Our design and build for The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) website has won the Sitecore Site of the Year (www.bis.gov.uk). The global award is open to any website on the Sitecore CMS platform.
We were responsible for the design, information architecture and UX elements of the website. Work also included user research and usability testing to validate the solution prior to build. The implementation and CMS integration was undertaken by Eduserv who, like us, are a prominent Sitecore partner.
BIS was created in June 2009 by merging the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) with the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). The new organisation has a much broader constituency and, as a result of the merger, faced a number of business challenges including how best to communicate to all audiences via one website. BIS worked with us and Eduserv to build a new site that was perfectly placed to deliver on its complex business requirements.
Neil Williams, Head of Digital Communications at BIS, said:
“The new website has been really quick to implement and has given us a far more professional online presence. The Sitecore CMS platform will save BIS £2.5 million in relation to our previous CMS implementation. In addition, by converging partner sites onto the shared platform, has the potential to save another £700k a year in hosting and maintenance costs across the BIS family.”
Paul Seys, our Head of UX, is delighted that the BIS site has received such recognition. He stated:
“The deadlines were tight but we stuck to our process of user-centred design and are delighted with the results. We wanted to produce a design and information architecture that met the needs of the users. The feedback we received during the stakeholder workshops really shaped our thinking on the final design.”