City partnership with CGI now ‘more likely’ to deliver benefits

A partnership between Edinburgh City Council and its ICT supplier is now ‘more likely’ to deliver transformation benefits after slow progress in the first phase of the contract. The local authority had signed up


A new virtual awards ceremony honouring Scotland’s community cyber leaders will be hosted as part of a national cyber week in February. The first Scottish Business Resilience Centre cyber community awards is officially open to entries, and members of the public are being encouraged to nominate their online champions.

ELECTRONIC PRESCRIBING AND MEDICINES SYSTEM APPROVED A Scottish health board has approved the use of a £2.5m electronic prescribing and medicines administration system in an effort to improve patient safety. The Hospital Electronic Prescribing and Medicines Administration system is designed to replace existing paper-based systems at NHS Fife and make prescribing and administration processes more efficient, freeing clinical staff to carry out face-to-face care.

PARTNERSHIPS BOOST 4G RURAL CONNECTIVITY EE has partnered with the Scottish Government and the Home Office to bring 4G to some of Scotland’s most remote rural locations for the first time. Strathconon, in the Highlands, Blairmore in Argyll and Bute and Reawick in the Shetland Islands have been connected to 4G, with a further 32 locations across rural Scotland to follow. The sites are all part of the Scottish Government’s £25 m Scottish 4G Infill programme (S4GI) which is delivering 4G infrastructure and services in so-called ‘not-spots’ in rural Scotland (see Page 66), providing 4G connectivity to areas which previously had no coverage.

global tech company CGI as its tech managed services supplier in 2016 but the initial two-year period failed to deliver the anticipated ‘transfor- mational outcomes and benefits’, ac- cording to an Audit Scotland report. The development of a digital


A Scottish local authority has saved an expected £1m after migrating 95 per cent of its data to the public cloud rather than continuing to maintain ageing on- premises ICT infrastructure. Dundee City Council moved

its systems to local managed services provider Brightsolid’s data centre during the sum- mer after senior management realised their own data centres needed significant upgrades to keep running. An early cost analysis showed continuing with on-premises data centres would have required an investment of up to £1m.

Scottish digital public services outperform EU and UK

Nordic countries remain leaders in digital government, according to a new report that rated Scotland as among the best performing nations in Europe.

In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the revision of the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy, Capgemini was asked to conduct a benchmarking study with a focus on the effective- ness of Scotland’s digital public services. From an international perspective, Scottish digital public services outperformed the EU27 average and the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, it lagged behind the Nordic countries.


strategy – signed off last month – and ‘improved governance’ now exist to deliver a range of digital projects with the report noting it is ‘more likely that the council will achieve expected efficiencies and transformation’.

INDUSTRY IN THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM Skills Development Scotland (SDS) exhibited at Digital Scotland 2020 to promote digital apprenticeships while also asking public sector technologists to step up and help the nation’s school children. Before the pandemic struck, SDS was piloting an initiative called Tech Industry in the Classroom, which has been adapted for a virtual setting with a new best practice guide.

DIGITAL TO SUPPORT OLDER PEOPLE IN WINTER A £100m government funding package to support families and children through the winter will include significant measures to tackle digital exclusion among older people. Money to help people pay for food, heating, warm clothing and shelter during the colder months will include £5.9m to boost digital inclusion for older people, tackling social isolation and loneliness and promoting equality. The measures will be delivered through the existing Connecting Scotland programme which aims to get 50,000 people online by next year.

FALKIRK SCHOOLS TO GET ENHANCED WIRELESS NETWORK CONNECTIVITY Fifty-eight schools across the Falkirk area will benefit from enhanced connectivity after the local council signed a deal with Virgin Media Business to boost digital learning. The multi-year deal with the telecoms giant will deliver wireless networks to all council schools in the catchment, providing the additional bandwidth needed to support its digital learning and teaching project, Connected Falkirk.

Tech body boss to take up enterprise agency post

Te boss of Scotland’s tech trade body is to step down from the post to join the newly formed economic development agency for the south of Scotland. Jane Morrison-Ross, chief execu- tive of ScotlandIS, will move to the South of Scotland Enterprise – which covers Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders – in February. Morrison-Ross, who was appointed in July 2019 as the successor to Polly Purvis at the member- ship and cluster manage- ment organisation for the digital technologies industry in Scotland, will become the first permanent chief execu- tive of the new economic and community develop- ment agency. l

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