TechGov Forum: How can your agency unlock value from its digital assets? - Canadian Government Executive
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October 12, 2017

TechGov Forum: How can your agency unlock value from its digital assets?

Does your organization have a very narrow view of what digital means in today’s economy? If so, then your agency may be losing out on the opportunity to unlock the true value of its digital assets.

Overall, Canadians are upbeat about the principles of digital strategy. As many as seven out of 10 executives in Canada incorporate digital strategy into corporate strategy. “But they’re not as focused on the details of its implementation, such as developing roadmaps, measuring outcomes and improving decision making,” according to a recent report by multinational professional services firm PwC. 

Many Canadian organizations still connote digital to customer-facing activity, according to PwC’s Digital IQ 2017—Canadian insights.

“…digital hasn’t only provided opportunities for external facing excellence it has evolved to be more than IT infrastructure or customer-facing technologies,” said Nadir Hirji, partner, and Strategy and PwC Digital Services lead at PwC Canada. “True transformation happens when organizations think about digital holistically and pursue a balanced approach that touches on everything from technology and workplace culture to strategy and business outcomes.”

Hirji is one of the speakers in the upcoming TechGov Forum slated for November 7 and 8 at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre. He will provides an overview of Digital IQ, the 2017 Canadian insights report, and delve into the implications for the public sector. The survey polled more than 2,200 business and IT executives around the world about their organization’s digital strategies.

The survey found that most of Canadian organizations are missing out on opportunities to control cost and achieve efficiencies through digital investments.

Hirji will discuss how digital transformation is affecting how the public sector delivers services to its constituents. He will also outline the next steps public sector executives need to take in order to thrive in a market of digital disruption.

If you’re keen on how you can help your agency identify the best digital investments for its operations and realize the true value of its digital assets, then you would not want to miss what Hirji’s presentation at the TechGov Forum.

The two-day event is also packed with other speakers who will be discussing a wide variety of topics aimed at assisting government executives in areas such as cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, automation, data analytics, open government, social media, and more.

Other key speakers at the event include:

  • Tammy Labelle, assistant deputy minister, Integrated Services Branch
  • Jennifer Urbanski, account executive, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
  • Alex Miller, president, Esri Canada
  • Bobby Singh, CISO and global head of infrastructure, TMX
  • Ramy Sedra, data and analytics consulting leader, PwC Canada
  • Imran Ahmad, partner, Miller Thomson LLP
  • Alison Taylor, consultant, Performance Solutions Inc.
  • Michael Gord, founder and CEO of MLG Blockchain Consulting
  • George Ross, editor-in-chief, Canadian Government Executive
  • Philippe Johnston, chief information officer, and department security officer,
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Departmental Security Officer (DSO), Social Sciences Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) & the Natural Sciences Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • John Burrett, president, Haiku Analytics Inc.
  • Robert Weisman, engineer in residence, part-time professor and candidate PhD (e-Business) University of Ottawa
  • Thomas Kearney, senior project officer, Open Government Secretariat, chief information officer branch, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Patrick Cormier, vice-president (business development) Notarius Inc.

To find out more about the event, the program agenda, and to register, click on this link

 

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Nestor Arellano

Nestor is a Toronto-based journalist who specializes in writing about technology and business. He is the editor of Vanguard Magazine and the associate editor of IT in Canada and a regular contributor to CGE.

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