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In brief …. 3 December 2015



University of Wolverhampton to get Logicalis digital platform

The University of Wolverhampton has awarded a £1.3m contract to IT solutions and managed services provider Logicalis UK, for a software-defined compute, storage and virtualisation infrastructure to underpin its Digital Platforms Project.

The platform – architected using HP Enterprise and VMware technologies – will provide a foundation project of the university’s digital transformation of services, resources and information to students and staff. It will also contribute significantly to the university’s five-year £250 million investment strategy.

Dean Harris, assistant director ICT infrastructure at the university, said: “Logicalis’ platform gives us the opportunity to behave like an internal service provider, to build a portfolio of services tailored to the diverse needs of the university community, quickly and without adding operational complexity on the IT team. Being able to offer service choice but still maintain control is exciting. It’s a chance for IT to make a difference, to enable the university’s vision.”


Minister highlights open data for farming

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss (pictured) has emphasised the potential to use open data in supporting agriculture, saying it could help to meet the food needs of the growing global population.

Speaking at an Open Data Institute (ODI) Futures event on agriculture, she encouraged farmers and the food industry to make use of open data, saying it could help to pinpoint crops, identify problems in advance and increase food production.

Jeni Tennison, technical director at the ODI, said: “How we can use data to improve agriculture and nutrition is one of our main areas of focus at the Open Data Institute. With a rapidly growing global population, it is essential that farmers, suppliers and consumers have the data they need to make informed choices.”


Oxfordshire commissioning group steps up patient feedback

Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) has expanded its use of Datix patient safety software to drive the organisation’s GP Feedback Programme.

OCCG uses Datix to capture feedback from 600 GPs at 78 practices, identify trends and help deliver appropriate, safe and high quality healthcare to 710,000 residents living in the county.

The group reported that it has increased response times and reporter rates, typically receiving between 50-60 pieces of feedback per week.



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