In August 2016, Sir Eric Pickles MP published the findings of his year-long investigation into electoral fraud in the UK.
The investigation was partially triggered by events in Tower Hamlets, which saw the Borough’s Mayor, Lutfur Rahman charged with electoral fraud, and the Election Commissioner upholding a number of allegations from voters.
The latest paper from Idox Elections:
- notes the recommendations of the Pickles review;
- takes a look at some of the criticisms that the review has received;
- examines why trust and scrutiny are key parts of successful elections management.
Download whitepaper: Idox Elections: Securing the Ballot
According to The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), engineers spend 40 to 60 percent of their time looking for information and validating it.
A new whitepaper from McLaren Software, an Idox company, explores change management of plant documentation, and how critical decision-making begins with having trusted documents and data available to engineers at all times, from all locations.
The whitepaper explains how:
- Quality control and reuse of plant documentation affect the success of your turnaround project
- Plant turnarounds can be accelerated by reducing re-work, contractual disputes and ensuring regulatory compliance
- Asset information and engineering content can be made available to all, throughout projects
- Multiple users can access the most up-to-date information, regardless of format or source.
To learn more, download your copy of the whitepaper here.
LEONI is one of the leading companies for cable technology in Europe today, having around 75,000 highly-qualified employees in 31 countries. The company embraces a systematic approach to compliance. Idox Compliance supports LEONI with a range of e-learning resources. The e-learning programs, most of which have been individually customised for LEONI, are provided by Idox Compliance as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) via an e-learning platform. This allows employees around the world to complete the relevant compliance training online, anytime, anywhere.
Download the full case study: LEONI AG embraces systematic approach to compliance, supported by Idox Compliance
The high-quality information solutions delivered by Idox have seen the company win the title of ‘Best Public Sector Software Company – UK’ in this year’s Technology Innovator Awards.
The 2016 Awards highlighted the individuals and organisations behind ground-breaking technological developments, aiming to showcase those who are enhancing the way that people use technology for the better.
From instant communication through to advances in product and service offerings, almost every aspect of the modern business market has been influenced by technology. As such the Technology Innovator Awards were designed to recognise and reward the individuals, departments and firms behind the software and services revolutionising how organisations do business.
Commenting on Idox’s latest success, Operations Director Paul Beaney said: “Idox is a highly regarded company with market leading positions in many segments of the public sector software market in the United Kingdom and Europe. We’re proud to be commended with a leading industry award – not least in the area of innovative technology provision – which recognises Idox’s strong relationships and focus on customer service.
“Innovation is a key ingredient for Idox’s growth and success and we look forward to building on our achievement in collaboration with the public sector during the exciting years ahead.”
Further information on the Technology Innovator Awards 2016 is available here.
Statistically, women now account for 60% of undergraduates and 47% of PhD graduates in the EU and – according to the National Science Foundation (NSF) – they earn about half the doctorates in science and engineering in the United States. On paper, these figures suggest that the battle against gender inequality in research is well on the way to being won.
However, whilst the pool of highly-qualified women is larger than ever before, the statistics show that the presence of women in (predominantly STEM-based) research has not advanced at the same rate as the number of women attaining PhDs. Stakeholders argue that this has meant that the research sector is not yet fully benefitting from the wealth of female knowledge and innovation available.
The latest RESEARCHconnect whitepaper examines:
- the most recent statistics relating to gender equality in research;
- the reasons why women 'drop off' the research radar;
- what is currently being done to tackle the issue of gender equality in research worldwide; and
- what could be done to improve the percentage of women in research in the future.
A digital copy of the paper is available to request here.
Compliance management refers to how a company ensures adherence to laws as well as company guidelines. For several years, companies have been required to comply with international standards certifications and over the last ten years, various standards for implementing and operating a compliance management system (CMS) have been developed.
By publishing the international ISO 19600 standard (in December 2014), the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) brought together the insights from previous standards and other reference works. The aim was to create a standard that can be used worldwide, spanning multiple jurisdictions across all types of organisations regardless of size or industry.
ISO 19600 certification option
Some CMS standards can be used to audit or certify compliance management systems. This involves putting the CMS through an evaluation procedure. An impartial third party checks and confirms in writing that the CMS meets the requirements of the respective standard.
ISO 19600 is a type B management system standard that only serves as a guideline. It gives recommendations but does not set any binding requirements. However, it is still possible to be certified in accordance with ISO 19600. Any person or company with a test plan that they have developed based on the recommendations of the standard can certify that they have a CMS that meets the recommendations of the standard according to the assessment of the auditor.
Advantages of ISO 19600 certification
- The structure of a certified management system is based on a well-known, tried-and-tested system. A third party can get an overview of the compliance management system and assess its quality.
- A company can demonstrate to business partners that it can fulfil its contractual compliance obligations.
- An independent audit can identify vulnerabilities and allow companies to overcome operational blind spots. Enabling the CMS to be continuously optimised.
- A CMS certified in accordance with ISO 19600 can give a competitive advantage if it makes a company stand out during a call for bids.
- Certification can convey important information that can determine the success of a company. A certificate allows investors, who are in the middle of an M&A transaction or forming new business partnerships, to estimate and minimise potential risks more effectively.
- A company’s decision to be certified and to commission an auditor represents a serious commitment to compliance and also leads to positive effects within the company.
Things you need to know about certification
It is important to determine who is suitable to serve as the auditor, depending on the standard.The certificate should have a certain level of recognition in the market (if the company making the claim is reputable and accredited by a regulatory body, then this third-party compliance proclamation would have a lot more weight than a self-proclamation would have). The certificate should have a certain level of recognition or acceptance in the market as well.
You should also determine which parts of the company and functional areas are to be covered by the certificate. Certification should only take place once there is an established CMS in definable company or regulatory areas. It is advisable when implementing a CMS to also think about certification as a long-term goal.
Limits of certification
Legal experts in particular have advised that a standardised or even certified CMS does not automatically mean that management bodies of a corporation fulfil their obligations. This means that if there are compliance violations, they may be held liable. A (certified) CMS can at best serve as a good indicator that the company and the responsible people make great efforts to take compliance and integrity very seriously.
This week, the winners of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Awards for Research Excellence were announced in Cardiff. Idox sponsored three of the awards, and in this article Morwen Johnson reports on the winners and highly commended entries.
Stoke City has today announced a new partnership with leading sports digital agency Rippleffect, an Idox company.
The Premier League club has appointed Rippleffect on a long-term contract to redefine and transform its digital presence, including the redevelopment of the club’s main website (stokecityfc.com) and online retail store (scfcdirect.com).
The established Premier League club is looking to enhance its reputation in the UK and abroad by launching two modern, fully-responsive and commercially-effective football websites. Rippleffect will unveil the club’s ecommerce platform later this year to offer fans a premium online shopping experience before developing a brand new fan-focused club website in time for the 2017/18 season.
The new club website will benefit from improved third-party integration, a new video solution and full content acquisition services as well as all the important regular features such as official news, player and manager interviews, statistics and an interactive match centre.
In addition, Rippleffect will partner with Touch Retail to provide a new POS solution that will be implemented within the club’s store.
Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes, said: "Rippleffect are without doubt one of the most reputable digital agencies in sport, particularly in football where they have forged long-term working relationships with a number of leading clubs.
“We are delighted to be entering into a digital partnership with them as we look to create websites that offer first-class experiences for our fans."
Stoke City, the second oldest professional club in the world, is another of the Football League’s founding members to have chosen Rippleffect as its digital partner, following long-term clients Everton and Aston Villa.
Kirstie Buchanan, sales and marketing director of Rippleffect, said: "Stoke City is a proper football club with a huge heritage. The Potters are a great addition to our football family and we look forward to working closely with the club and its fans to create two digital platforms that match their exciting aspirations on the pitch."
Rippleffect's sport clients include Liverpool, Swansea City, UK Sport and the Professional Darts Corporation.
Idox is a market-leading developer and provider of a broad range of digital solutions for UK local authorities. Our services include ReadingRoom and Rippleffects's cutting-edge digital consultancy solutions, and the recently launched iApply service to ease the submission process for planning and building control applications. In this article, Idox’s Steven McGinty reports on the development of Bristol’s award-winning smart city project.
Full article: Bristol is Open: case study of an innovative smart city
According to a recent report, 230,000 construction jobs are set to be created throughout the UK by 2020. The main driver for this increase in UK construction jobs is that the industry is under pressure to achieve one million new homes by 2020. However, with a skills shortage already evident, many stakeholders are wondering how the target will be met. It is imperative that all areas – from planning and building control through to construction – play their part, including the increased use of innovative technologies such as iApply.
Vindsubsidies is delighted to announce that the Grant Manager app, an unique mobile application for grant administration, was successfully launched in the Netherlands this month. The application is the first in its kind in Europe and makes it possible to manage all kind of grant projects easily with a smartphone or tablet.
The mobile application is part of the innovative online administration platform Grant Manager, which won an innovator award from the manufacturing industry at the beginning of this year. The Grant Manager mobile application has the same functions as the desktop version of Grant Manager. Time of project members and project costs can be recorded easily. And all kind of documents, like invoices, drawings and videos, can be uploaded. All the information will be coupled directly to the right grant project.
The Grant Manager platform delivers an insight to the status of all ongoing grant projects. Project managers know, thanks to this system, immediately if projects are running on schedule or need to be adjusted.
Vindsubsidies believes that using mobile applications on smartphones for working processes is the future for all types of business markets and industries. The mobile application, available for Android and iOS, was a joint project of various Idox companies.
Managing Director of Idox Grants, Henk Heerink, has mentioned earlier this year that he’s proud of the Grant Manager platform which, just like the new application, shows that ‘combining the various disciplines within Idox leads to new solutions in established markets’.
Following the recent launch of Idox OnSite, a new suite of apps aimed at local authorities, Idox is pleased to introduce North Yorkshire Building Control (NYBC), Lambeth and Stroud Councils to its first app in the range, Building Inspector.
These organisations have joined the many which have already identified the benefits the Building Inspector app brings, including the easy access to case information and reporting tools that building inspectors require when they are out on site.
For more information: Idox Building Control Inspector App
Dover District Council has selected the Idox Estate Management solution to help transform the manner in which council owned property asset information is managed.
The system manages the complete lifecycle of land and property asset portfolios including acquisition, disposal, property ownership and valuations, tracks leases and assignments, as well managing work orders and maintenance. In addition, the new system will be integrated with Idox Document Management System (DMS).
Finally, Idox Enterprise will be implemented to support council officers in monitoring and balancing staff workload, enabling a consistent approach to service delivery and ensuring that renewals and other deadlines are met.
As an existing Crown Commercial Supplier and G-Cloud 7 service provider, Idox is delighted to announce that it now offers over 122 software and consultancy services on the latest G-Cloud Framework: G-Cloud 8.
G-Cloud 8 (G8) services went live on the Digital Marketplace on 1 August and continues to offer public sector organisations far greater choice and access to more services and suppliers across the UK. Total sales through G-Cloud have now passed the £1bn barrier, with over half of the spend going to smaller businesses.
Idox features on G-Cloud 8 in three key categories:
- Software as a Service
- Infrastructure as a Service
- Specialist Cloud Services
Idox’s suite of services available on the framework include:
- Reading Room: architects of digital change. Creating ideas that help clients reach their full digital potential. For further information: www.readingroom.com
- Idox Grants: Europe’s leading provider of funding and policy information services. It seeks to support organisations at every stage of the funding process from identification of suitable funding to application and management, and with wider content projects. For further information: www.idoxgroup.com/funding-solution
- Cloud Amber: a leading innovator who delivers intelligent and deeply integrated transports solutions across all forms of transport including Network Management, Fleet Operations and Informed Personal Travel. For further information: www.cloudamber.idoxgroup.com
Idox continues to support council planning departments through its land and property solutions. We are also sponsoring three of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Awards for Research Excellence this year – the Sir Peter Hall award for Wider Engagement, the Planning Consultancy award and the Student award. In this article, Idox’s James Carson looks at a new report that highlights the social, economic and environmental benefits of proactive planning.
GRANTfinder’s Masterclass in Funding (White Hart Lane, 19 October 2016) has been designed to meet the specific needs of voluntary groups, charities, CVS and social enterprises, as well as charitable arms of organisations such as housing associations, hospitals and police and fire services.
Alongside GRANTfinder’s seasoned team of trainers and policy specialists are guest speakers who have significant coal-face experience of applying for and distributing funding. From the Big Lottery Fund to funding expert Sue Scott, from Idox’s Reading Room to the Cedarwood Trust and the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation, the event boasts a packed agenda dedicated to supporting organisations on their funding journeys.
By the end of the day, delegates are expected to take away tips on the following key principles of funding practice:
- Digital engagement strategy – to raise awareness of the work of your organisation with potential donors and funding bodies
- Highly practical writing methodologies – including improving readability and tone, and using stories and case studies effectively
- Learning lessons – from a Grant Recipient and Grant Giver’s Perspective
- Included as part of every delegate package is GRANTfinder’s 10-point recommendations report on a funding application of choice. Delegates are able to submit a funding application at or after the event and our experienced team will provide a report outlining 10 areas where the application could be improved.
For more information and to book, click here.
We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of Rippleffect by the Idox group. Ciesco Group acted as exclusive advisors to Rippleffect’s owner, Trinity Mirror plc, to manage the acquisition.
Founded in 1999, Rippleffect, is a full-service digital agency which delivers creative digital solutions for clients across the UK.
Ranked as one of the UK’s top 20 digital agencies by Design Week, Rippleffect works with some of the most ambitious brands and influential organisations from industries such as sport, retail, tourism, leisure, food & drink and arts & culture.
Rippleffect’s services cover the full range of digital solutions, including strategy and planning, user experience, web design and development, ecommerce, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and digital advertising.
Rippleffect clients include Everton and Liverpool football clubs, UK Sport, Visit Guernsey, Aldermore Bank, J D Wetherspoon and the Health Foundation.
John Davies, Managing Director of the Idox Digital and Information business, commented: "The acquisition of Rippleffect is an exciting addition to our digital business and it extends our strategy of building a sophisticated full-service offering for customers delivering digital services across the UK and Europe.”
Kirstie Buchanan, Managing Director at Rippleffect commented: “I am very happy that we have become part of the Idox family of companies and have joined the Idox digital and information business alongside Reading Room. This is an enormous opportunity for us to grow a bigger full-service agency with UK and international reach and to build on the great talent across the business.”
To learn more about the Idox digital businesses, visit: Idox Digital Consultancy.
Idox is a market-leading developer and provider of a broad range of digital solutions for UK local authorities. Our services include the recently launched iApply, the UK’s first combined online planning and building control submission service. iApply is completely changing the way we interact with Government by providing a single place for common transactions across all local authorities.
In this article, Idox’s Steven McGinty looks at the increasing interest in “platform thinking” in UK government services.
Announced during the Queen’s Speech in May 2016, the Higher Education and Research Bill is the first piece of Higher Education legislation to be published in over a decade –and has caused much debate across political divides.
It had been thought that the UK Government might delay the passage of the Bill and pause its reforms, to reflect the many questions from the sector on the impact of the referendum result for higher education and research funding. However, the Government has reiterated its post-referendum approach of ‘business as usual’.
In the latest blog, Idox’s Julia Banim takes a look at the potential impact of the Bill, reviewing how it could impact on students, staff and the future of the UK’s HE sector.
An intelligent search and navigation portal for engineering content, OnLink, an Idox solution, launches today.
The OnLink portal has been designed with engineers in mind to deliver a ‘single view of documents’. By linking content from the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and external systems, such as ERP and asset management systems, related information can be searched and viewed quickly and easily from one place.
In a market where costs are tightly controlled, it is more important than ever for companies to leverage the investments already made in software. OnLink complements an existing Engineering Content Management (ECM) system and is a simple add-on with no requirement to change or upgrade systems – all content remains in the source repository. It instantly brings value and intelligence to drawings and documents by linking P&IDs to associated engineering content through tags, hotspots and hyperlinks. This increases the speed and efficiency with which engineers can search and access documents, cutting down on project delays and errors as well as improving decision-making and adherence to compliance and safety regulations.