10 December 2020. The Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, has published the report Support of Standardization for Digital Transformation, which aims to help Spanish companies and the Administration achieve success in digitization, through technical standards.
The report reveals the existence of numerous technical standardisation committees that promote digital transformation in companies, identifying 14 strategic thematic areas of standardisation: including cybersecurity, digital enabling technologies, talent, digital health, data economy, the public sector and the digitization of industry.
Standards are a pillar of digital transformation, establishing common language and providing security and confidence in products and services, through robust and reliable frameworks. UNE standards provide an effective response to business challenges, and are a strong support for governments in the effective deployment of public policies. For example, by helping to achieve the critical dimensions of the Digital Spain 2025 Agenda.
The coronavirus crisis has accelerated the digital transformation of all companies and standardisation contributes to its success, harmonising best practices and gathering the consensus of experts in areas such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Artificial Intelligence ( IA), Blockchain, cybersecurity, cloud or digital identification systems, among others.
An illustrative example is the UNE CTN 71 technical standardization committee on Digital Enabling Technologies, chaired by the Secretary of State for Digitization and Artificial Intelligence of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation. This committee leads key standards in this area.
Some illustrative examples of this are the UNE 0060 and UNE 0061 Specifications, promoted by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, that establish the requirements for considering an industry as Digital, facilitating the full digitization of Spanish industrial companies.
Moreover, UNE carries the opinions of the industry's experts in Spain to international and European standardisation forums where the key new standards for digital transformation are developed. As the European Commission itself acknowledges, digital transformation and ecological transition policies require the support of standards.
Furthermore, standards help organisations to achieve one or more of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as they provide the consensus, collaboration and best practices that this global challenge requires.