Sword welcome Kate Forbes MSP, Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy to their Aberdeen HQ

On Tuesday the 20th of August, Sword welcomed the Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy to their Aberdeen HQ to discuss how the Scottish Business Pledge initiative is helping to boost  productivity, engagement and company growth.

The minister sat down with the Sword team to find out how the Scottish Business Pledge initiative was positively impacting the working environment and supporting employee development within the business.

Kevin Moreton, Sword COO said  We are delighted to have had the opportunity to sit down with the minister to discuss the positive impact that Scottish Business Pledge initiative has had on our business as whole.  Since committing to the business pledges, we have seen an increase in workforce engagement levels, a boost in productivity along with company growth within the market.”

Debi Brockett, Sword Account Executive added Signing up to the Scottish Business Pledge initiative was important to us, we wanted to demonstrate our business alignment with the wider Scottish Public Sector community, as we share the same values and are truly committed to improving the delivery of Public Services through Technology enablement

Last year, Sword joined the 500+ Scottish business in committing to a number of the Scottish Business Pledges as part of the value-led partnership between Scottish Government and Business in Scotland.

The pledges set out to build stronger businesses in Scotland and incorporates a shared ambition of boosting productivity, competitiveness, sustainable employment, and workforce engagement and development.

The pledge is built on the following key aims:

There are 9 pledges in total, covering the following:

  1. Adhering to the real living wage
  2. Avoiding the use of zero hour contracts
  3. Encouraging positive workforce engagement
  4. Providing flexible working and a balanced workforce
  5. Investing in young people through apprenticeship/internship programmes
  6. Innovation through the creativity and exploitation of new ideas
  7. Exploring opportunities through Internationalisation
  8. Giving back to the local community
  9. Efficient and prompt payment of invoices/bills

Sword is fully committed to actively encouraging workforce engagement through the implementation of employee engagement programmes along with providing a Health and Wellness scheme for staff.  Sword support a balanced workforce by offering flexible working and are a Microsoft accredited Diversity and Inclusion Partner.

Sword adhere to the real living wage and avoid the use of zero hour contracts. Sword also provide prompt paymentof invoice/bills to all of their suppliers and partners.

Sword has a strong focus on investing in young people and the community through engagement with local universities and participate in graduate programmes along with giving back to the local community through regular, planned activities.

Sword operate internationally and deliver services from its UK bases to Europe and the Middle East which supports Scottish Energy sector customers.

For further information about the Scottish Business Pledge, please use the link below:

Sword deliver Digital Transformation, Information Management and IT Support services to the Energy, Public and Commercial sectors throughout the UK.   

For more information, contact our Marketing Team on +44(0)131 300 0567 (ext 567)

In Scotland, there are over 20,000 primary care contractors including GPs, Dentists, Opticians and Pharmacists who support patient care and deliver vital services across the country.

Hundreds of end users throughout the organisation require access to record, manage and share vital primary care contractor information using multiple, local and national IT systems which have become outdated, inefficient and inconsistent.

In order to resolve the issues that lie within the complex and costly multi - system approach, the National Primary Care Clinician Database IT programme was brought into place.  The NPCCD programme manages the national GP Performers List for Scotland and works in line with the new legislation set out by the Scottish Government. The new programme has been designed around the current end user requirements, with the option for system expansion to help meet future demands.

The NHS NSS programme team set out to source external support for the design, implementation and delivery of the new IT system. They required a responsive, flexible partner who was willing to “go the extra mile” to ensure delivery was completed within a very tight schedule.

Sword were selected as a delivery partner to help structure and implement the new, centralised system due to their in- depth level of expertise and experience in the design and deployment of specialised business technology systems.

Based on the underlying business requirements highlighted by NHS NSS, Sword worked closely with the programme team to develop a strategic plan to ensure that the design of the new IT system would be upgradable, scalable, future proof, compliant, user friendly and efficient.

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Phusion IM has established a significant partnership with Sword, to deliver services that will empower organisations in the energy and engineering sectors to better use engineering data to drive safety and efficiencies.

The collaboration disrupts traditional thinking by placing data at the core of its approach, instead of relying on documents. Moving large volumes of documents around during engineering activities is not easy and often not done well. Key information is vital to enable people to do their jobs effectively and efficiently, which is supported by Sword and Phusion’s focus on managing data.

This provides more efficient and safe project operations, which ultimately support cost control and savings. Many organisations have aspired to working in smarter ways, but have been frustrated by high software costs, long implementation times and poor control of the data management services to keep it all up to date.

This is achieved by the utilisation of a single data model to structure and store critical information, which can then be connected to a variety of clients’ systems.

Sword and Phusion’s practical approach works by using a cloud-based Master Data Model. This is deployed very rapidly and at a very competitive rate. The model is technology agnostic, so organisations aren’t ‘locked in’ and is future-proofed to operate with evolving technology platforms.

This ‘plug-and-play’ approach gives maximum freedom of choice to customers. The model meets industry regulations and standards include Capital Facilities Information Handover Specification (CFIHOS) and ISO15926.

The approach can be applied to both new and brownfield assets and helps ensure that information management isn’t among the activities compromised by the major cost and time pressures on projects.

In addition, it overcomes the belief that information management doesn’t provide any tangible business benefits. Significantly, the concept enables projects to become more compliant with multiple users, operating in different domestic and international locations feeding and accessing the same information in real-time.

In an era of lower oil prices and sustainability, energy and engineering-led companies have to explore new ways of driving efficiencies and optimising engineering and supply chain customer experience. This approach to information management delivers this ‘as a service’, utilising the latest cloud technology and trusted teams with expert knowledge.

Phusion IM, which has offices in the UK and Australia, provides its suite of engineering information software, app-based mobile solutions and consultancy services to support its customers with systems implementation and optimisation, compatibility with legacy systems, strategic consultancy, IM handover, materials management, engineering information management and compliance.

Phusion has over 25 years of experience in delivering IM to some of the world’s largest organisations, including, Chevron’s Gorgon and Inpex’s Ichthys projects, which were two of the largest energy projects.

Sword has UK offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, with extensive expertise in the field of Information Management (IM), including Engineering IM Services.

It applies its specialist knowledge of oil & gas and engineering IM with support for full-asset lifecycle, from front-end engineering & design, major capital projects, handover, operations & maintenance, and decommissioning.

Steve Pearson, Chairman of Phusion IM, said: “The strong synergies between Phusion and Sword creates a dynamic partnership that can deliver highly-effective Information Management solutions to the oil & gas and engineering sectors. Both companies have extensive track-records in the energy sector across all tiers of the supply chain and bringing the expertise together offers significant benefits to projects, delivering cost savings through improved efficiencies and operational productivity.”

Neale Stidolph, Head of Information Management at Sword, said: “Our customers are seeing the benefits of this combined expertise, reducing their operations & maintenance costs, helping with project handovers, improving safety factors and supporting asset integrity. It’s been great to link Phusion’s expertise and software with Sword’s proven IM services.”

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In recent years, the UK oil and gas industry has undergone some major changes.  As fields mature and margins reduce for the big producers, smaller independent companies have been stepping in to operate assets more efficiently and extend the life of fields in line with the government’s strategy to maximise economic recovery.  One such company, Serica Energy, took the decision to purchase BP’s shares of the Bruce, Keith and Rhum fields.

Serica has ambitious growth plans and saw the purchase of the “BKR” assets as an opportunity to establish itself as a major North Sea operator.  The deal they agreed with BP allowed Serica to take over the assets after satisfying all the necessary legal and regulatory controls. When the agreement was finalised in late 2017, Serica focused on the challenge of building an operational capability in less than 12 months.

Serica prioritised it’s people, processes and systems as the key ingredients for success, and recognised that strong IT expertise would be fundamental to support their transitional journey.

Serica selected Sword (industry leaders in IT and IM) as their partner of choice to design, implement and deliver their brand new IT and IM infrastructure.    Sword were able to offer in depth level of knowledge and expertise based on their extensive experience working on similar projects within the industry along with a wide range of resources to complete this complex business transition on time and on budget.

Andrew James, Sword project manager said:

Becoming a North Sea production operator was an important step for Serica, and at the beginning we had a fairly blank canvas in terms of IT landscape.  To build all the required systems and services in the time available, we recognised that we needed to minimise change and maintain continuity in some areas, while looking for opportunities to simplify and improve where feasible.  The first priority was to assess how BP operated the assets by conducting discovery work, speaking to people in key teams to get an understanding of the IT systems used.  This gave us a good view of what had to be migrated or replicated and what should be replaced or right-sized for Serica.  We could then plan and sequence the necessary work, developing a project schedule to complete everything within the prescribed timeframe.  The collaborative approach between BP, Serica, Serica’s transition partner and Sword was imperative to the success of the project.”

The project took 8 months to complete with both Serica and Sword working together to execute well planned cutover activities resulting in a seamless and successful transition.

Mitch Flegg, Serica’s Chief Executive Officer added:

“We chose Sword based on their experience in the energy industry and their track record with North Sea asset transfers, and it proved to be a good choice.  We are delighted with the results they have achieved in this transition and we look forward to continuing our partnership”

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Sword provide Digital Transformation, Information Management and IT Support services to the Energy, Public and Commercial sectors throughout the UK.   For more information, contact our marketing team – michelle.king@sword-group or call 0131 500 0567.

Sword UK have joined hundreds of other Scottish organisations in committing to the Scottish Business Pledge, a value-led partnership between Government and Business in Scotland.

The pledge sets out to build stronger businesses in Scotland and incorporates a shared ambition of boosting productivity, competitiveness, sustainable employment, and workforce engagement and development.

The pledge is built on the following key aims:

There are 9 pledges in total, covering the following:

  1. Adhering to the real living wage
  2. Avoiding the use of zero hour contracts
  3. Encouraging positive workforce engagement
  4. Providing flexible working and a balanced workforce
  5. Investing in young people through apprenticeship/internship programmes
  6. Innovation through the creativity and exploitation of new ideas
  7. Exploring opportunities through Internationalisation
  8. Giving back to the local community
  9. Efficient and prompt payment of invoices/bills

Sword UK are fully committed to supporting equality and diversity in the workplace along with actively encouraging workforce engagement, supporting a balanced workforce through flexible working, adhering to the real living wage, avoiding the use of zero hour contracts along with giving back to the local community through planned activities.

Debi Brocket, Sword UK account executive for Public Sector said  “Our people are key to delivering successful business outcomes for our customer base in Scotland, therefore signing the Scottish Business Pledge reinforces our commitment to provision a supportive, inclusive and innovative workplace”

Catherine Froud Williams, HR Director added “The Scottish Business Pledge gives us the opportunity to learn and collaborate with other innovative, forward thinking Scottish Businesses. The initiative supports our underlying business values to successfully engage, respond and deliver at our highest potential for our employees, customers and the community”

For further information about the Scottish Business Pledge, please use the link below:

https://scottishbusinesspledge.scot/

Sword UK are one of only six global businesses to be recognised as a Microsoft Charter Partner for Content Services in 2019.

Microsoft launched their new partner programme at the company’s Inspire conference back in July and invited select partners from across the globe to apply and meet the high level of criteria set in order to be accredited the Charter Partner status.

Sword UK were selected to apply and exceeded all required criteria for the content services area of the programme based on their work supporting customers including Aberdeenshire Council and Stirling Council through the Sword Digital Enablement programme, helping them to understand the true organisational value of utilising integrated solutions including Microsoft Office 365 and SharePoint technologies.

Sword UK recently travelled to the Microsoft HQ in Seattle to receive their accreditation and attend the kick off summit for the global programme.

Greg Anderson, Business Unit Director for Sword said “Sword UK are extremely proud to be recognised by Microsoft as having the capability and experience to support our joint customers on their journey towards digitally transforming their organisations, particularly in the area of Content Services which play a critical role for our customers

Sword UK have a predominant focus on content services when supporting organisations through their digital enablement journey.

Greg Anderson, Business Unit Director for Sword addedContent is the most critical digital asset for every organization, embodying its knowledge and processes. How content is created, managed, and shared—and how users collaborate with that content—has gone through a drastic evolution from traditional enterprise content management (ECM) to dynamic content services”

Aberdeenshire Council successfully rolled out their own digital transformation strategy and programme recently which Sword UK played a key role in supporting the content services area of this project.

Nicola Graham, Head of ICT at Aberdeenshire Council said Sword have been critical in our journey towards Digital Transformation and supporting our organisational goals to become a modern and efficient organisation.  They supported Aberdeenshire Council in a move away from historical legacy platforms onto a modern Microsoft environment.  Key to our digital strategy is providing our staff with modern tools to allow them to work efficiently, communicate easily and collaborate effectively.  The support and expertise provided by Sword allowed us to do that.  A key element of our joint work was to leave the internal team with the necessary skills to develop our Microsoft environment to meet the on-going needs of the organisation.  Their support at the start of our journey was a key to where we are now, with Microsoft technologies being key to the success of our Council "digitally transforming their organisations, particularly in the area of Content Services which play a critical role for our customers

As part of the Content Services programme, Sword UK will have access to collateral and resources that will be invaluable to their customers as they move forward on their journey towards Digital Enablement.

The Content Services Partner Programme will also help Sword UK to build on the strong relationships they have established with the Microsoft Product Teams and help customers maximise knowledge and reduce risk in migration projects to genuinely enable transformational outcomes.

For further information about the Microsoft programme, please use the link below:

https://resources.techcommunity.microsoft.com/microsoft-content-services-partner-program/

 

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Scottish Procurement has granted Sword IT Solutions inclusion in the Digital Services Dynamic Purchasing System for Lot 1: Digital Projects, and Lot 2: Digital Resources. The Dynamic Purchasing System went live last week and will be key to the procurement of services to support Scotland’s Public Sector Digital Strategy which “sets out our plans for ensuring that we put digital at the heart of everything we do”.

The key beneficiaries of these digital services are:

Craig Swinburn, commercial director of Sword IT Solutions said “We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue providing digital projects and resources to the Scottish Public Services marketplace. This procurement system will offer buyers an easier route to procuring the digital services their organisations need. Our local staff and offices are well positioned to support the Digital Strategy and our recent acquisitions have expanded our capability”

Sword IT Solutions provides Digital Transformation, Information Management and IT Support services to the Energy, Public and Commercial sectors throughout the UK, employing over 200 people across its 3 primary locations in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London.   For more information, contact Craig Swinburn on +44(0)1224 506116.

Further details of the Digital Procurement System can be found here:

http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Government/Procurement/directory/itms/DynamicPurchasingSystem

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We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Venture Information Management, Information Management experts operating out of Staines-Upon-Thames, Surrey.

Venture Information Management has an excellent reputation in the marketplace and focusing exclusively on the oil and gas industry, they provide expert data and information management advisory, project, support and learning consulting services, helping their customers reduce costs and increase efficiency through effective data management.

This acquisition will further enhance the joint capabilities of both organisations allowing our combined customers to better manage and leverage the value of their information.

Dave Bruce CEO of Sword IT Solutions said “I’m delighted to welcome the Venture team to the group. This deal reflects our commitment to the Energy Industry and allows us to deliver a more complete Information Management solution to our customers. 

We targeted Venture because they are recognized as the market leaders in this area. They show clear synergies in their customer management and offer complementary solutions that will enhance our existing service.  We recognize the skills and expertise the Venture team bring to our company and are genuinely excited about what the future now holds for the combined business.

We believe that as part of Sword we can accelerate Ventures’ UK and international growth plans while adding valuable domain expertise to the Group.”

Neil Turner MD of Venture Information Management said “I am excited by the opportunity that this acquisition presents to our customers and employees. We are delighted to be combining our team of exceptional people with a complementary team of experts at Sword IT Solutions.  This will allow us to significantly enhance the world class services that we deliver to our customers and accelerate our innovative approach helping our customers to unlock competitive advantage.”

Dave Bruce added “From a strategic standpoint, we aim to double the size of our business by 2020 and we are sure this will prove to be another significant step on that journey, adding to the Minttulip acquisition concluded last month.”

Sword IT Solutions provides Digital Transformation, Information Management and IT Support services to the Energy, Public and Commercial sectors throughout the UK, employing over 220 people across its 3 primary locations in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London.   For more information, contact Craig Swinburn on +44(0)1224 506116.

We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Minttulip, a Microsoft Gold Partner operating out of Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

Minttulip has an excellent reputation in the marketplace, they are a market leader in the deployment and adoption of the Microsoft Modern Workplace technology stack. This acquisition will further enhance the joint capabilities of both organisations with the objective of delivering products and services that allow their respective customers to leverage the value of the associated Microsoft technologies

Dave Bruce CEO of Sword IT Solutions said “I’m delighted to welcome the Minttulip team to the group. This deal reflects our growth strategy of delivering sustainable organic growth augmented by complimentary acquisitions.

“We recognize the skills and expertise the Minttulip Team bring to our company and are genuinely excited about what the future now holds for the combined business.

“This acquisition sees the coming together of two teams with a clear focus on helping businesses unlock their competitive advantage via deployment of Microsoft technologies to enable the modern digital workplace.  Minttulip bring a team of great people who are highly skilled in a range of complementary technologies to those that exist within Sword IT Solutions today.  We will build on their excellent relationship with Microsoft and bring our joint offering to both established Sword clients and to the diverse range of Minttulip customers.”

Sword IT Solutions provides Digital Transformation, Information Management and IT Support services to the Energy, Public and Commercial sectors throughout the UK, employing over 200 people across its 3 primary locations in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London.   For more information, contact Craig Swinburn on +44(0)1224 506116.

Sword IT Solutions has been awarded a 3 year contract for the provision of Engineering Information Management Services by Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited.

Aberdeen, U.K. – September 2017.  Sword IT Solutions has been awarded a Contract for the continued provision of Engineering Information Management Services to Maersk Oil North Sea UK Limited following a tender process.  The Contract represents an extension of the current service and incorporates the Culzean project into the scope of work.

Under the Contract, Sword will provide core operational and capital project document control services and engineering information management services for all Maersk Oil’s North Sea assets.

Dave Bruce, CEO Sword IT Solutions recognised the importance of the announcement, “This award is an endorsement of our information and data management capability with in Oil and Gas.  We continually focus on developing and enhancing our solutions to satisfy our clients changing requirements and the inclusion of the Culzean project is testament to this.  The contract award is reward for the hard work and effort of our team within Maersk Oil UK and across all of our IM clients.”

Sword IT Solutions provides Information Management, Digital Transformation and IT Support services to the Energy, Public and Commercial sectors throughout the UK, employing over 200 people across its 3 primary locations in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London.   For more information, contact Neale Stidolph on +44(0)1224 506140

Join Sword and Cadac Group, the experts in SharePoint based document collaboration solutions, for a webinar demonstration of the exciting new SharePoint add-in TaskForce. TaskForce allows you to share and collaborate with internal as well as external project members in a controlled manner.

Our parent company, Sword Group, has published its Q1 2017 results which show organic growth of 15.6% against forecast growth for the period of 10.9%.

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