Sussex Health Informatics Service – the IT services provider for the NHS in Sussex - is implementing Novell's ZENworks resource management system to 11 NHS trusts across the county.
The technology will give the NHS trusts a unified view of their IT resources and can be used to deliver asset management, remote desktop control and application deployment services.
The Novell software is being rolled out initially to 6,000 users in East Sussex as a pilot project, with plans to extend it to 25,000 users across the county.
The implementation will take place under the terms of a contract signed by NHS Connecting for Health with Novell in October 2005, which covers the cost of licences and training to use the ZENworks suite for all NHS organisations.
Steve Orman, head of IT at Sussex Health Informatics Service, said: “We manage and support a very mixed IT infrastructure spanning 11 trusts throughout the region in disparate locations. We needed a robust resource management solution that was capable of working over low bandwidth connections.”
The ZENworks suite offered an upgrade path to use other modules of ZENworks further down the line, he added.
The software will enable Sussex Health Informatics Service to run asset reports centrally and support remote desktop control, helping the county’s 11 NHS trusts to reduce their helpdesk costs, manage the mixed environment and automatically deploy operating systems, configurations, and software on thousands of desktops and laptops.