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"The project felt like a start-up, with no legacy technology holding us back."
I’m currently involved in designing our cloud services, identifying the ones that our customers will want and where we are going in the next five years.
Just two years ago I was involved in the RM Unify project, when our objective was to win the new Glow contract in Scotland. Glow is a national intranet, fully cloud-based, for all of Scotland’s schools, colleges and various support institutions. It’s designed to support up to 2m users and around 3,000 establishments across all education in Scotland, including parents.
We had a challenging deadline and a set of requirements from the Scottish government. The platform we had to develop integrated a number of different services and would have a million users all coming into live service at the same time.
The project felt like a start-up: it was totally greenfield with no legacy technology holding us back. We had to go back to the core questions, challenging ourselves constantly. We used agile development methodology to deliver small pieces of functionality to the customer quickly to get feedback.
We secured the new contract and also succeeded in developing a sustainable business which is still ongoing. I felt a lot of trepidation with the Big Bang switchover of the system, but when we started seeing the Tweets come through with positive comments it was like a breath of fresh air.
There’s a lot to be said for working for a company whose product is tech. The best bit of my role is the freedom I have to explore new technologies. RM isn’t scared of change. For example, we’re one of the first companies to adopt the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform and are working closely with Microsoft on this.