London, 14th April 2015 – Knowledge Hub, the UK’s largest platform for public service collaboration, today announced that it is partnering with Socitm, the society for IT/digital leaders and professionals working in local public services, to enable Socitm members to collaborate online. Socitm is one of the first organisations to implement Knowledge Hub’s new ‘Network’ facility, allowing it to set up and manage a Socitm-focused community on behalf of its 1,650 members comprising the most senior people in local public service IT and digital leadership. At the same time, Socitm will retain the ability to engage with the wider community providing services to the public across Knowledge Hub.
“We are continually looking for ways to offer greater value to our members. The opportunity to facilitate peer-to-peer networking and securely share knowledge across sectors are key reasons for joining,” said Ian Singleton, head of member services at Socitm. “We previously had a number of disparate portals and online collaboration tools that weren’t being effectively utilised. Many of our members are already familiar with Knowledge Hub as part of their day job or through its ongoing Web Improvement and Usage Community. That was a big positive for us, alongside with it being an open standards technology. Through our partnership with Knowledge Hub, we are confident of enhancing our membership offering by providing the digital tools that our members really need.”
Socitm’s members and partners will be able to access a variety of services on Knowledge Hub, including:
- A member networking group that will include Socitm Strategic Partners to provide more opportunity to engage with members and national stakeholders
- Knowledge Hub Groups for each of Socitm’s regional meetings to encourage collaboration across public and private sector organisations on regional topics.
- A dedicated Socitm Partner Programme Group for suppliers to access materials and connect with Socitm staff.
- A new policy discussion area aimed at giving members more visibility into Socitm’s representation work.
- Access to the Socitm Insight research service, allowing subscribers to connect with each other, participate in forums, receive group messages, post ideas and take part in quick polls.
“We are delighted to be entering into partnership with Socitm. We view this as a great endorsement of Knowledge Hub and the value it can deliver to organisations operating in and around the public sector,” said Jason Fahy, Managing Director of Knowledge Hub. “Socitm’s members and the wider Knowledge Hub community will now be able to benefit from each other’s insight and expertise. We are also delighted to be working with Arcus Global, who are kindly sponsoring the Socitm Network.”
Socitm will formally launch its new ‘Network’ at its Spring Conference in London on 23 April 2015. There will be a phased roll-out, culminating in the Knowledge Hub ‘Network’ being fully integrated with Socitm’s new website when that goes live.
About Knowledge Hub (https://www.khub.net)
Knowledge Hub is the UK’s largest platform for public service collaboration – it’s where the public sector goes to work together. Knowledge Hub helps more than 100,000 members across 1,400 groups and 12 countries to connect freely, share knowledge, drive initiatives and exchange expertise in a secure online environment. It is used extensively in the UK and internationally by central and local government, health, education, housing, emergency services and not for profit organisations.
Free and enterprise options are available to suit every individual and organisation, from small private workspaces to wider professional networking communities and cost effective social extranet solutions.
Socitm is the professional membership body for leaders of IT and digitally-enabled services delivered for public benefit. Socitm also offers research and advisory/consultancy services and stages national/regional conferences and networking events for the IT and digital professional.
About Arcus Global
Arcus provides technology services and solutions to the UK Public Sector. With a unique proposition in delivery that includes: IT strategy advice, enterprise architecture, migration and integration services, training and custom development, easy to use and modern systems on leading cloud platforms. Arcus are the UK Public Sector market leaders in all services on Salesforce.com, Amazon Web Services and other world leading technology stacks. We support Central Government, Universities and Local Authorities, including: Aylesbury Vale District, Bristol City Council, Buckinghamshire County Council, Cabinet Office, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Tandridge District Council, Peterborough City Council, UCAS and many more. For further information, please visit www.arcusglobal.com
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