Kia ora koutou,
Under the leadership of the Chief Digital Officer (Michael Oulsnam) and Director of Digital Architecture & Strategy (Ken Lai), the new Digital team has kicked off a program of work to co-create UC’s Digital Strategy.
Why does UC need a Digital Strategy?
There is much work to be done in defining what digital for UC will look like in the next 5 to 10 years. The technologies we need, how these will share information with each other and us, the skills our workforce need to keep delivering value and the ways-of-working we need to adopt, to name just a few!
However, working out which Digital Capabilities we need to establish, grow and maintain means we need to have a vision on how far UC takes its business digital, and the corresponding experience we will provide to our stakeholders.
A Digital Strategy wraps all these elements into a single coherent plan that provides a blueprint for UC’s digital journey over the next 5 to 10 years.
How will the Digital Strategy be developed?
The Digital Strategy will be co-created, co-designed and co-developed with stakeholders across UC, so the chances are that you will be contributing to it in some way. Co-development and co-design activities will include interviews, workshops, surveys and interactive presentations.
The work has been split into three phases – Digital Vision, Digital Experience, and Digital Capabilities & Roadmap. The program has been structured to deliver outcomes throughout 2021, leading to the Digital Strategy’s publication by the end of the year.
We’re starting work on the Digital Vision, so what is it?
When we think about digital, we often associate it with gadgets, apps, technologies, automation and robots. As a society, and that includes UC, we have benefited and will benefit significantly from digitising the many aspects of our work and personal lives. Furthermore, UC’s Strategic Vision has set a number of such digitisation objectives.
However, the real benefits from digital is much deeper. It’s where the “middleman” role is no longer needed, geography no longer plays a part, and information is readily accessible. For organisations that have embraced such digitalisations, they find themselves as enviable market leaders that operate at a global scale, advancing at a pace that competitors have difficulties keeping up with.
UC’s Digital Vision will articulate our own desired and unique balance between digitalisation and digitisation as an organisation, along with the associated market characteristics and business models. This will then lead into the next phase of work – developing the Digital Experience to realise the Digital Vision.
How can you help?
Ideally we would engage intimately with each of you. However, this will be infeasible due to time and resource constraints. Over the next two months, we will be running a series of inter-related group workshops, along with surveys and questionnaires.
We really need your help and input for this co-creation to work. So, if you’re invited to one of our workshops, please come prepared with your best digitally minded ideas. Alternately, please keep an eye out for our Digital Strategy Survey / Questionnaire and respond accordingly.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email Michael Oulsnam (Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself (Ken.Lai@canterbury.ac.nz)
I thank you all in advance.
Nāku noa, nā,