When it comes to building digital products, we face two kinds of problems:
- common problems: very similar across contexts and which commodity solutions exist for
- uncommon problems: unique to a particular policy area or locality, which need us to invent something bespoke
We’re always looking for more impactful ways to use our time and skills. Previously, we would lean on the excellent and much-loved Ruby on Rails framework for nearly all digital product development. But as we deal with increasingly complicated and wide-ranging challenges, we’ve been exploring alternatives that give us more of a head start on those common problems.
Strap in for a rather nerdy look at what we’ve been investigating recently.
Managing content at scale
Content management systems are cool again.
We recently delivered a new “find support near you” tool for Buckinghamshire County Council and explored options for redeveloping their adult social care webpages. With these, we took the opportunity to test new approaches to technical product architecture.