"The partnership with Logica helped stabilise third-party software maintenance operations. Due to its capacity to mobilise the necessary skills and expertise, Logica ensured successful completion of the new version of the intranet portal, which was a highly-complex project both technically and functionally" Valérie Farolfi, Project Manager, Pléiade Ministry of Education
With over a million staff members, the ministries are some of the largest employers in the world. Their organisational structure consists of a centralised administration and decentralised departments. Shortly after the year 2000, the central administration set up an intranet portal for its departments, with the aim of improving the dissemination and sharing of information. This was the first version of the Pléiade intranet.
The intranet was designed to foster interaction between departments, via its publishing functionalities for institutional information and document-sharing functionalities. After changing its maintenance provider in 2007, together the Ministries and Logica entered into a new phase of considerable transformation of the portal. In the last four years, Pléiade has undergone many technical and functional changes to make it a more comprehensive and powerful tool. The adoption of this technology is helping the Ministries attain their goal of improved communication between central administration staff and the regional education authorities.
Project Pléiade was a step forward from document management to a real collaborative workspace. This change was put in place gradually. First of all, maintenance was carried out on the existing document management portal. Then from 2009, the existing collaborative layer was replaced by a Microsoft SharePoint infrastructure.
This technology aims to orchestrate exchanges, enable the free-flow of information, and simplify collaboration.
Upgrading Pléiade required carefully-controlled technical transformations, as Pléiade is not just one simple communication site.
Firstly, it is aimed at a very important user group, including all central administration officials, regional education authority staff, and external partners. This called for a seldom-implemented technical architecture with heavy data transfer, affecting key elements of the infrastructure, for example authentication procedures and high-availability.
The challenge created by such technological complexity was particularly arduous at the launch of the new version. All components had to be up-and-running on the launch date for all project participants, without any service disruption for users.
- Pléiade has become a reference in the education field
- Used by 6000 central administration officials
- Promotes collaboration and access to information