Timing is everything: How we’re evolving our business model

Just over 20 years ago, the World Wide Web as we know it was just emerging. The dotcom bubble had yet to burst; Yahoo and eBay were barely a year old, and Google was just a twinkle in the eye of Page and Brin.


An early site we developed for Castrol

It was into this climate that CompanyNet was born. When we were founded in 1996, there were immediately lots of exciting new business opportunities to service – particularly building websites and portals, often based on Microsoft technologies.

Bespoke software development was the name of the game, and we enjoyed the challenges and satisfaction of coding custom systems.

Platform-based development

Ten years later, inspired by a Microsoft Partner Conference, the business articulated a bold new strategic direction – platform-based development. Custom code was becoming relatively expensive to build and maintain, and new options were becoming available to customers, challenging the established business model. Platform-based development would become the basis of our future success.

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Transforming public sector services with a bold digital vision

The Scottish Government’s new digital strategy for public services reflects our experience of delivering a solution with one of their most innovative teams.

The Scottish Government recently published their Digital Strategy for Scotland, which sets out a vision for a modern public sector where digital technology underpins positive organisational change.

While the freshly-launched report contains many of the well-worn clichés we’ve come to expect of government, I couldn’t help but be struck by the many parallels between the narrative and the experiences of one of our customers – the Scottish Government’s own Digital Transformation Service (DTS).

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