Professional Services and Procurement

As Free & Open Source software, you can acquire freely and implement as you see fit. However, you can choose to purchase professional services to implement on to your content management system, to help migrate between platforms or to manage other parts of your project.

Professional Open Source software is backed by providers who can offer commercial-grade services and solutions to assist with your project. Below is a list of typical professional functions that may be involved with the implementation of This ranges from ad-hoc advice to full site integration services.

Service packages will be available in G-Cloud 8 which is due to become active 1st August 2016.


For larger or more complex projects, a scoping session enables understanding of the overall project requirements and determination of success criteria. The work includes detailing immediate needs as well as longer term and future needs. The findings of the activity also provides costings, time-scales and road-maps, with a second detailed analysis focussing on technical requirements.


During integration, the project can be delivered on a staging (UAT) platform which allows live migrated data to be deployed to fully test and demonstrate the outcomes.


Automated and human testing should be undertaken at various stages during the build phases.

Project management

Projects allocated with a "Project owner" have greater chance of success. Where appropriate, projects should be delivered with tailored PRINCE2 principles such as organisation structures, project governance, roles and responsibility and exception escalation procedures.

Support and training

A support package is recommended during the final phase of the project and pre-release. Out of hours and round the clock support may also be preferable.

Hosting enables flexible hosting options including:

  • At customer site
  • Cloud hosting
  • 3rd Party hosting

Where to buy can be acquired through the G-Cloud 8 framework as of the 1st August 2016.

Alternatively and associated services can be acquired directly from OpusVL - the creators. Website: or by phone on 01788 298450.