The Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) is one of the most significant single public sector ICT initiatives ever undertaken in Scotland. The programme was set up to establish a single shared network and common ICT infrastructure across Scotland’s entire public sector.
Since 2014, approximately 6,000 sites have been connected, including schools, hospitals, GP surgeries, pharmacists and local council offices. SWAN is bringing reduced costs, improved service and the ability to share data across organisations, fostering co-operative working.
Key member organisations of SWAN include central Government departments, including the Scottish Government, Scottish Qualifications Authority, Historic Scotland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, all 22 boards across NHS Scotland as well as 50 per cent of Scottish local authorities.
Currently, organisations are able to join SWAN as individual ‘full members’ or alternatively, work with a current member to join via a ‘Hub’ arrangement. The deadline to join as a full member is fast approaching, with individual organisations requiring to sign-up by the end of March 2020 to take advantage of this membership option. Following this date, organisations will only be able to join via a ‘Hub’ arrangement.
This blog explores the top 5 benefits of full membership and encourages interested organisations to get in touch before the March 2020 deadline.