Atos UK & Ireland Newsletter – Autumn 2018
I am delighted to introduce this latest edition of the Atos Parliamentary Newsletter, outlining our work over the past few months, in exploring the transformative impact of digital technology on government and society as well as reinforcing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
This week we have welcomed the Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James MP and Tabitha Goldstaub, AI Council Chair, to launch the first Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab under the Atos – Google Cloud global partnership.
In recent weeks we have published new Digital Vision papers dedicated to AI, Farming, and Scotland as well as a new research report, The Great British Enterprise Opportunity, which reveals that Britain is missing out on 70,000 would-be entrepreneurs, and featured in an article that I wrote for the Telegraph showing how advances in digital technology can help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.
We also recognised the hard work of our Diversity Networks at our Diversity and Inclusion Expo in July and were pleased to be shortlisted in the ‘AI Pioneer of the Year’ category ahead of November’s National Business Awards. We are also proud to announce that we are an early signatory of the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter.
I hope you enjoy reading more about our recent work and I look forward to bringing you news of upcoming, exciting developments in our future updates.
Adrian Gregory, Chief Executive Officer, Atos UK & Ireland
Atos launches Digital Vision for AI and The Great British Enterprise Opportunity research report at Conservative Party Conference
Atos UK&I hosted two fringe events at this year’s Conservative Party Conference.
The first fringe, ‘AI: a force for good?’ included Damian Collins MP, Alan Mak MP, Nigel Huddleston MP and representatives from a number of sectors. The panel discussed topics such as the general public’s awareness and understanding of AI; the potential benefits of AI for public services; and future considerations for policy makers. At the fringe Atos also launched the Digital Vision for AI, a thought leadership paper featuring contributions from subject matter experts from Atos and the wider industry.
Kulveer Ranger, SVP, Head of Strategy, Marketing, Comms & Public Affairs, Northern Europe & APAC said: “This critical debate centred on the fact that AI technology is now with us and it was enlightening to hear from three key politicians their thoughts on the opportunity, the risks, the ethics, the need for government departments to embrace the technology, and fundamentally how public concerns will need to be addressed when it comes to the future application of AI.”
At the second fringe, ‘The Great British Enterprise Challenge: how can we unleash the potential of a new generation of entrepreneurs?’ Atos launched The Great British Enterprise Opportunity research report. This reveals that Britain is missing out on 70,000 would-be entrepreneurs and calls for the creation of an Enterprise Account (similar to the pensions dashboard currently being developed by government). This would bring together a multitude of support for entrepreneurs into one place, providing easy access to information for people across the country. The fringe event generated a lively discussion on barriers to entrepreneurs amongst panel members including Steve Baker MP, Gillian Keegan MP and those who have started their own businesses.
Atos & Google Cloud launch inaugural AI Lab
On 15 October, Atos welcomed the Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James MP, to launch the first Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab as part of the global partnership between Google Cloud and Atos.
Providing the opportunity for any business to explore how AI could support their business objectives, the AI Lab will be instrumental in supporting both the UK private and public sectors on their path to becoming intelligent enterprises. This will be achieved by uncovering the opportunities brought about by AI, and what specific business challenges can be overcome through the introduction of tailored, AI-based solutions.
On the day, the Minister enjoyed a tour of Atos’ UK&I headquarters, followed by various interactive demonstrations inside the Lab, conducted by Atos’ AI experts. The visit concluded with a question and answer session between the Minister and Atos’ Graduate, Intern and Apprentice community.
Adrian Gregory, CEO, Atos UK&I, said: “The opening of this first AI Lab marks a new era in enterprise transformation and opportunity. In combining the advanced capabilities of Atos and Google Cloud AI technology, organisations will have access to compelling solutions acting as a springboard to growth in an evolving, digitally focused marketplace.”
Atos shortlisted in the ‘AI Pioneer of the Year’ category at the National Business Awards
Atos has been shortlisted in the ‘AI Pioneer of the Year’ category for the 2018 National Business Awards. This nomination recognises Atos’ work with Ulster Bank, where we implemented their new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform using the ‘Salesforce Einstein’ AI system.
Ulster Bank challenged Atos with helping them better understand the wants and needs of their customers. In response, Salesforce Einstein was designed by Atos to create a single customer view, which account managers can use to monitor information such as what products clients are using and how additional value can be created for customers through a targeted and personalised approach. We were then able to create a next best product recommendation tool which suggests what services might interest a particular customer, and when to engage with them regarding this opportunity.
Jillian Moore, Head of Atos Digital UK&I, said: “It is great to get recognition via this award nomination for our pioneering work with Salesforce Einstein and Ulster Bank, not just because it was a chance to solve a business challenge but because information will be everything going forwards, making sense of it will be key, and AI will be at the centre of this.”
The winners of the 2018 National Business Awards will be announced on 13 November.
New Digital Vision paper showcases how new technology is transforming UK farming
Atos has unveiled its new Digital Vision for Farming opinion paper, with contributions from subject matter experts who represent organisations such as Arla, Kirona and Agri-EPI Centre. This new publication outlines how digital technology is already being harnessed by businesses to improve their processes and increase productivity. Furthermore, the paper demonstrates how digital can help safeguard the UK’s natural environment in line with the new farming policy framework currently being developed by the Government.
Subjects explored in Digital Vision for Farming explain how digital technology can be implemented to benefit crop husbandry and animal health, improve the efficiency and transparency of supply chains and minimise disruption from inspections, leading to improved competitiveness and better outcomes for farmers, consumers and the environment.
Digital Vision for Scotland is launched
Atos has unveiled its new Digital Vision for Scotland opinion paper, which highlights the dramatic impact of digital technologies in Scotland and the potential for the country to create a competitive advantage in today’s global economy. The paper was unveiled during the Cycling Road Race at the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, and showcased Atos’ official partnership to the Games.
The era of digital change is underway, and Scottish businesses are transforming how they operate to keep pace with rapid technological advances. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, and the forthcoming advances in quantum computing are set to enter the mainstream, and businesses are taking steps to develop their employees’ digital skills.
In this Digital Vision paper, Scottish business experts discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with the digital transformation of businesses, infrastructure and public services in Scotland, offering suggestions to meet those challenges and deliver on the potential of a digital nation.
Speaking on the launch of the thought leadership paper, Gavin Thomson, Senior Vice President – Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Big Data & Security, Atos UK&I said: “Scotland is currently witnessing a change in how digital infrastructures and capabilities can heighten opportunities for, amongst many other benefits, increased efficiencies, greater economic growth and skills development. Atos firmly believes harnessing the digital and technological potential in Scotland will help to enhance citizens’ lives and enable organisations to deliver their key priorities.”
Acquisition of Syntel strengthens Atos global portfolio
Atos is proud to announce the completion of the acquisition of Syntel on 9 October 2018, a leading global provider of integrated information technology and knowledge process services.
As a result, Atos has gained a complementary portfolio, customer base and geographic footprint, as well as 23,000 new joiners with highly developed skills in digital services. Syntel will also strengthen Atos’ digital solutions portfolio and significantly accelerate market development in North America. The combination of the two companies enhances the delivery of a unique selection of end-to-end digital transformation services for Atos’ customers.
Thierry Breton, former Chairman and CEO of Atos said: ”I am very proud to announce such an important milestone in Atos’ leadership development with the acquisition of Syntel, a leading digital company, established 38 years ago, that perfectly fits our strategic priorities.”
More information about this acquisition is available here.
Atos hosts the Vice President of Argentina, following another successful Diversity & Inclusion Expo
The hard work of Atos’s Diversity Networks was demonstrated again on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 July at yet another successful Diversity and Inclusion Expo. This year’s event had a packed agenda covering topics such as Inclusive Leadership, Allies & Ambassadors and Positive Action vs Positive Discrimination.
The Expo was open to Atos’ customers, suppliers and partners, with a focus on the importance of inclusion and the value that diversity brings to business. We were delighted to host representatives from the Home Office, the Bank of England and Ernst & Young, among many others.
Following the Expo, Atos was pleased to welcome the Vice President of the State of Argentina, Gabriela Michetti, to our UK&I headquarters on 25 July as part of her visit to attend the first Global Disability Summit in London. The visit showcased Atos’ work in delivering accessibility, with our CEO UK&I Adrian Gregory and Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion UK&I Neil Milliken briefing Ms Michetti about the work of Atos’ Adapt network and our Accessibility Academy.
Atos hosts Million Makers Senior Leaders Event for The Prince’s Trust
Adrian Gregory, CEO, Atos UK&I and Million Makers Committee Chair, hosted the Million Makers Senior Leaders Event on 12 September at our UK&I headquarters in London. This second annual event is designed to encourage organisations to share ideas about how they can do more to support The Prince’s Trust.
Each year, Atos Graduates join the Million Makers Challenge, designed to promote entrepreneurship through organised events, activities and fundraising across the UK. The teams can raise between £10,000 and £250,000 each, in support of The Prince’s Trust, competing with teams from 60 other companies.
The event gathered around 50 business leaders from organisations including Ascential, Marks & Spencer, and many more, who had the opportunity to hear from speakers including Prince’s Trust Celebrity Ambassador Levi Roots, Prince’s Trust CEO Nick Stace, and participants from Million Makers. Michelle Matthew-Ekuku, The Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador, also attended and spoke movingly about her personal journey and the support that she received from the charity in kickstarting her career.
Adrian Gregory, CEO, Atos UK&I said: “This event brought together various business organisations to enrol teams as well as share ideas about how they can raise even more money for the Million Makers. It was great to have Prince’s Trust Ambassador, Levi Roots attend and hear about how he became a successful entrepreneur, who is proud about what he has achieved and how he inspires the people he employs, some of whom have come from The Prince’s Trust.”