Committee Meeting Management Software

FOI Number: FOI22123

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Published on 6 December 2022

Ref: FOI/22123 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST 

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request. 

Please find below a summary of our findings. 

Request 

I am currently researching the digitalisation of the UK’s public sector – with a focus on committee meeting technology. I wanted to ask a few questions regarding this: 

1.How do you manage your meetings (organise agenda, minutes etc)? Do you use a committee meeting management software such as a board portal (CMIS, Modern.Gov, iBabs etc) or just emails etc? 

2.If yes, what is the name of the supplier? 

Reply 

We currently use the Committee Management Information System (CMIS) to collate our agendas. Once published on our CMIS website an email is then circulated to inform the members of that relevant committee. The minutes of the previous meetings are included within the agenda packs as well. 

Request 

3.If yes, what is the contract expiry and contract review date? 

Reply 

It is an annual contract and is due to expire at the end of April 2023. 

Request 

4.How many users are on the board portal/management solution, and how much do you spend on this? 

Reply 

All Fire Authority Members and relevant Officers have log in access to CMIS. The total for the CMIS contract is £9,289.17 (CMIS support and maintenance = £6,295.44 and hosting charge = £1,445.53). 

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5.What is your cost per user? 

Reply 

N/A as we are not charged per user. It is an annual total for hosting, support and maintenance. 

Request 

Could I also kindly ask for contact details for the best lead regarding this? 

Reply 

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