From small Scottish company to game-changing digital innovation
Sitekit was founded by Campbell Grant as Bambi Engineering Ltd in 1989 on the Isle of Skye, providing computer control systems for the oil industry. The company’s remote location led to the development of expertise in electronic communications, file exchange, bulletin boards and early email systems as well as control systems.
With the advent of the World Wide Web, the business began to focus on internet, e-business and multimedia solutions and changed its name to Gael.net Ltd to reflect this change. Gael.net earned a reputation for innovative solutions and excellence in customer service, producing numerous award winning websites for commercial and public sector customers.
Software guru Chris Eckl joined the team with a vision to build a dynamic website management system to enable non-technical users to directly manage their web site via a simple browser interface. Sitekit CMS v1 was launched at CeBIT in Hanover and was an immediate hit with customers.
Such was the success of Sitekit CMS, the company was renamed Sitekit Solutions Ltd to reflect the company’s total focus on Content Management and with a clear goal - to become the leading provider of web content management tools. Sitekit CMS v3 is launched with a totally new architecture and user interface.
November 2006 saw the launch of Sitekit CMS v7 which was designed to lead the CMS market through advances in natural search engine optimisation, software usability, website standards compliance and multilingual control in more than forty languages. Sitekit CMS v7 was launched and immediately won the International Information Industry Award for Innovation in Content Management. Sitekit was also a Deloitte Fast 50 Winner for the fifth year running.
The R&D division Sitekit Labs was launched to research intelligent web applications.
The Labs was opened by Prof. Mike Grandinetti of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who became a Sitekit Labs fellow.
A growing focus on digital health saw the launch of the InnovateUK funded dallas (Delivering Assisted Living Lifestyles at Scale) programme. Sitekit were involved in driving all four dallas seed projects, building on the work of Sitekit labs to take the lead in creating the Mi (More Independent) and Living it Up self-care platforms – designed to enable people to self-manage long-term conditions and improve their health using tailored support and a circle of care.
Identity and Access Management (IAM) emerged as a fundamental building block in digital, with the Mi (More Independent) and Living it Up Self-Care platforms marking Sitekit’s foray into the identity space. Sitekit sign up to begin testing Microsoft Azure AD B2C identity platform.
September 2012 Sitekit opened a new office in Edinburgh's Leith area to support expansion in the Scottish market and recruitment of additional staff. It was also the year of our successful symposium on the 'Future of eHealth', which Sitekit organised in collaboration with Napier University.
A year with many highlights, including eRedbook receiving clinical validation from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the release of Sitekit CMS 10. Sitekit also joined the Mi (More independent) partnership in Liverpool, creating a platform for interconnected health and well-being apps and Personal Health Records.
An important year for Sitekit. The first field trial of the eRedbook is commissioned by the head of Public Health Commissioning at NHS London.
Sitekit’s identity test case proves successful, with the strategic decision made to refocus one of the companies’ core competencies on identity. The company signed up its lighthouse client, Nuffield Health, that year with Lloyd’s Register and Bupa following close behind.
Sitekit began deploying Microsoft Azure AD B2C platform in different sectors. The Home Office, Department of Work and Pensions and Kent County Council are signed on as clients via Sitekit’s Microsoft Gold Partnership.
That same year the first wave of trusts in London went live with eRedbook, with further commitments to continue the London field testing.
The eRedbook rollout continues with the product poised to begin national rollout with NHS England.
Sitekit identity continues to win new clients and expand its offerings across sectors, developing a Local and Regional Government (LRG) Citizen digital identity platform in collaboration with Microsoft.