Reading Borough Council has launched a new intranet using the Invotra software-as-a-service platform.
The portal went live on a trial basis for 40 users yesterday, with the aim of making it available to more than 2,000 staff in early January.
The deployment has taken place under a two-year contract valued at £100,000.
Adam Bevington, Reading’s digital and website manager, said: “We’re replacing our outdated intranet with a superior service which will ultimately improve services for the public, saving both time and money …. We’re looking forward to continually improving efficiencies, extending access and launching new features to benefit Reading Borough Council staff, residents and businesses.”
Invotra said the deployment was carried out on a three-week turnaround and that the council has chosen its gold service, which includes the provision of a scalable intranet platform with distributed publishing and social applications. It also provided interactive webmaster training.
The intranet’s features include single sign-on, staff directories, intranet features and social applications, and access to the GOV.Invotra portal for sharing best practice with other authorities.
The council is also aiming to share secure, restricted access to its information with agencies and local businesses in the future via the portal’s features.
Image: Reading Civic Offices, from Reading Borough Council