Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Barnsley supports slicker, smarter decisions with FME

Barnsley Council was already an established user of geospatial information but many of its geographic information systems existed in separate siloes and the processes that supported GIS were often manual and laborious.

With 1Spatial training and consultancy, the council used FME to develop over 100 new, automated processes that replaced repetitive manual tasks.  The council also used FME to improve data sharing, dissolving the boundaries between departments and driving greater collaboration and insight. FME has enabled Barnsley’s GIS experts to spend more time developing new solutions and less on fixing old problems.  What once took a day, can now be delivered in half an hour.

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Barnsley Council driving efficiency with 1Spatial and FME

Barnsley needed to migrate more than five million documents from its legacy document management system (DMS) to Microsoft SharePoint and avoid the need for a costly renewal of the DMS licence. Barnsley needed a versatile solution that could handle the council’s large number of document scenarios.

Drawing on in-house skills and experience – supported by 1Spatial – the team used Safe Software’s FME to migrate documents and properties to SharePoint. Barnsley estimates it has saved at least £50,000 in the migration and ended up with a more user-friendly, more customised solution as a result. FME has also enabled Barnsley to provide staff with greater functionality and more actionable information within SharePoint.

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“The council needed to do more with less. With fewer staff in the council, we started thinking about how to make life easier for  people, how to create better processes and how to put more information at people’s fingertips.”

Riley Marsden, IT Systems Manager | Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

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