Suffolk County Council has purchased a mobile app publishing platform from the government’s G-Cloud Cloudstore.
It has bought cloud-based service Weejot from Jadu, a web experience management SME, which will allow the council to develop and deploy mobile apps quickly and in real-time with just basic web development skills or even no technical skills.
Mark Adams-Wright, CIO at Suffolk County Council, said: “We’re looking to make a step change in how we service our customers and mobile is fast becoming the de facto standard for accessing services – we want to respond to that.
“Weejot fitted our needs very well. It’s easy to create, deploy new apps and connect to content and data systems. Above all, it’s available for all mobile devices and tablets.”
The council is exploring the development of apps such as those around school closure or bad weather alerts, as well as providing apps that add value to local services.
Using G-Cloud Cloudstore has also helped it reduce the costs of procurement, the council said.
“It was easy for us to subscribe to the service,” said Duncan Farley, IT project manager for Suffolk.
“Procuring this software-as-a-service (SaaS) through the G-Cloud framework has enabled us to significantly reduce procurement costs and will allow us to improve the way in which county council services can be accessed.”
Suffolk will be the first government organisation to use the Weejot SDK (software development kit) to develop custom-made apps for its customers.
It will develop AppTemplates, which will allow non-technical users to build mobile apps on ready-made software templates by simply creating icons for their apps, adding settings and content and uploading them to the network.
Other public sector users of Weekjot include South Lanarkshire Council.