SCDI produces a number of Publications - including policy-related Reports & Analysis. You can access further details of these here.

Smart Citizens, Smart City Regions - Delivering Digital Public Services in Scotland - Report

Following on from our previous collaborative Digitally-focused policy report ('Digital Solutions to the Productivity Puzzle' launched Jan.2016) SCDI, Scotland IS, The Royal Society of Edinburgh and BT Scotland again joined forces to produce a second Report, 'Smart Citizens, Smart City Regions - Delivering Digital Public Services in Scotland' which was launched on 30.Jan.2017.

This report focuses on the digital transformation of public services in Scotland, highlighting the need to accelerate the pace of change to ensure Scotland reaps the opportunities offered by new technologies, and calls for distinct and high level leadership through a newly-created Digital Leader for Scotland role. Such a digital leadership role would provide a driving force and would report to the Scottish Cabinet to ensure that digital transformation gets the high level support and oversight needed to make it successful.

The 'Smart Citizens, Smart City Regions' report makes a number of recommendations on how to support Scotland and its citizens on the digital journey. It has been estimated that digital transformation in Scotland could see savings of £130m to £200m based on savings calculated for transformation at a UK level. Online transaction costs can be up to fifty times cheaper than face to face transactions. 

More information

SCDI Annual Review 2015/16 & Future Plan 2017

2017 will be a year of change for the Scottish economy. Not just because of the new environment offered by the first year of partial devolved fiscal policy, where wealth creation and economic growth are critical to our Scottish economy, but also because of the challenges that emerged in 2016.

SCDI continues to be a key conduit and facilitator for innovative economic development concepts, as we collectively with our members aim to adapt our economy to myriad new circumstances both domestically and globally.

Brexit will clearly impact on SCDI's work and the wider environment for the public and private sector as well as the social economy. We will continue to engage with both the UK and Scottish Governments around exiting the EU. There will be a high level of debate around this topic at the SCDI Forum 2017 - 'Brave New Worlds?'.

The key pillars of the SCDI Blueprint 'From Fragile to Agile' - Productivity, Innovation and Internationalisation, underpinned by Infrastructure and Place - and the need to turn these areas of underperformance in the Scottish economy around in order to become a high-performance, agile economy, have been the touchstones of our policy work this past year and will continue to drive our policy agenda for the foreseeable future.

We have also recently co-produced two Digitally focused policy reports:

  • 'Digital Solutions to the Productivity Puzzle' (click) - re how digital transformation can meet Scotland's key economic challenge of increasing productivity; and
  • 'Smart Citizens, Smart City Regions: Delivering Digital Public Services in Scotland' (click) - focusing on the digital transformation of public services in Scotland and highlighting the need to accelerate the pace of change to ensure Scotland reaps the opportunities offered by new technologies.

During 2017, we will publish the findings from the ongoing work of our SCDI Connectivity Commission - more of which is detailed in our new Future Plan below.

SCDI's key goal is to support our members in the public, private and social economy sectors to thrive and to see this translate into long term economic and social prosperity for Scotland. In order to help achieve this, SCDI will utilise its unique convening powers and spheres of influence to support members and help ensure that Scotland is the best possible place it can be to do business.

To access our SCDI Annual Review & Future Plan 2017 via 'reader' function, please click here.
(Icon to bottom right of publication image screen provides 'Fullscreen' viewing option)

Our Future Plan seeks to reflect our role as a lynchpin for all parts of the Scottish economy, bringing together a collective insight into the opportunities and risks for the economy, which is changing even more rapidly due to the dynamic external environment we find ourselves in. As we aim to provide an anchor point in what are proving to be uncharted waters, this Annual Review & Future Plan demonstrates that SCDI continues to play a committed and energetic role in ensuring that Scotland's economy grows and is ready to face and adapt to the future, whatever that may present.


SCDI ‘Pointer’

SCDI publishes ‘Pointer’, a subscription-based business e-digest, which provides a concise summary of recent and key commercial activity taking place in, and impacting upon, Scotland’s economy. 

More information

SCDI Annual Review 2014/15

The past 12 months for SCDI, our members and stakeholders has seen us examine Scotland's economy, both in its current form and as it evolves from a tumultuous and challenging period. This has provided a strong basis to help shape the emerging economy by developing characteristics such as low carbon and the power of digital technology.

The opportunities and threats before Scotland from global disruptive changes are stark and our economy must make the transformation from fragile to agile. Productivity is the principal driver of growth, and to succeed we must collectively tackle this head-on, including by addressing the key economic challenges of innovation and internationalisation.

This, of course, is not an agenda on which government can deliver alone - we all must take a lead and play our part. Underpinned by infrastructure, both physical and digital, the connection of place and the skills of our people, we must meet the challenge of an emerging economy if we are to secure a prosperous future for Scotland. 

More information

Digital Solutions to the Productivity Puzzle - Report

SCDI, Scotland IS, The Royal Society of Edinburgh and BT Scotland joined forces to produce a 'Digital Solutions to the Productivity Puzzle' Report, launched on 18.Jan.2016. 

With input from a cross-section of industry leaders, it notes that the Scottish Government and all sectors need to focus on utilising the new, world-class digital infrastructure in Scotland for higher economic growth and public service improvements over the next 5 years.

It calls for similar senior appointments across the public and private sectors to provide stronger leadership on digitalisation and action to recruit, train and continually develop more specialist Computer Science teachers. The report also makes recommendations on business transformation, data, skills and infrastructure and joint work to drive up digital adoption, usage, benefits and skills across the Scottish business base. 

More information