A New Year resolution that will last!
Over the last few months we’ve been working hard to design and develop a great new version of ALISS that will help people find and share resources that support health and wellbeing. We’ve had some great independent support along the way to validate our technology and help us grow and learn as a team. We’ve some great opportunities in our grasp and we want to make sure that 2017 starts with a strong, positive focus. We’re looking to the future and making sure we do the best we can for people with long term conditions, unpaid carers, disabled people and people wanting to live well.
We’ve been running development cycles building our new product, testing and ensuring the feedback and learning goes into our work. We are driven by delivering the best service and product and we plan on releasing our beta website (another name for a testing website). It’s important to remember that we’ve not just decided to change and it’s a “nice thing to do”; we’re changing because we have gathered years of important feedback from stakeholders, GP’s, Community Links Practitioners, local practitioners, pharmacists and you. You’ve told us what you like and what doesn’t work as well as you want. We’ve listened and we’re now ready to show you what we’ve been doing.
So what does this mean for you?
On the 06 January 2017 the ALISS service is introducing some exciting new changes. From this date, account holders will notice a difference as to how you access the ALISS service and the majority of features will be moved to our new website. This means that the current website will no longer support features such as signing up for a new account, logging in to a current account, adding a new resource, or changing an existing resource. These features will all be available on the new beta website.
On the current website you will only be able to use the search feature to find resources that have been added before 06 January 2017.
Rest assured you’ll be directed to the beta website where, if you’re an existing account holder, you will be able to log in using your normal ALISS account username and password. If you want to sign up for a new ALISS account you can do it on the beta website and you will be able to add a new resource using our new and improved approach. You will not find all the resources that are on the current ALISS website at this stage, but we value the work that has gone into adding these and were working hard to make sure that we can transfer as many possible, whilst ensuring they are compatible with our new beta website. The resources that are added to the new beta website will not be searchable on the current website, as it’s our plan to phase it out. Rest assured, there will be plenty of notice and support available for our account holders and stakeholders before that happens.
If you have an ALISS API, an embedded search box or a customised webpage this service will continue to work. Please see the Beta launch technical FAQ for more technical information.
We know the look and feel of the new beta website will change as the whole point of releasing is to get your views on how it looks, how it works and what you think will make it better. Rest assured, all the information added to the new beta website will be saved.
It’s a really exciting time for everyone involved with ALISS but we also appreciate that change can be challenging. By focusing on the person looking for local support that will help them live well, we’re completely confident that what we’re doing is right. We’re sharing all we do with you as we need your support and input to make ALISS the best place to find and share resources that support health and wellbeing in Scotland. We welcome your patience and support over this period and if you have any questions or concerns please just get in touch.
By Douglas Maxwell
ALISS Programme Manager