Connecting Public Services Event: The Scottish Wide Area Network
When: Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th November
Where: Birmingham Hilton Metropole
Connecting Public Services: Scottish Wide Area Network will explore what SWAN means for your organisation and how the benefits can be realised.
What to Expect:
The Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN – a ‘network of networks’ for the Scottish public sector) may deliver the vital reform of the public sector envisaged by Campbell Christie and John McClelland, and may revolutionise information sharing and collaboration across the public sector in Scotland. Connecting Public Services: Scottish Wide Area Network will explore what SWAN means for your organisation and how the benefits can be realised.
Drawing from the success of England’s PSN and Wales’ PSBA, in March 2011 the Scottish Government announced its ‘Scotland’s Digital Future’ strategy including plans for SWAN – a single holistic infrastructure for the public sector that will replace the fragmented and inefficient approach to public sector networks. The SWAN is intended to:
- Be a high-availability secure and resilient network for the public sector
- Underpin secure and efficient information sharing between related public service sectors such as health / social care, police / justice, and many more
- Increase opportunities to share buildings and reduce estate costs
- Improve data access and sharing for project teams and citizen participation in service delivery.
- Enable genuine ICT enabled shared services such as cloud computing, as well as enable a location independent workforce – saving costs and increasing productivity
- Removing duplication in existing ICT provision, and streamlining how ICT is specified, procured and operated
Realising these objectives is a formidable challenge, requiring the successful coordination and engagement of multiple stakeholders
Join the debate at Connecting Public Services: Scottish Wide Area Network and find out what opportunities and challenges SWAN represents for you, your department, organisation and potential partners across Scotland.