After a thorough procurement process, South Tyneside Council has selected GOSS Interactive to deliver features that will enhance their website. GOSS will also provide their Web Content Management system, GOSS iCM (intelligent Content Management) to allow council services to be offered online; all managed in-house, by the Councils web team.
South Tyneside are planning on improving their online presence via the Council and Community website, a Council intranet, and sub-sites such as a tourism, a pension and a housing sub-site to reach niche audiences.
The Council web team will be able to make efficient use of their resources as GOSS iCM allows for technical staff to develop extra features themselves. Over the next 12 months and beyond, the team will be working in .NET (programming language) extensively to enable them to develop their own modules. It will enable the team to develop further solutions and integrate with existing systems. This is not the first time that GOSS has replaced a legacy in-house system and gone on to push the boundaries of accepted standards of working methods.
Roger Abbott, Web and Publishing Team Leader, South Tyneside Council commented, "We selected GOSS iCM based on three key criteria: its ease of use; its ability for extensible .NET programming; and the ability to develop our own templates and designs. The fact that it comes with full Web 2.0 features, powerful workflow, accessibility validators and a strong, active client user base are added benefits."
Rob McCarthy, Managing Director, GOSS Interactive added, "South Tyneside Council are able to use their in house expertise to fully explore and enhance GOSS iCM for their own purposes. They will also be able to deliver a set of websites that engage with their core customers as well as specific sections of society, greatly increasing the provision of council services and information online."