to rural towns and villages across, for example, the Scottish Borders and Northumberland. 

Commsworld has grown rapidly in recent years, fuelled by its involvement with five of Scotland’s largest public sector ICT contracts, with local authorities in Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire, and the Scottish Borders. 

It offers clients a broad portfolio of Cloud, Security and Voice solutions delivering accessibility to client Applications and Data across the world; providing everything required to connect from the cloud to the device. This is all supported by strong in-house Service & Support capabilities, ISO accreditations and a powerful accessible CRM portal. 

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At Sword we understand the challenges and opportunities that exist across the UK’s Public Sector. By combining our technical expertise with practical delivery experience we deliver outcomes with a meaningful impact on the organisations we work with. Our team is passionate about making a difference, utilising technology to improve the well-being of citizens and public sector staff by enabling a more data driven culture. 

We help our customers to ensure their data sits in a reliable and secure environment, and that data is protected with sustainable security plans to maintain a high level of cyber resilience.

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Lenovo is a US$62 billion revenue global technology powerhouse, ranked #217 in the Fortune Global 500, employing 77,000 people around the world, and serving millions of customers every day in 180 markets. Focused on a bold vision to deliver smarter technology for all, Lenovo has built on its success as the world’s largest PC company by further expanding into growth areas that fuel the advancement of ‘New IT’ technologies (client, edge, cloud, network, and intelligence) including server, storage, mobile, software, solutions, and services. This transformation together with Lenovo’s world-changing innovation is building a more inclusive, trustworthy, and smarter future for everyone, everywhere. To find out more visit https://www.lenovo.com, and read about the latest news via our StoryHub

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The Business Support Partnership is a commitment by Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Local Government via SLAED and COSLA, Business Gateway National Unit, Creative Scotland, VisitScotland and Scottish Government.

Our ambition is for Business Support Partnership organisations to operate in data driven environment with more effective use of technology which will enable an enhanced customer experience. With common and collaborative approaches to channels and data using technology to improve our product and services and achieve better outcomes for Scotland’s economy. Including the adoption and integration of the flagship ‘Master Customer Record’ project across multiple public sector organisations in Scotland.

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The Communications, Sensing and Imaging (CSI) group at the University of Glasgow covers a wide range of both basic and applied research. We focus on the first principles of engineering science with a goal to realise efficient and optimized wireless systems and components for communications, sensing and imaging applications. 

Our research has been funded by major research councils and local & international funding bodies, including the Scottish Government, EU-Horizon 2020, EPSRC, CDE/DSTL, UKRI, Innovate UK, IAA, GCRF, QNRF and UAEF. Our highlight project on Scotland 5G Centre brings together academia and industry to test, develop and deploy their 5G applications and solutions on our campus-wide 5G laboratory. 

Communication systems research covers the majority of the physical and MAC layers of wireless communications and networking with a particular focus on beyond-fifth-generation (B5G) communication technologies. Over the coming years, 5G development and subsequent deployment will support super-fast, ultra-reliable, ubiquitous communications across large numbers and types of devices, connecting people and machines in a way often referred to as the Internet of Things and the Internet of Skills.  

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LapSafe® is the UK’s industry leading expert in providing innovative and proficient charging solutions such as self-service smart lockers, that transform how workplaces deploys assets. 

We are experts in our field and the name LapSafe® has become synonymous with safety and quality as well as being a trusted brand leader worldwide. 

We manufacture technologically advanced solutions that ensure assets are taken care of in volume with minimal staff interaction, creating flexible workplaces. Specialising in providing simple yet comprehensive software workflows for our self-service smart lockers that can be used in any environment. 

If you have any queries please contact our Locker Solutions Specialist Robert Tanner: Robert.tanner@lapsafe.com – 07725596539 

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We’re Harvey Nash, and we build amazing technology and digital teams. From senior appointments through to recruitment and project solutions, we are experts in the tech sector.

We’re deeply connected with our clients and the diverse community we serve, and made up of passionate people who care about changing lives and helping our clients be successful. Harvey Nash is powered by Nash Squared, the leading global provider of talent and technology solutions, equipped with a unique network that realises the potential of where technology and talent meet.

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