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ScotlandIS targets data growth with two key hires

Katy GuthrieScotlandIS, the trade body for the digital technologies industry in Scotland, has made two key appointments as it strengthens its services for members and the support it provides to the wider industry.

Katy Guthrie, main picture, joins as head of data from Diligenta, a Tata Consultancy Services subsidiary, with a background in data, software and digital design having worked both at the ‘code face’ and in business intelligence, data architecture and other technologies. 

In her new role, Katy will support Scotland’s digital technologies sector to promote and develop new products and services that exploit data, showcasing their data science expertise, in response to the rapidly growing market for specialist data solutions.

In partnership with ONE Digital and Entrepreneurship, ScotlandIS has also appointed Jen Scott, also pictured, as a co-funded, dedicated digital development manager for the north east to support members to grow their businesses and break into new markets.

She has a background in technology and most recently headed up public engagement with research at the University of Aberdeen.

Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS, said: “Our recent 2019 Scottish Technology Industry Survey revealed that Scottish tech companies viewed the greatest opportunities over the next 18 months1 as being in artificial intelligence and machine learning data analytics  and Internet of Things.  We therefore decided to create a dedicated data cluster under the stewardship of Katy as our new Head of Data, as part of our wider cluster development strategy.

“The new data cluster will bring together Scotland based businesses that provide data related products and services. It will facilitate collaboration and the development of new, innovative products and services which could help to open new markets and opportunities across the globe.

“Jen Scott joins us to lead our operations in the North East. This is a joint role with ONE and builds on our partnership with ONE, to support and develop the digital economy in the area. Jen is already well-connected in the North East and with her technology background and business knowledge she’s perfect for the role.

We’ve worked closely with Scottish Enterprise who are supporting our cluster strategy, enabling us to strengthen the services we provide.”

Sir Ian Wood, chairman of ONE’s Digital & Entrepreneurship sector board, said: “Digital is one of the key transformational factors in our economy and ScotlandIS shares our ambition to make North East Scotland a dynamic environment for new and established tech businesses with high-growth potential and enable digital transformation to deliver step changes in sector productivity. We are now co-investing to bring additional resource into the ecosystem to support company and cluster growth.”

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