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In brief .... 17 December 2015



Devon goes to SCC for print deal

Devon County Council has made SCC its preferred supplier of managed print services. The company was successful in bidding for two lots tendered by the council: to provide and maintain 550 devices, and to become preferred supplier to the local authority, education, healthcare and emergency medical services in the county.

Services will be delivered through M2, the print service provider acquired by SCC last year. Its chief executive officer, John Taylor (pictured), said: “Organisations are realising the value of managed print in driving down cost, waste and risk. In the case of Devon County Council, SCC had to solve the main challenges around managing a multi-vendor fleet of multi-function devices and printers, requiring pedigree, local and national capability, and a strong overall managed print service business.”

SCC has also announced the creation of a new dedicated public sector division for manage print services. It said it will offer the capability to service multiple fleets and a broad IT ‘one stop shop’.

Taylor said: “As print and IT converge, we now represent a real competitive edge to organisations as part of SCC’s broader managed services portfolio.”


Clackmannanshire does SaaS deal with TechnologyOne

Clackmannanshire Council has signed up to use TechnologyOne’s software as a service to eliminate its paper based processes and streamline supplier transactions.

The company will take over running the system for the council’s finance team using its OneCouncil software. It said this enables integration with other council systems, removes the need for daily reconciliations and increases the team’s ability to collate data from multiple sources.

John Munro, ICT manager at Clackmannanshire, said: “To truly change the way we work at Clackmannanshire Council, we don’t want bespoke system with endless customisations to fit our quirks. I wanted our team to re-design the way we function to fit a proven system, such as OneCouncil. With a go-live deadline of April 2016, we’re at the scoping and change management workshop stage with TechnologyOne currently, and so far, it’s working fantastically.


Adactus Housing plans self-service portal

Adactus Housing Group is planning to provide a self-service facility for its tenants based on the 360 Tenant Portal from 1st Touch. All activity will be recorded in the Aareon Housing Management System used by the group.

Initially it will offer two new services: appointment booking to view a property, and booking repairs. The latter will be done by specifying particular trades such as plumbers or electricians. Tenants will also be able to receive alerts, review rent account balances, view statement, track repairs and review repairs history.


Southampton hospital gets OnBase

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is to implement the OnBase enterprise content management system with backing from NHS England’s Integrated Digital Care Technology Fund. It will provide information sharing for the hospital’s clinicians, along with those from Solent NHS Trust and Southern Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

This is the final element of the trust’s electronic patient record strategy, which is set to provide immediate access to health records. A programme of scanning any remaining patient care paper documents is scheduled to be completed before the closure of Southampton’s health records library in 2017.


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