Brighton Council and its subsidiary CouncilWise were pleased to accept a 2018 Local Government Award for Delivering Excellence from the Local Government Association of Tasmania. From the LGAT mdeia release (available here):
"Recognising a gap in the market for a specialised software product to manage the core functions of Local Government and the challenges associated with bringing an external provided up to speed on Local Government’s specific needs, Brighton Council took the unusual step of supporting a staff member with programming experience to write a new solution. The result was a specialised Local Government user pays software program created under the Council owned subsidiary named Microwise. Page 2/2 Other councils in Tasmania, Australia and internationally quickly became interested in the product and it began generating significant revenue for Council.
"Brighton Council recognised the need to successfully market their product and created a second subsidiary CouncilWise. CouncilWise quickly gained clients in Tasmania, Australia and internationally. In 2017 Brighton Council went entirely serverless, moving CouncilWise to the Cloud. Going cloud based meant reducing costs by removing server infrastructure and eliminating the risk of server crashes and the need to backup files. Excitingly, Council was then successful in negotiating an international business deal to develop and promote the CouncilWise product’s deployment in the cloud with Microsoft in the Australasian region.
"By forming a company and going to market with its software solution, Brighton Council went from being simply a consumer of Microsoft services to an actual commercial partner, and this is of greater benefit to ratepayers."