Looking back at 2014

CDS takes a look back over our top news stories of 2014.

To start things off we thought it would be fun to share this interesting overview published yesterday by Google. In 2014 people across the globe searched trillions of times.

Google’s annual video offers a great summary of what we searched for.

Our top news stories for 2014


Ebola was the top global news story searched for on Google. We are awaiting approval to publish the full story of our involvement but can announce that CDS is proud to be contributing to the UK’s efforts. We are working together with the Army and in partnership with Microsoft, to deliver digital solutions that will keep our UK teams safe and aid people in danger from this deadly virus.

New clients and projects

2014 has been a great year for CDS. We won several large contracts and brought many new clients onboard including:

Birmingham City Council, one of the largest Local Authorities in Europe, awarded its Managed Printing and Ecommunications services contract to CDS. We also signed the Birmingham City Council Charter for Social Responsibility.

CDS Digital was appointed to deliver the next generation of digital marketing initiatives for Aberdeen Asset Management which manages assets in excess of £320 billion globally, for both institutional and retail clients.

We continued to grow our portfolio of financial services clients. Wesleyan, the financial services specialist for professionals, appointed CDS to provide support and ongoing development for its intranet, which is used by 1,300 staff.

Keele University engaged CDS to provide print services and Template Central.

Borough of Poole appointed us as their Print and Design services provider.

CDS Defence Support delivered the full suite of Army Equipment Support Publications (AESPs), on time and budget, now being used to operate, maintain and support the MAN Truck and Bus SV fleet worldwide.

We launched a new ground breaking Agile project to provide digital services to support the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). In December we also started gearing up for our second new contract with MPS to provide print services. MPS has 31,000 officers, 13,000 police staff and 2,600 Police Community Support Officers.

Staying with the theme of Blue Light, we also supported our Cabinet Office client, ResilienceDirect™, at the UK Technology Enhanced Emergency Services Forum.  ResilienceDirect™ is a solution offering real time information sharing for emergency responders and helps to facilitate multi-agency collaboration – helping to make the UK a safer place.

On the subject of the Cabinet Office, in another project we built the new Government Property Finder website, an easy-to-use tool that maps government property and land. The website is the latest project for the Government Property Unit, and is underpinned by our work as the primary designer and supplier of the electronic Property Information and Mapping Service (e-PIMS), the nation’s largest property asset management database.

CDS was named as a supplier on the G-Cloud 5 framework contract delivered by the Government Digital Service. This follows on from our previous successes as a supplier under G-Cloud 3 and G-Cloud 4. Find out more about all the routes to procure CDS’ services.

The new Transport for London website (www.tfl.gov.uk) was launched to improve the travel experience for more than 20 million website users per month. CDS Digital’s work on the project included the technical development of the Content Management System (CMS) that manages and distributes content on the new website. We also won a separate contract to manage TFL’s print. More to follow on this in a future blog post.

CDS designed a winning solution for National Rail Enquiries‘ website that combines Web Site Management, EdgeCast’s Content Delivery Network and Amazon Web Services to deliver 99.99% availability at the infrastructure and application level, on a flexible web site hosting mode.

Working in partnership with CDS, Middlesex University continued to win recognition for their visionary approach to developing a fully integrated digitisation and managed print service. Following on from winning a BPIF Award last year they won the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA) 2014 Award.
Compelo dashboards

Launched for the 2014 season, which saw British driver, Lewis Hamilton become the World Champion, the new Compelo motor sport dashboards, were built and designed to revolutionise performance analytics in pitlane and commentary box. As a finalist in the data category our innovative dashboard solution for Compelo was praised by the judges and industry peers at the BIMA Awards.

EPiServer Partner of the Year Award

We won the EPiServer Premium Partner of the Year Award. The award was given on the basis of the solutions we have developed and our commitment to the product.

Why pirates wear eye patches, and the lessons for digital transformation

Our Chief Executive, Fergus Bailie answered some important questions about digital transformation in an entertaining and informative blog post.
Eastgate Grand Depart

Le Tour de France

And finally it is certainly worth mentioning that one of the greatest sporting events in the world started almost outside our head office’s front door. The Tour de France Grand Départ cavalcade passed our offices minutes after setting off and to cheer them on our staff decorated our office windows.

Back to Google Search 2014

Want to find out more about what the trillions of searches say about all of us? You can explore what people were searching for in the UK, globally and in other countries including top news stories, business, sport, celebrities, what is…? and who is…? at http://www.google.com/2014.

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