The Department of Health has selected the Kahootz cloud collaboration service from online collaboration specialist INOVEM Limited as part of a shared service programme that delivers cost-effective ICT infrastructure and team working options for its staff, its Arm’s Length Bodies (ALBs) and Non-departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs).
The shared service agreement between Department of Health and INOVEM, effective from 5th May 2014 enables expansion of the Kahootz cloud collaboration service to organisations such as NHS England, NHS Health Research Authority, the Care Quality Commission and 20 other agencies and public bodies – potentially encompassing thousands of users in the future.
Under the G-Cloud call-off framework, DH will only pay for what it consumes, eliminating the need to purchase user licenses in advance of use, as in traditional government procurement. This more flexible approach will allow the Department and its partner agencies to scale usage both up and down, as and when required. The Kahootz Enterprise software will replace its legacy IBM Quickr software.
Bob Armstrong, DH’s Head of ICT Futures and Shared Services, stated: “Our Department is actively replacing legacy business systems in favour of more flexible Cloud-based shared services for departmental and partner operations. The acquisition of the Kahootz cloud collaboration service, via the G-Cloud CloudStore, will enable us to improve the way we securely share knowledge, collaborate on policy, consult with stakeholders and engage partners in our work.”
We selected Kahootz Enterprise because it met our needs for an affordable, easy-to-use, agile collaboration platform that could be adapted by our personnel and partners to meet different use cases such as online project management, communities of interest, committees and policy development workgroups.”