The fun thing about working in digital is that the rules are always evolving. Year after year we see trends come and go - some stay around longer than others, some raise their heads once then disappear forever.
In this article, Reading Room shed light on web design trends for 2016. By no means exhaustive, this article gives a taste of what is in store for the year for Reading Room clients and their respective digital platform and/or service.
Full article: Web Design Trends 2016
Torfaen County Borough Council has selected Idox’s document management solution (DMS) to support core business systems within the council.
The new system will extend the use of Idox technology within the council and be integrated into existing Idox solutions within Planning and Building Control.
Idox DMS is designed to enable organisations to improve information sharing and support the delivery of responsive public digital services enabling citizens to view documents online.
CAFM Explorer, Idox’s leading facilities management software, supports the effective and efficient management of facilities and their operational environments. The latest release enhances the product by adding:
- One touch help desk call logging in CAFM Web from any mobile device
- Ability to QR code assets and scan with a mobile device
- Larger portfolio of ready-made reports increasing insight while reducing time and effort
- Notifications of expiring service provider documents
- Enhanced health checks to ensure high performance
- Additional links between assets and work orders for more efficient working
- Enhancements for labour charges ensuring smoother and more effective management of costs
- Increased control over monitoring of stock levels
- Simplifications in CAFM Web to make it more user friendly for engineers, contractors and end users
- Multi-level work orders ensure better fault reporting and routing to the correct team
To learn more about the new functionality, visit: CAFM Explorer 9.2
Health Education England are a non-departmental public body that works across England to deliver high quality education and training for a better health and healthcare. Health Education England tasked Reading Room, Idox’s Digital Consultancy, to incorporate 13 local education training board websites into one site, whilst maintaining a clear identity and individual navigation within the site for each board.
View the website http://www.hee.nhs.uk/
The forthcoming election for a new Mayor of London is generating particular interest in the tech community. The tech sector makes significant contributions to London’s economy, but there are concerns that skill shortages in the capital could hinder further growth. Idox is a leading supplier of applications to support public sector organisations in managing information and knowledge, documents, content, business processes and workflow. Idox also manages the information service of the Greater London Authority, supporting evidence-based decision and policy making across the capital.
In this article, Idox’s Steven McGinty looks at efforts by the tech sector to push the issue of skills shortages further up the agenda of the next Mayor of London.
Read full article: London’s digital skills shortage: a priority for the new Mayor
Bandera, a national facilities management services company, has chosen CAFM Explorer to assist in delivering core services to their clients.
Bandera prides itself on giving a personal service, forming close partnerships with their clients in providing a bespoke service while understanding and delivering exactly what the client needs, normally beating expectations while allowing clients to progress with their core business.
As part of their own success and development Bandera required a facilities software solution that delivered consistency for the increasing requirements of their clients.
Austin Gibbons, Business Assistant at Bandera, commented, “Having researched the software options available to us, CAFM Explorer towered above other providers as it mirrored Bandera’s demands in offering an all-in-one facilities software solution which we know will quickly enhance efficiencies and reliability to our clients with the trust they deserve in knowing they have the very best up to date and dedicated service with the added value of business continuity.”
CAFM Explorer is an all-in-one facilities management software solution – to learn more about how CAFM Explorer can support your business, visit: www.cafmexplorer.com or call 0870 3337101.
For more information on Bandera visit www.banderaltd.com
In a recent award, under the Framework Agreement for Local Authority Software Application, Canterbury City Council has invested in Idox’s Electronic Document Management Solution (EDMS) replacing a system previously provided by Northgate.
The new system will be integrated into existing Idox solutions already in use by the council within core functions such as Planning, Building Control, and Land Charges in order to increase information sharing and support the online publication of documents for citizens, consultees and third parties.
In addition, Idox will migrate the data stored within their legacy system to Idox DMS.
Reading Room collaborated with Totum Partners to address both front-end consumer challenges on the website, and also difficulties faced internally when using the Content Management System. It was crucial that the back-office team are able to swiftly make updates to the website with a system that isn't arduous to use. We therefore focused on the system and its workflow to ensure it met internal expectations.
The new website features an integrated job search and company blog, both of which were originally separate websites. Finally, it was time for mobile optimisation, with the new website being optimised for a vast amount of scaling devices.
Visit the website: Totum Partners
Real-time passenger information can be an especially effective solution for increasing public transport usage in rural areas. Cloud Amber, part of the Idox Group of companies, delivers next-generation passenger information and enables public transport operators to keep track of vehicles’ movements within the network. In this blog post, Idox’s Rebecca Jackson looks at the challenge of providing public transport in rural areas, and highlights solutions, such as real-time passenger information, to help communities stay connected.
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Should we build on the green belt? The availability of the green belt as potential development land in the current housing crisis has led to widespread debate as to whether we should be making it easier to use this resource – or should we be looking at alternatives?
Full article: Do we need to build on the green belt?
CAFM Explorer, Idox's leading Facilities Management Software, is pleased to announce that it has joined The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) as a corporate member.
Claire Visser, Idox's CAFM Director, commented, "Being members of BIFM not only demonstrates our commitment to our customers and the Facilities Management sector, it demonstrates our continuing drive to educate and invest in our excellent staff, from sales through to delivery. BIFM membership gives us all the ability to keep up-to-date in the ever changing FM landscape.”
CAFM Explorer is a comprehensive, all-in-one facilities software solution designed to deliver the functionality you need to run an efficient and compliant facility. Help Desk, Work Planner, Cost Control, Asset Tracker, Property Management, Room Booking, Space Management and an intuitive Reporting Dashboard are included as standard, giving you the ability to grow into the software as your requirements increase at no additional cost.
For more information on BIFM
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Hardly confined to mere philosophy, the concept of enlightened self-interest plays a very important role in the practical, hard-headed world of planning politics. In fact, one could say that it is integral to the system. This is because land is scarce, new developments come with risk and politicians have a duty to ensure that their local communities will benefit. Making a proposal of any kind invites the question “what’s in it for me?” and if you are seeking planning permission, you would do well to have a good answer prepared.
Taking place in London on 9 February, Idox’s Funding Steps into Europe training event offers essential insight to organisations seeking to exchange knowledge, hear from leading funding experts and engage in best practice and networking sessions in the area of European funding.
It will bring together sector experts and experienced funding managers in a programme comprising:
- Session 1: Introduction to European Funding and assessing whether Europe is right for you
- Session 2: Understanding EU policy, lobbying and networking
- Session 3: Working with partners and building a consortium
- Session 4: Building the project – demonstration and evidence of need
- Session 5: Lessons learned and tips on submitting EU funding applications
- Session 6: Budgeting
- Session 7: Dissemination strategies
- Session 8: Q&A – Ask the Panel
Confirmed speakers – including European Affairs Adviser, Katie Cavell and East Sussex County Council External Funding Manager, Véronique Poutrel – will address delegates on European funding opportunities and offer practical advice to help organisations achieve success in their funding mission.
The conference will be held at Stamford Bridge, home to Chelsea Football Club, on 9 February 2016.
Idox is a supplier of specialist information management solutions and services to the public sector and to a wide range of industries around the world in the corporate sector: www.idoxgroup.com
The Idox Grants arm specialises in providing content and funding solutions for clients across local, regional and national government, higher education institutions, public sector agencies, charitable organisations and industry.
The Grants delivery team boasts over 30 years’ experience in delivering large-scale, online content publishing projects and effective funding solutions including market-leader GRANTfinder and RESEARCHconnect.
The introduction of appropriate technology, such as iApply could ultimately save councils millions of pounds by making the planning permission and building control application process far more efficient, and mitigating against the resource-drain of council employees rekeying application data.
The full story can seen on our Blog.
iApply is pleased to welcome Tewkesbury Borough Council, West Berkshire Council, Spelthorne Borough Council, West Berkshire Council, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, London Borough of Lambeth and Durham County Council.
These local authorities have joined the many already opting to integrate with Idox’s recently-launched service that enables planning applications and building control consent to be applied for via a single source. iApply provides a user-friendly mechanism to submit planning and building control forms directly into the local authority back office, saving significant time and cost on all sides.
As one of the UK’s largest universities, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) purchased Idox’s GRANTfinder 4 Education funding suite to support staff and academics in their quest for funding.
In the latest Idox case study, Heather Cobain, a member of the Funding, Development and Support Team at UCLan, discusses how the university is fulfilling its mission statement of providing excellent higher education, innovation and research through its subscription to the Idox service. She comments:
“Longevity is definitely a benefit of the GRANTfinder search option. We have received positive feedback from academics on the opportunities that are retrieved by the system, which we believe is down to Idox’s long-standing relationships with its funding partners.”
The case study is part of a series published in celebration of Idox’s 30-year anniversary as a leading provider of funding and policy information. Read the full document University of Central Lancashire – Investing in GRANTfinder 4 Education and a number of other client stories here.
iApply is pleased to welcome Westminster City Council, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council. These local authorities have joined the many already opting to integrate with Idox’s recently-launched service that enables planning applications and building control consent to be applied for via a single source. iApply provides a user-friendly mechanism to submit planning and building control forms directly into the local authority back office, saving significant time and cost on all sides.
iApply is pleased to welcome Stroud District Council, Oxford City Council and Shropshire Council. These local authorities have joined the many already opting to integrate with Idox’s recently-launched service that enables planning applications and building control consent to be applied for via a single source. iApply provides a user-friendly mechanism to submit planning and building control forms directly into the local authority back office, saving significant time and cost on all sides.
iApply is pleased to welcome Maldon District Council, Newcastle City Council and West Suffolk. These local authorities have joined the many already opting to integrate with Idox’s recently-launched service that enables planning applications and building control consent to be applied for via a single source. iApply provides a user-friendly mechanism to submit planning and building control forms directly into the local authority back office, saving significant time and cost on all sides.
Providing effective funding solutions to organisations across the UK and wider Europe is the backbone of Idox’s Grants arm. Throughout 2015, the Grants team sought stories from its clients on their own funding successes and the successes of their beneficiaries (who are also often supported by Idox products and services) in order to mark its 30th year as a leading provider of funding and policy information.
What a successful year it’s been! Idox Grants clients have confirmed a combined funding success total of over £10 million. From local authorities and the NHS to universities and charities, the amounts confirmed showcase the ever-active funding landscape and the support available to back various projects, people and plans.
As 2015 draws to a close, the Grants team reflects on another busy and successful year. Just some of the headline figures include:
Just some of the projects already in the pipeline include the 2016 Idox Innovation Awards, a European Funding training event at Stamford Bridge, and the expansion of our RESEARCHconnect service into new European territories.
About Idox Grants
The Grants arm of Idox has, since 1985, been recognised as 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: www.idoxgroup.com/funding-solutions