The Digital Technologies Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) is a collaboration between industry and Government to help grow the digital technologies sector. It is something everyone working in the IoT space needs to know about and we want to ensure our ecosystem is well represented.
What is an Industry Transformation Plan?
Industry Transformation Plans (ITP) are being developed for selected sectors where the greatest economic opportunities lay or where the most significant transformation into a modern digitally enabled industry is necessary.
ITPs have been developed for agritech and the construction sector, with plans to create additional ITPs for digital technologies, advanced manufacturing, food and beverage and forestry and wood processing. Each ITP is different, but all describe an agreed vision for the future state of the sector; and outline the actions required to realise this vision, including investment, innovation and skills development.
The Digital Tech ITP is being led by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in partnership with NZTech. Learn more here About the Digital Tech ITP – Digital Tech ITP
Initial workshops with key stakeholders agreed on a focus on the growth of the digital technology sector itself, rather than the broader uptake of technology across the economy. Further workshops identified the key sector challenges and opportunities identified. Other work streams and foundational enablers have been identified to produce a framework from which ITPs can be developed.
How does IoT fit into these plans?
The Internet of Things (IoT) is utilised across many industries and technologies and will play a crucial part in many ITPs, even if not mentioned directly. From a data perspective, IoT is a key data collection point and hence data ingress into the digital technologies sector.
It is vital that our ecosystem is involved and has its say in the Digital Tech ITPs. The IoT Alliance (as part of the NZTech Tech Alliance) welcomes input from members and can facilitate input into the ITP as needed.
How can I be involved?
There are several workstreams and we want to ensure that the IoT Alliance is well represented. Explore the Digital Technology ITP workstreams here. We encourage you to become involved in these workstreams – e.g. workstreams on Data Driven
Innovation and the Skills Pipeline can benefit from IoT ecosystem input.
Data Driven Innovation
Data is a foundational element of ITPs. If there is one thing that IoT knows, it is data, and the importance of having accurate and timely information. We have a responsibility to help other industries understand how important IoT data is, and how it is necessary to plan for its use and management. The data workstream is taking shape. We plan to work with businesses in order to grow their understanding of the strategic importance of data and how technologies such as the IoT drive data insight.. Learn more about the Data Driven Innovation workstream. Please register your interest here.
Partnership with Māori is a key principle of the development of ITPs. There are significant opportunities for the economy through enabling Māori success in the digital technologies sector. This includes providing clear pathways into the sector, upskilling workers and providing better support for Māori businesses.
The research report Digital Skills Aotearoa – Digital Skills for Our Digital Future provides insights into the current labour market. More information about the Skills Pipeline workstream can be found here. If you would like to be involved in either workstream please contact us.
Our purpose is to actively contribute to the prosperity of New Zealand through accelerating the uptake of IoT. We aim to accelerate IoT innovation by promoting collaboration across industry and government and our involvement with the Digital Tech ITPs is positive step in facilitating this.
We value your support to help us achieve these goals, so please contact us if you are able to help.