We’ve been talking about the new CMS for ages, so what’s actually happening? Well, we are going through an EU tender process to procure our new CMS. This means that there are three stages to the procurement:
Pre-qualification questionnaire – at this stage suppliers are asked to answer a whole range of questions about their company and their way of operating as well as what technological solution they are proposing.
Invitation to tender – this is the stage when the suppliers must answer some in-depth questions about the solution they are suggesting and provide details of costs.
Presentation – this provides an opportunity for UCL to quiz the suppliers further to ensure we are happy with what they are offering. We are also including a hands-on session at this stage. This is where the suppliers make their CMS available for a few content editors to have a go. This will enable us to judge how easy the CMS is to use rather than relying on the suppliers to tell us.
Currently we are just concluding the Pre-qualification questionnaire stage. We have had to score the 21 questionnaires that were submitted and decide on the top 5 or 6 suppliers. These suppliers will then be invited to tender.
I will keep you updated as we go through this process.