DFE (DfE) (previously the Department for Children, Schools and Families) is one of the leading Government departments in the UK. Employing 2500 people across four locations the Department is responsible for education and children’s services.
- The DfE is not immune to the current economic pressures as illustrated by the announcement in May 2010 that £670 million will be cut from its 2010-11 budget. Combine this with an increasing demand for public services and it’s evident that the Department needs to do more with less. Improving the technology infrastructure and information sharing practices is one way of achieving this.
- It’s not all about finances though. The Department also has legal obligations to manage, archive and dispose of its information assets in accordance with guidelines laid out by The National Archives. Making this quick and easy for staff to do ensures these guidelines are followed and reduces the risk of reputational, financial or judicial challenge.
- Finally, making it easier for staff to do their jobs – ensuring they have the information they need, can access it quickly and easily and can identify and contact relevant experts is imperative for a productive workforce.
- IWP addresses all these needs. A vital component of IWP has been the replacement of the existing EDRMS (Autonomy Meridio) to a Microsoft SharePoint Record Centre. It was in this part of the Programme where Proventeq were engaged to migrate all the Meridio content into the new IWP environment.