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Scottish Natural Heritage logs onto Capita’s Swan

Scottish Natural Heritage has joined the Scottish Wide Area Network, the national public services network being delivered by Capita IT Enterprise Services

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the public sector body tasked with advising on all aspects of nature and landscape in Scotland, and promoting public enjoyment of it, has become the latest Scottish government organisation to sign up to use the Scottish Wide Area Network (Swan).

Managed and maintained by Capita IT Enterprise Services under a single framework contract, Swan has already connected 3,200 sites and 3,500 circuits across the Scottish public sector, as well as opening a dedicated network and operations centre. Swan is Public Services Network-accredited, and has achieved ISO27001 compliance.

Capita said SNH, which employs nearly 700 people across 38 sites, would benefit from infrastructure and service sharing, which is already bringing down network infrastructure costs and improving connectivity across the public sector in Scotland.

SNH director of corporate services Joe Moore said: “Today’s announcement will help to ensure we have access to cheaper and more reliable networking services. 

“This will streamline costs to ensure we carry out our work as effectively as possible. Swan also means more efficient working with colleagues in the public sector, and will help foster and build on partnerships.”

Capita IT Enterprise Services executive director Peter Hands added: “The addition of SNH to the Scottish Wide Area Network is a demonstration that Swan is a crucial part of Scotland’s national IT infrastructure.

“For SNH, the benefits of Swan’s economies of scale means staff will have access to faster, better networking at a reduced cost.”

Initially led by NHS National Services Scotland, the launch of the £325m Swan framework was held up after it became the subject of a court battle in 2014.

BT, disgruntled at not being awarded the six-year contract, sought damages of £20m saying that its bid had presented better value to the public purse. The warring parties settled their differences in November 2014, coming to an out-of-court agreement, the terms of which were not specified.

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