“what was most refreshing was your knowledge and the ability to remain realistic on budget”

Gary Lane, RAF

Royal Air Force: platform switch

Two hundred into one does go.

The challenge

The Royal Air Force had a sprawling digital estate with more than 200 disparate sites on a range of different platforms. It was hard even to get a feel for the scale of their problems.

What we did

We helped the RAF review the sites, closed many down that were no longer needed and moved more than 150 to a common CMS, on one domain. We then trained more than 600 RAF staff to use the new, shared content management system.

We also set up an intranet – Airspace – for more than 40,000 RAF regulars, their dependants, reservists and civilians – adapting it to work both on the open internet and via the DII – a secure military network.

How it turned out

The project met its aim of bringing the web estate under control and a second phase is now starting which will trim the content to match users’ top tasks and refresh the user interface.

Our latest project for the RAF is an RAF100 website – designed to involve all RAF personnel in planning for the centenary in two years’ time.

On a personal note I would like to add my own gratitude to that of the Deputy Commander and say what an absolute pleasure it has been working with you. As I come to the end of my tenure I will look back with fondness at our time together and will remember the Dambusters Digital Campaign as the feather in the hat. I would like to wish you, and your team, all the success for the future.

Squadron Leader Wayne Palmer, RAF