24 July 2014...A consortium of the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), CATAAlliance and the CIO Association of Canada (CIOCAN) have today released a new manifesto and roadmap urging industry, government stakeholders and educators to invest in the benefits of greater digital adoption, particularly by small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Tune in to our Live News Conference on July 24 at 10 am EST: http://www.cata.ca/Media_and_Events/Events_Calendar/cata_ec07241402.html
The paper outlines the economic and social benefits of digital adoption, and asserts 11 advocacy points to help achieve those. In addition, the partners note that they are currently building a Digital Compass - a one-stop shop for research, resources and case studies for SMEs. Stakeholders wishing to make a contribution to this effort are invited to contact the partners for further details. The Compass will launch fully in late September.
"The global economy is upon us and emerging digital technologies such as mobile apps, digital platforms, and cloud architectures have the potential to create Canadian competitive advantage and boost productivity and innovation - but only if the advanced capabilities of those technologies are adopted by Canadian enterprises in the private and public sectors," says Namir Anani, President and CEO of ICTC.
"Large organizations in Canada often have the capacity to fully embrace technology as a competitive advantage. But, the composition of Canada's industry is one of small and medium enterprises. In fact over 75% of Canada's industry is represented by organizations of less than 10 employees," says CATAAlliance President John Reid. "These organizations have limited resources and find it the hardest to adopt technologies. This paper is intended as a roadmap for such organizations to assist them to understand the catalysts and chart a path forward."
"Just a 1% increase in labour productivity as the result of adopting mobile technology would yield $2.5 billion to the Canadian economy - $8 billion if multiple emerging technologies were well-adopted. Yet, today, just half of Canadian enterprises have enabled mobile solutions across their entire workforce," notes Gary Davenport, President of CIOCAN.
Put simply, technology, in our assessment, is not yet seen as an important enough part of executive and managerial discussions in most Canadian enterprises.
This paper explores in a short space the opportunities that exist to accelerate digital adoption by Canadian enterprises, the challenges to greater adoption, concrete solutions for overcoming those, and suggested next steps. We invite all stakeholders to get involved to make our Digital Adoption Campaign a success.
For further information, contact:
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Namir Anani | President & CEO
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John Reid | President
Gary Davenport | President
The bullets below are a summary of the action items for which ICTC/CATAAlliance/CIOCAN are advocating. Each is explored in greater detail in our full report: Digital Adoption, Advancing Canada's place in a global economy.
The adoption roadmap paper is the most recent initiative of the Digital Adoption Consortium, following the submission of an advocacy paper in February 2014 to Industry Canada's consultation on innovation. As is advocated for in the full advocacy paper. Once published, the Consortium partners will begin the selection of organizations and case studies to be contributed to a Canadian Digital Adoption Hub - a collaborative, information-rich, one-stop shop for digital adoption learning and resources.
++ Action Item: Please opt-in to our moderated Digital Compass Social Media Group today at: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Digital-Adoption-Compass-8138209/about