Atos welcomes findings from Maier Industrial Digitalisation Review

Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, today welcomes the recommendations from the Industrial Digitalisation Review, chaired by Siemens UK CEO Professor Juergen Maier.

Released this morning, the Review outlines proposals aimed to boost the competitive advantage of UK industry and foster future economic growth by boosting skills and utilising new technologies like artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality and 3D printing.

The recommendations will now be considered by the government and used to inform a future sector deal between Government and industry.

These significant proposals include the creation of a Single Industrial Digitalisation Skills Strategy and the establishment of the Made Smarter UK (MSUK) Commission, which would be responsible for the promotion of the UK as a global hub for digital skills.

Atos UK&I Chief Executive Adrian Gregory was a member of the review team and worked closely with Chair Juergen Maier to develop and drive forward the Review’s proposals for the UK’s digital skills agenda.

Adrian Gregory, Chief Executive UK&I at Atos said:

I have been very proud to be a part of this Review which comes at a crucial time for the future of UK industry.  The proposals and recommendations at the heart of the Review will help drive competitive advantage for this country.  The recommendations on education, the development of skills and upskilling are absolutely essential to meet the challenges of the future.

“As industry moves forward into this supercharged digital age, a strong combination of industry, academia and government will be essential for the UK to grasp the opportunities that this fourth industrial revolution presents.  It is critical that we develop, upskill and migrate jobs into new digital industries to build on the UK’s existing strengths in the technology sector while encouraging a new generation of entrepreneurs to develop the products that will help deliver future revolutions in industry.” 

The continued evolution towards end-to-end digital transformation is something that Atos is seeing, not only in its own business, but in the commercial sector, particularly in the manufacturing and financial services industries.  Disruption is happening across the public sector as well, including central government, local government, ‘blue light’ services and health.

Atos has extensive end-to-end solutioning expertise in digital transformation through its Digital Transformation Factory, particularly focused on utilising hybrid cloud, digital workplace, Atos Codex and SAP HANA.

A thought leader in the digital sector, Atos has sought to demonstrate in its recent series of Digital Vision papers the potential of digitalisation to society and industry in areas such as health and government; it has also shown how the effective use of big data and supercomputing can deliver improved services and productivity, underpinned by advanced cyber security. This makes Atos well-placed to highlight the ways in which organisations can embrace digital disruption.

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About Atos

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with approximately 100,000 employees in 72 countries and annual revenue of around € 12 billion. The European number one in Big Data, Cybersecurity, High Performance Computing and Digital Workplace, The Group provides Cloud services, Infrastructure & Data Management, Business & Platform solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payment industry. With its cutting-edge technologies, digital expertise and industry knowledge, Atos supports the digital transformation of its clients across various business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Energy & Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, Unify and Worldline. Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

About the Industrial Digitalisation Review

The Industrial Digitalisation Review was announced as part of the Government’s new Industrial Strategy on the 23rd of January.  Chaired by Juergen Maier, the CEO of Siemens UK and Ireland, it was tasked with assessing how the UK can benefit from the accelerated adoption of digital technology across advanced manufacturing. The review is backed by the newly formed Productivity Leadership Council, which received support from the Government in the November Autumn Statement.

The intention of the review was to produce blueprint for a ‘Sector Deal’ for manufacturing and industrial sectors, which could see government and business partners increase the take up of new technologies in the UK.  The review team examined issues surrounding driving productivity improvement, skills and the number of high value, high productivity jobs, promoting competition and innovation, facilitating long term investment between suppliers and large companies, identifying where the greatest value can be gained from new technology, developing and growing the strengths of particular clusters, increasing exports; looking at trade and investment deals and commercialising research.

Alongside Atos UK&I Chief Executive Adrian Gregory, representatives from business include Sir Charlie Mayfield (Chairman, John Lewis Partnership), Phil Smith (Chairman, Cisco UK & Ireland), Carolyn Fairbairn (Director General, CBI) David Stokes (CEO UK & Ireland, IBM), Oliver Benzecry, (CEO of Accenture UK) , Roger Connor (Head of Global Manufacturing, GSK) and Nigel Stein, (CEO of GKN).

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