10th September, 2010
Earlier in the year, Bristol City Council invited a wide range of people from the local digital community to come along to an event to discuss our web presence. At the time, we were part way through a procurement exercise to buy a new web platform - an all in one package with the necessary support to build our site on it, and integrate it all with our mass of back office systems.
We got a great turnout, and really positive engagement both on the day, and through follow-up activity online (see here). A few months on, we'd like to invite you along to a follow up event.
First the bad news - the progress update on our procurement exercise. The short story is, our approach failed to find us a supplier that could meet our specification for a web platform and subsequent build and integration work at a price we could afford.
The good news though - and what we'd like to discuss with Bristol's digital talent - is the opportunity this provides us to take a fundamentally different approach. We're now minded instead of going to the market for a package deal, to look at buying the best (and most affordable) open standards platform (if not also open source) - and then having bought something that lots of people can work with, go to the market separately for build and integration jobs.
That's the short story. Now we are taking stock and planning our new approach - please come along and have your say, and help guide us towards something that might both suit our needs, whilst also stimulating opportunities for the local supplier market.
We would invite you to consider our website functional requirements document (available here) and related tender document (available here)
s a basis for this Roundtable Discussion about our future web platform
2.00 - Introduction - Stephen Hilton, Connecting Bristol
2.05 - Welcome - Dr. Mark Wright, Executive Member for Transformation and Value for Money
2.15 - The Story so Far, Peter Holt, Communications Director
2.25 - Our Current Thinking on the New Council Web Platform - Luke Smith, Web Project Manager
2.40 - Ideas for Channel Shift & Migration - Tracy Dodds, Insight and Design Manager
2.55 - Q&A with Council Team
3.25 - Sum Up and Next steps - Stephen Hilton
3.30 - Coffee and Networking
3.45 - Overview of Council Procurement, Elaine Ashley
4.00 - Close