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Case Study Details

The Challenge
An Australian based Government Health department (ICTN) faced a challenge to be able to build a community of organisations such as Hospitals, Universities and Industry to share information, resources and facilitate activities associated with increasing student training capacity within the Australian Capital Territory, Southern NSW and Murrumbidgee Local Health Districts in Australia. The organisation needed to start this process from the beginning as this was a new initiative starting in late 2011. They needed to establish a means of being able to do this quickly and with a limited budget.

How We Helped
spaarks were initially engaged to build a Lending Library application which would facilitate high end simulation equipment to be shared amongst the Canberra community. To be successful as a new initiative the ICTN realised they needed many problem areas to be addressed such as :

Development of Brand Identity and Guidelines for the ICTN
Selection and hosting of a content management system which could be used for hosting of the organisations web portal
Development of the website including guidelines, training and templates for the ICTN so self manage their content as well integrating with Google Analytics for detailed analysis of people using the website and tools.
Development of an innovative Lending Library which is used to support the Simulated Learning Environment which is one the key areas of their business.
Spaarks were able develop all of these areas for the ICTN due to their diverse skills and desire to help their clients achieve their goals. They worked closely with the client using workshops and an agile development approach to ensure a fantastic result for the ICTN. Spaarks also presented key findings to the governing organisations which helped the ICTN with measuring the success of the programme.

The Technical Details
The extranet system was developed in using an Umbraco CMS and Microsoft .NET technologies and SQL Server. The solution utilised dev express to present data in various easy to use formats for the client.

The Result
Within a short period of time the spaarks were able to meet tight deadlines which enabled the ICTN to be deliver a ground breaking programme to the Canberra Community. The ICTN have openly acknowledged that spaarks stepped up to the challenge to be able to provide them with an innovative approach and a great result which has been recognised within the health sector. Refer to The solution continues to evolve into using innovation at the forefront by looking to utilise mobile technologies and augmented reality in the next stages of development. All in all spaarks have delivered and continue to deliver bright ideas for the ICTN which drives their organisation forward.

Client Testimonial
“Our organization engaged with spaarks mid 2012, to build a lending library. After initial contact we were delighted that not only could spaarks offer the expertise to build the library but also had the capability to build and brand our website. See

It was the diverse skillset that awarded them the contract.

I found spaarks provided an individual solution that met the needs of our network and through a cumulative process with my team. Every meeting outcome was focused due to the extremely tight deadlines that the project was under.

Spaarks knows the market and this shows in the products and service. Spaarks are very responsive, solution focused and respectful of an organisation’s knowledge – and are able to bridge the gap to provide relevant IT solutions.

We will continue to work with spaarks in to the future and would have great pleasure in recommending them to other organisations.”

Jennie Gordon, Director, Workforce Policy and Planning, Integrated Clinical Training Network (ACT Region)