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Software Package Selection and Implementation – Web Publishing

Customer:

The Industry Leader in Outdoor Recreation & Publishing

Project Objectives:

  • More easily create dynamic web-based applications – with real-time interfaces to back end customer databases
  • Work with the back end’s  .Net application architecture
  • Reuse and repurpose the existing wealth of publishing content (tradional print and online)
  • Empower editors to make changes to publication sites reducing dependency on technology teams
  • Increase speed/productivity of web-oriented development

Approach:

  • Identify major stakeholder expectations/constitute a project Steering Committee
  • Develop package requirements using FfP’s software selection framework, combined with our WCMS requirements template
  • Select the WCMS (Web content management system) via comprehensive RFP process including extensive reference interviews as well as a proof-of-concept
  • Blend the technical teams by combining Vendor and Client staff
  • Apply Agile development approaches to the package implementation process

Results:

  • Identified significant disconnects in expectations between senior executives – then worked to establish a set of shared objectives through a well-defined project charter
  • In three weeks, developed a comprehensive set of prioritized (with weights) requirements that were agreed to by all major stakeholders
  • In the same three weeks, identified initial list of eight major software vendors
  • In two more weeks, had a short-list of three
  • Final selection was based on references, responses to the RFP, as well as a proof-of-concept simulated web site
  • Managed the teams through successful package implementation using Agile methods

What the Client Said:

“”FitforProjects surpassed all our expectations in helping us to select and implement  a new web content management system.  They wasted no time in establishing a project organization that included our senior executives, business staff, and external vendors.  They delivered consistently on their promises, communicated well,  and seemed to anticipate our needs …”
Joe Daquino, SVP Online Marketing, Outdoor Recreation Company

 

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