Open source software is central to the UK government’s commitment to delivering digital public services
The flexibility, quality, efficiency, stability, security and performance of open source creates fantastic opportunities for public sector organisations to develop better user services for citizens and to achieve cost savings.
So, what is Open Source?
Open source refers to a program or software in which the source code is available to the general public from its original design free of charge. Drupal is a leading open-source CMS with a flexible and capable migration process onto its platform.
An open source product such as Drupal means your budget will be spent on functionality and features rather than recurring licensing costs. With a community of more than 1,000,000 passionate developers, designers, trainers, strategists, coordinators, editors, and sponsors working together and a module directory of over 15,000 modules, there are thousands of eyes on the code, keeping it secure and up to date.
You don't need to be a technology expert
Read our illustrated 'Simple Guide to Drupal Open Source', for more information on the benefits of Open Source and the Drupal content management system for public sector organisations. It's available in a handy PDF download format as well as in print at conferences we attend.
Ixis is a technical agency specialising in Drupal development, hosting and support. Public sector organisations including Bristol City Council, Westminster City Council, Haringey Council, Thurrock Council, the Care Quality Commission, Bracknell Forest Council and The British Council trust in our ability to provide specialist technical expertise, agile development, consultancy and secure hosting platforms.
Our passion for Drupal and our G-Cloud accreditation are driving our work in the public sector as more and more local authorities, government departments, and non Departmental government bodies look to transform their digital services and realise the cost savings to be made by embracing the open market.
G-Cloud is a UK Government initiative to encourage the adoption of Cloud Services across the whole of the Public Sector. Ixis was one of the first companies to be selected as a G-cloud supplier, and one of only three Drupal companies to join in the first round.
The transparency of G-Cloud, for example the publication of financial transactions and open pricing structure, fits well with our core values and the ethos of the open source community in general. Public sector procurement has come a long way since the introduction of the framework and we are proud to have been a part of this transformation.
How To Buy
Whilst working with the Care Quality Commission we put together a two-part series providing top tips from a buyers perspective.
We have a range of case studies and procurement examples that we are happy to share, please contact us for details on these. You can view a summary of our Drupal work with the British Council, Care Quality Commission and Haringey Council.
To find out more about open source and the benefits of Drupal or how to procure Ixis services via the G-Cloud framework, please get in touch.
We explored some of the common misconceptions around open source in a series of posts from the Ixis team.