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Highlands Council Chooses Open Source for Latest Web Project

Enterprise Management Consulting chosen to implement and support content management system for the Northern Potential Project.

UK open source software specialist, Enterprise Management Consulting (EMC), has been selected by The Highland Council to provide a new web Content Management System (CMS) at the core of the Northern Potential Project. This project, supported by the Northern Periphery Programme and the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), aims to provide a one-stop information service for citizens and organisations in the three Northern Periphery territories: the Highland Council, Landsdelutvalget Norway and Norrlandsfőrbundet Sweden.

The project will feed a number of different websites, newsletters and discussion forums with information including regional statistics, economic analysis, news and information on businesses and organisations in the three partner territories. The underlying aim is that sharing information and encouraging online dialogue and collaboration will help to develop business and cultural synergies within and between the participating territories, as well as encouraging workers and businesses to relocate to the Northern Periphery.

With the entire Northern Potential Project focused around information and knowledge, the choice of content management system will be vital to its overall success. EMC’s bid - based on the Open Source eZ Publish enterprise CMS – successfully won over competition from several proprietary software vendors. Having studied the options The Highland Council decided that the EMC solution offered best value for money and a flexible path for future development.

EMC Director, Malcolm Macsween said: “We were able to offer all the services needed to get exactly what was required using Open Source technology. And by offering ongoing technical support through our base at The Linux Centre in South Dell on the Isle of Lewis, the proprietary software options simply weren’t competitive.”

“Content Management is about creating open systems which can share information. To do this using proprietary software that leaves the entire project beholden to a particular vendor could almost be seen as negligence in a public sector project,” Macsween continues. “Organisations no longer need the relevant skills in-house to use Open Source Software. The Linux Centre offers supported open source solutions that are as simple for the organisation to use as any proprietary software package. The structure and language of the programme is such that customers are not tied to us and support can be taken over by another organisation in the future.”

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Highlands Council Chooses Open Source for Latest Web Project

Enterprise Management Consulting chosen to implement and support content management system for the Northern Potential Project.