Improving the digital presence

Bristol City Council

Ixis secured the drupal support and maintenance contract with Bristol City Council to help improve their digital presence.

We supported Bristol City Council to undertake a review of deployment processes which have been significantly supported by using open source products. Ixis developed a series of automated tests which now enable reliable, fast paced deployments of a range of code from their local pool of developers.

Bristol City Council Service Director, Paul Arrigoni said: “The digital world in government is undergoing massive change enabling, and requiring, the public sector to fully utilise the skills of talented SME’s across the UK. Bristol City Council has a particular commitment to exploiting Open Source technologies and is increasingly working with SMEs.

“When we were looking for a supplier to carry out the work, Ixis really stood out to us because of their passion and expertise in the open source technology Drupal.  At the council we have a particular commitment to exploit open source technology because it saves on licensing costs and provides fast developing products that give future flexibility. As a council, we must also be accountable for our spending and the G-Cloud gave us the opportunity to find the right supplier at the right cost.”

It’s fantastic to see that the Government is embracing open source technology and the digital opportunities that Drupal provides to the public sector. Drupal works particularly well for local government because it is flexible and extensible, allowing you to quickly create, update and manage a website or web application.

One of the core benefits of Drupal is that it is portable, so you are not locked in to any one provider and can switch suppliers easily or have multiple providers working on your site simultaneously. Many public sector and local council projects are perfect for Drupal as existing third party systems and software can easily be integrated into existing processes.

The G-Cloud has opened the door to a wealth of new public sector contracts for us and has given us an opportunity as an SME to provide vital support to government organisations as they improve their digital services.

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