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Dot.P goes down the drain. £40 million goes with it.

Government websites currently using DotP, the hosted content management service developed by the Office of the e-Envoy, will be switching to a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution next year, eGov monitor Weekly can report.

Bet the President is .P'd Off with this one

Launched by the OeE in April 2003, DotP (short for 'Delivering on the Promise') is a central technology infrastructure specifically designed to manage and host multiple government websites. The eGovernment Unit expects to support its DotP managed service until March 2006, with departments migrating to a COTS offering from then on.

To jointly achieve this goal, several DotP customers - the Department of Health, the Directgov portal and the Chancellor's Child Trust Fund initiative - have now formed a 'club' with the Department for Education and Skills and the Department for Transport. The DfES, as the lead department, has set the objective as procuring a new e-Communications infrastructure, which will incorporate a content management system package and managed service hosting.

For more on DotP, see the eGovernment Unit's website at:


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