Digit-ALLY

Making. Business. Better.

What is digital-Ally about?

Advances in digital services are increasingly creating major new opportunities for professional service organisations, as already seen across many other industries with great success.

The new digit-ALLY initiative looks to support professional service organisations, like you, across the West Midlands. It aims to help you cut through the noise of the wide array of digital services available, identify which ones are most appropriate for your individual needs and how you would go about putting them to use in your business to make business better.

Digital services span a variety of digital technologies including digital basics, enabling technologies, and data driven technologies. Digit-ALLY focusses on the barriers to adopting data driven technologies.

What do we mean by professional service organisations?

For the purpose of this initiative we are looking to support organisation that operate in any of the following:

Insurance
Accountancy
Banking
Law
Architecture
Support services (including IT and recruitment)
Real estate advisory community (including asset managers, property managers, valuation surveyors etc.)
Marketing and communications advisory agencies

What do we mean by digital services?

Digital Basics

The core basics to help run your business.


Enabling Technologies

The digital tools to make your business more efficient

Data Driven Technologies

The emerging disruptive technologies which leverage data to make business better.

Digit-ALLY focusses on overcoming barriers to adopting these data driven technologies.

Digit-ALLY is delivered by the Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands in partnership with Hyperscale Group Ltd, on behalf of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

Event: Digit-ALLY Accelerator Lab

This event took place on 22nd September 2020.

The objective of the Accelerator Lab was to build upon participant responses provided via survey to tackle barriers and support priorities relating to the adoption of Data Driven Technologies.

To give participants the best experience we engaged with third party suppliers who specialise in the areas highlighted from the survey.

The Lab lasted for 3 hours with various presentations from the Digit-ALLY team and partners with interactive engagement from participants.

We took participants through the following experience:

TimeComponentDefinitionRepresentative responsibleTiming
09:30Welcome & IntroductionsIntro to the Accelerator Lab and the agenda for the day.   Participant introductions.Iain Mansell, Innovation Alliance10 mins
09:40Cost Effective Data Driven TechnologyExamples of data driven services which can be leveraged within Office 365 at low cost.Scott Brant, Brant Consulting30 mins (including Q&A)
10:10GrowthUsing data driven services in Manzama to drive sales and match customers to need.Anthony Roberts, Manzama30 mins (including Q&A)
10:4010 MINUTE COMFORT BREAK
10:50SkillsInterim staff resourcing for short term interim projects on data driven services.Chris Seel, Harvey Nash30 mins (including Q&A)
11:20Education/engagement of peopleA session on the changing world, tools available, innovation models and how to deliver.Derek Southall, Hyperscale Group30 mins (Including Q&A)
11:50Innovation SupportAdvice on the range of innovation support programmes available from grants to free expert advice and guidance.    Iain Mansell, Innovation Alliance   Paula Cresswell, Director of Business Engagement & ERDF Programmes – Aston University30 mins (including Q&A)
12:20Closing remarks and questionsParticipant key takeaways and final questions.Iain Mansell & Derek Southall10 mins

1. Cost Effective Data Driven Technology

Examples of data driven services which can be leveraged within Office 365 at low cost
(Scott Brant – Brant Consulting – scott@brantconsulting.co.uk

2. Growth

Using data driven services in Manzama to drive sales and match customers to need

(Anthony Roberts – Manzama – aroberts@diligent.com

3. Skills

Interim staff resourcing for short term interim projects on data driven services

(Chris Seel – Harvey Nash – chris.seel@harveynash.com

4. Education and Engagement of People

A session on the changing world, tools available, innovation models and how to deliver

(Derek Southall – Hyperscale Group – dereksouthall@hyperscalegroup.com)

5. Innovation Support

Advice on a range of innovation support programmes available from grants to free expert advice and guidance

(Iain Mansell – Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands – iain_mansell@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk)

(Paula Cresswell – Aston University – p.cresswell@aston.ac.uk)