NI healthcare trust invests stg£350k in major IT overhaul

26 Jan 2012

Northern Ireland-based South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust (SET) has completed a major stg£350,000 IT transformation that involves over 5,000 staff.

The transformation was implemented in four months across 100 locations by BT working with its partner I.T. Alliance Group. It included a large scale domain migration and consolidation to a new Active Directory infrastructure.

“Desktop computer transformation and optimisation on this scale across 100 locations is always a major challenge but particularly so in this most critical of environments – the delivery of healthcare,” explained Stephen Stewart, Director of IT, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust.

“SET was the result of two separate organisations and so we had to bring two different IT infrastructures together seamlessly,” commented Eleanor Graham, Senior Project Manager, I.T. Alliance Group.

“The goal was to ensure increased business agility, better sharing of information and security and this was achieved against a tight deadline,” added Niall Powderly, head of Products and Training, BT.

Capital expenditure was minimised through the recycling and redeployment of over 1,500 existing desktop PCs.

Stephen Stewart of SET added that the benefits included reduced total cost of ownership (including potential to reduce licensing costs); increased user productivity and satisfaction; reduced security risks; improved compliance; eliminating migration headaches in the future and improved IT service management of vital resources.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years