PDMS have recently appointed a consultant to help expand our business in Scotland.

There are a number of interesting new initiatives happening in relation to public sector IT in Scotland, including the SWAN (Scottish Wide Area Network) programme. 

SWAN aims to deliver a single, holistic public services network to enable infrastructure and service sharing. PDMS recently attended an informative conference in Edinburgh to find out more about the SWAN programme and how we could get involved.

The G-Cloud framework which allows public sector organisations to purchase cloud-based software and services, quickly and easily, is also available to Scottish based institutions.  We appreciate that the G-Cloud framework is a whole new approach to purchasing technology services and solutions and we are setting up a number of meetings to help inform people about the many benefits of purchasing software through the CloudStore (now known as the Digital Marketplace effective October 2014).

With an interest in the criminal justice sector, we are also closely following developments in relation to the new single Scottish police force (Police Scotland will come into force in April 2013). As a technology partner to PNLD (Police National Legal Database) we have developed a Scottish version of the popular Ask the Police portal.  www.askthe.scottish.police.uk provides answers to hundreds of frequently asked questions, helping to reduce the number of non-emergency calls to the police.

If you are based in Scotland, we would welcome the opportunity to find out more about the issues your business is facing and how we could help. To arrange a meeting with Dave Stickland, our representative in Scotland, please contact us.