Bespoke Software Development

Government Software Development Company

We have been providing software development services to UK governments since 2011. Our experienced team of developers have developed several digital transformation projects for Councils across the UK.

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Schnell helps Medway Council with Digital Transformation

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Why choose us for a government software development project?

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Our Team and Skills

Having developed software for UK governments since 2011, our team is fully aware of the specific skills required to develop and deliver a software development project on time and within budget. Our developers are skilled in the latest technologies and well-versed in the business applications used by several local and central government authorities across the UK. Using our experience in developing and integrating several software projects for UK government has enabled our team to develop a unique set of technical, analytical and design skills that delivers value for money.

Flexible pricing

Flexible pricing for government software projects refers to adjusting a project's cost based on the government agency's specific needs and requirements. Our software development pricing for government projects considers factors such as the project's complexity, the number of users, and the length of the contract. By using a flexible pricing model, we help government agencies can ensure that they are only paying for the features and capabilities that they actually need rather than a one-size-fits-all solution. Additionally, our flexible pricing also allows for more efficient use of budget and resources and better alignment with the specific goals and objectives of the agency.

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Meeting challenging timescales and deadlines

Time and deadlines are crucial elements in any government software project. Government projects often have strict timelines and deadlines for completion due to the need for timely delivery of services to citizens. These deadlines must be met to ensure that the project is completed within budget and on schedule. In order to meet these deadlines, our project managers ensure the team software development team has a clear understanding of the scope of the project, the resources required, and the dependencies between different tasks. Additionally, by making use of project management tools and techniques, such as agile development, our team keeps track of progress and identifies any potential delays. By emphasising time and deadlines, our team ensures that software projects developed for the government are delivered on time, within budget, and to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance (QA) is a critical component of government software development projects. It ensures that the software meets the necessary specifications, standards, and regulations and that it is free of defects and errors. It also ensures that the software meets the needs of the end users. To ensure QA to our government clients, we perform a variety of testing methods, such as functional testing, performance testing, and security testing. Our QA process is integrated throughout the software development lifecycle to catch any issues as early as possible. Our QA team, which is independent of the development team, is responsible for testing and verifying the software before it is released. By implementing a robust QA process, our team ensures that all software government developed by our team is reliable, secure, and user-friendly, which is essential for providing high-quality services to citizens.

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Software security

Software security is a crucial aspect of UK government software development projects. The UK government has specific guidelines and standards such as the Cyber Security Assessment Framework (CSAF) and the Cyber Essentials scheme that must be adhered to in order to ensure the security of government systems and data. These guidelines include measures such as encryption, secure coding practices, regular vulnerability assessments, and incident response plans. By implementing robust software security measures, our team ensures that the software we develop for the UK government can ensure the protection of sensitive information and maintain the trust of citizens while complying with the regulations and standards set by the UK government.

User and data privacy

User and data privacy are critical considerations for UK government software development projects. Our team is well aware of the UK government's strict laws and regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act (DPA) that must be followed to protect the personal information of citizens. This includes ensuring that personal data is collected, stored, and used in a secure and transparent manner and that citizens have the right to access and control their own data. Our software development team ensures that all software development projects include measures such as data encryption and secure coding practices to protect personal information from unauthorized access or breaches. By prioritizing user and data privacy, UK government agencies our team ensures the protection of citizens' personal information and maintains trust in government services.

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Modular design

Modular design is an important aspect of UK government software development projects as it allows for flexibility, scalability and maintainability. Our team ensures modular design by breaking down a software system into smaller, independent and interchangeable modules, it allows for easier testing, maintenance and future development of the system. Additionally, by developing the system in modules, we allow for more specific, targeted changes to be made to the system, rather than having to make large-scale changes, which can be more time-consuming and costly. Also, the modular design can enable UK government agencies to quickly respond to the changing needs of citizens and policies, and it can also allow for the integration of new technologies and services in the future. By using this approach, our team ensures a better alignment with the specific goals and objectives of the agency and can help to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Support and maintenance

Support and maintenance are critical considerations for UK government software development projects. These systems often need to be maintained and updated to ensure they continue to meet the needs of citizens and comply with regulations. Our use of automatic monitoring tools ensures proper support and maintenance to ensure that any issues or bugs are identified and resolved quickly and that the system remains secure and reliable. Additionally, our team also perform regular updates and maintenance to extend the lifespan of the software developed by us to reduce the need for costly replacements or redevelopment in the future. By providing adequate support and maintenance, our team ensures that the software systems continue to function optimally and provide high-quality services to citizens.

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What Sets Us Apart for UK Government Software Development?

Choosing us for your UK government software project development offers several advantages. Our team of experienced developers has a track record of delivering high-quality, secure, and reliable software solutions for several UK government agencies. We understand the unique requirements and regulations of government projects and have experience working within strict timelines and budgets. Our project management approach is transparent and collaborative, ensuring that the final product meets all of your needs and expectations. Additionally, we have a proven ability to work with sensitive and confidential data, ensuring that your project is secure and compliant with relevant laws and regulations. Overall, choosing us as your software development partner will ensure that your government project is delivered on-time, within budget, and to the highest standards of quality and security.

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FAQs - Choosing Developers & Companies for Government Software

Government software is software designed to meet the specific needs and requirements of government agencies, public sector organizations, and non-profit organizations. This type of software enables government organisations to efficiently manage their operations, collect taxes, enforce laws and regulations, and provide services to citizens. Examples of popular government software solutions include computer-assisted dispatch (CAD) systems, grants and performance management systems, jail management systems, court systems, tax collection systems, records management systems, financial systems, human resources systems, and procurement systems.

The cost of developing software for the UK government can vary greatly depending on a number of factors, such as the size and complexity of the project, the technologies and tools used, and the resources required. It can range from tens of thousands to millions of pounds. It's important to note that the cost of software development is not only limited to the initial development, but also includes the ongoing support, maintenance, and updates that are necessary to keep the system functioning optimally and to respond to the changing needs of citizens and government policies. It's also worth mentioning that the cost of developing software for the UK government might be more expensive than developing for the private sector due to the additional security and compliance requirements.

Bespoke software development can be a good idea for the UK government, depending on the specific needs and requirements of the project. Bespoke software development refers to the practice of creating a custom software solution tailored to the specific needs of an organization. This can be particularly beneficial for government agencies that have unique requirements that cannot be met by off-the-shelf software solutions. For example, a bespoke software solution can be designed to meet specific security and compliance requirements or to integrate with existing systems and data. Additionally, Bespoke software development can also offer more flexibility and scalability than off-the-shelf solutions.

However, it's also important to consider the cost and resources required for bespoke software development. Developing a custom software solution can be more expensive and time-consuming than using an off-the-shelf solution, and it may require a significant investment in resources, such as skilled software developers and testing equipment. Also, it requires the government to have a clear understanding of the requirements and goals of the project and an accurate estimation of the budget and timelines.

In summary, bespoke software development can be a good idea for the UK government if the specific needs and requirements of the project cannot be met by off-the-shelf software solutions, but it's important to consider the cost and resources required and to have a clear understanding of the requirements and goals of the project.

The UK government has mandatory accessibility standards for web applications that must be met in order to ensure that they are usable by people with disabilities. These standards are based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, which is an internationally recognized standard for web accessibility.The mandatory accessibility standards for web applications developed for the UK government are:

  • WCAG 2.1 Level AA conformance: This requires web applications to meet a set of accessibility guidelines in order to provide a high level of accessibility for users with disabilities.
  • The Equality Act 2010: This act requires that public sector bodies make reasonable adjustments to ensure that their services are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018: This regulation requires that all public sector websites and mobile applications are fully accessible to people with disabilities.
  • UK government agencies must meet these standards in order to ensure that their web applications are usable by people with disabilities and to avoid legal liability under the Equality Act.

It's also worth mentioning that the government has published an accessibility standard, GDS accessibility standards which include additional guidelines and best practices to follow when developing web applications for the UK government.

There are many popular technologies for developing government software, but some of the most common include Java, .NET, and SQL Server.

Yes. We have developed software solutions for many UK local governments like the UK Home office, Medway, Ealing, and Carmarthenshire council. Contact us today for more information.

There are many examples of software developed for the UK government, here are a few examples:

  • GOV.UK: This is a website that provides a single point of access to information and services from the UK government. It includes information on benefits, taxes, and other government services, as well as a range of tools and applications such as online forms, calculators, and interactive maps.
  • NHS Digital: This is the digital arm of the National Health Service (NHS) and it provides a range of digital services and platforms for the NHS, including electronic health records, appointment booking, and patient information.
  • DfE Sign-in: This is a secure online platform for schools, colleges, and local authorities in England. It provides access to a range of services such as the School Information Management System (SIMS), and the National Pupil Database (NPD).
  • UK Visas and Immigration: This is a digital platform that provides information and services related to visa applications and immigration to the UK. It includes an online application system, a document-checking service, and a biometric enrolment service.
  • HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) software: This is a range of digital services and platforms provided by the UK's tax collection agency, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). It includes online tax filing, self-assessment, tax credit services, and a range of tools and calculators.

These are just a few examples of software developed for the UK government.