The Digital Surge programme, which is being part funded by Invest Northern Ireland, the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth & Jobs Northern Ireland (2014-2020) Programme and all 11 councils in Northern Ireland, has been created to introduce advanced digital technology to businesses across the country.
Events Laid On To Harness Potential Of Digital Programme
A combination of workshops, masterclasses and networking events etc will be laid on for businesses to learn about the digital tools which are available to them so that they can harness their potential.
Kevin O’Connor, who is head of business with Derry City and Strabane District Council, is quoted in the Belfast Newsletter on the subject of this ambitious programme, saying:
“Digital technology offers local businesses an amazing platform to showcase products and streamline services though many people find it daunting keeping up with the latest advances,” he said.
“The Surge Programme equips businesses with the knowledge to harness the potential of the most innovative digital tools which have the capacity to catalyse their growth and development.
“I would really encourage local businesses to check out the range of areas being explored, from Big-Data to Machine Learning, and how they can effectively use these exciting new technologies to fast track their way to success.”
Digital Technology Areas Covered
And here are the advanced digital technology areas being covered by this programme as copied from the same article:
- Smart technologies/ smart environments and the Internet of Things (IoT);
- Process automation via robotics/cobotics;
- Big-data and analytics;
- Immersive technologies (AR/VR/MR/Haptics);
- Artificial intelligence and machine learning;
- Distributed ledger systems / blockchain technologies.
Businesses To Embark On A Digital Transformation Journey
Gillian Colan-O’Leary, consortium project lead of the programme, is quoted in the article also, saying:
“We are really looking forward to helping small businesses across Northern Ireland embark on their digital transformation journey.
“Businesses which recognise the role advanced transformative technology can play, at a strategic level, will certainly increase their growth potential, and we will provide the support they need to discover how to fundamentally change how they operate and deliver value.”
This is a very worthwhile project and we hope that as many businesses as possible can benefit from the programme so that Northern Ireland can be at the forefront of all digital technological advances. That is all for this blog, as ever if you require any assistance with your taxes or accounts etc please give our team a call on 028 3752 2909.