Scotland Leads The Way In Delivering Technology Solutions For Mobile Working In The Public Sector
Edinburgh – November 13, 2014 – Mobile Scotland 2014, hosted by TotalMobile, spotlights how Scotland is leading the field in mobile working strategies, designed to enhance public sector service delivery throughout the country within local government, social care and health care.
Scotland has rapidly adopted mobile working in the public sector, driven by the desire to enhance services, reduce administration and travel time and provide better communication to towns and cities, as well as to the more sparsely populated highlands. However, these have tended to be ad hoc and within individual service areas. Even so, these implementations have enabled Scottish councils to make major cost savings. Aberdeen City Council, for example, has saved a staggering £1.5 million annually by introducing mobile working in just one department. At the same time it has increased productivity, improved asset management, customer service and employer profile.
According to the ‘Reducing the Demand for Travel: Mobile & Flexible Working Programmes’ report published by the Scottish Government in 2013 – around 24% of Aberdeen’s Council staff will work in a remote/flexible manner by 2016.
To realise the full benefits that mobile IT can bring, it is important to take an enterprise-wide approach. Fife Council, the third largest local authority in the country, is doing exactly this and is four years into a five year programme to increase efficiency and improve service delivery to 366,000 citizens, setting itself am ambitious target of realising efficiencies of £20 million within the timeframe. The Council is very much on track to do this by adopting a mobile and flexible work programme.
Fife Council has a dedicated team in place to set-up, deliver, manage and promote their ongoing mobile working initiative. Charlie Anderson head of ICT at Fife Council and a committee member of the Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) will provide insight at Mobile Scotland 2014 on what should be considered to create a successful mobile strategy. Dumfries and Galloway Council will also be presenting on their experiences in implementing a mobile workforce.
“The public sector in Scotland has also been under huge financial pressure to deliver new ways of working to cut expenditure whilst delivering improved services to citizens,” commented Colin Reid, CEO TotaMobile. “Scotland is increasingly at the forefront of deploying mobile technology to achieve these goals and Mobile Scotland is flying the flag and showing the rest of the UK how it is being achieved. But there is still progress to be achieved and benefits to be made, particularly within the health and social care spaces and this event will show how this can be realised”.
Graham Softly, responsible for the IT function at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Sarah Royles, Services Development Manager at Nottinghamshire County Council will also be presenting at Mobile Scotland 2014 on how they have mobilised their health and social care teams respectively to reap the benefits of mobile working.
Mobile Scotland 2014 will take place in Dynamic Earth Edinburgh, Thursday November 13th.
The majority of Scotland’s twenty-nine mainland councils will be represented at the event, along with a number of Health Boards. For further details on TotalMobile Scotland go to: http://mobilescotland.com/
TotalMobile is a 29-year-old software provider which specialises in innovative mobile-working solutions for public and private sector field workers. Its solutions are especially popular in health, social care and local government, being ideally suited to frontline workers who spend much of their time completing tasks in the community. The fast-growing company has over 25,000 users around the world, with customers spanning the UK, Ireland, Europe and North America.
Crucially, TotalMobile mobile-working solutions are designed from the user’s perspective, and shield frontline workers from technology complexity. The software, now in its 5th generation, supports all major platforms including iOS, Android and Windows and works offline, so workers remain productive without a connection.
TotalMobile has a strong network of partners including Vodafone, Fujitsu, Civica, Capita and Serco, giving customers access to a complete, end-to-end enterprise-class mobile-working solution. More atwww.totalmobile.co.uk