Techleaders, a national group of expertsto help address tech related issues of national importance, has released a set of digital principles designed to support New Zealand’s transformation into a more digitally competitive nation by helping Kiwi businesses and government agencies commit to digital transformation.
The group contends that the prosperity of New Zealand is inextricably linked to how well organisations embrace a digital future and how well they evolve digitally.
It says it has produced theas “the first step toward providing a useful guide for organisations going through a digital transformation,” and “create the framework for focusing on what is needed to successfully transition an organisation.”
In summary the principles are: be purposeful; seek to improve; actively collaborate; focus on value; be people centric; commit to lifelong learning. Techleaders says its next step will be publication of a set of guidebooks covering the “how to” for each principle.
Techleaders chair David Kennedy said the digital principles would be vital for the country’s future prosperity and that, by coordinating digital transformation, they could turn the challenges into advantages for New Zealand.
“All business, from large corporations and government agencies, through to small and medium firms throughout New Zealand, will at some stage in the next few years undergo a digital transformation,” he said
“In many cases these digital technologies will make organisations much more efficient and productive, however there is also risk that these changes will impact people’s jobs.
“Many people will quite quickly find that they don’t have necessary skills for a digital workplace, while at the same time there is a growing shortage of digitally skilled employees. Businesses must realise that the solution is to take a planned approach to these changes and help their employees develop the skills that the organisation will need in the coming years.”
He added: “The digital revolution will create new jobs that will require different skills and ways of thinking. For New Zealand to meet this demand at the scale required, we need to be adaptive and flexible in our approach by creating a culture where everyone, at all levels is continually learning.”