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Drupal Content Management Services from Assyst
Assyst has been one of the early adopters of Drupal Content Management System and has been active in Drupal development. With a strong and dedicated team in Drupal platform, Assyst is your ideal partner for Drupal Implementations for Web and Mobile.
By: Ram Prasad
Assyst has extensive experience in implementing Drupal content management systems (CMS) for government, non-profit and commercial organizations across the globe. Today the walls between an organization's Web Content Management, Enterprise Collaboration, Document Management and Records Management are crumbling, as these disparate systems can be brought together within a successful CMS implementation. This in turn allows organizations to communicate their message internally and externally in a timely fashion, listen to their clients, employees and partners, drive web traffic to their site and allow visitors access to what they need easily without compromising security. We believe that this is one of the key factors that an organization needs to pay attention to while aligning their strategic goals with their business objectives. When implementing a CMS we focus on a number of key factors some of which include:
• Delivering an elegant and rich user interface
• Enabling social collaboration
• Ensuring scalability and security
• Enabling Search Engine Optimization and Analytics.
User Interface Design
First impressions are very important for visitors. Our web designers focus on ensuring that the pages have a simple, uncluttered look; that an appropriate blend of images and CSS is used so that it is appealing, light and loads fast; that high-priority elements are given visual prominence; that related elements are grouped together logically; and that the overall visual statement is in tune with the objectives of the website.
We engage world-class designers for building high-level, sophisticated Web projects. Our experienced design team develops and designs systems that not only seamlessly blend form and function, but also engage users as they interact with the site. Thus we focus not just on the visual impact, but also on the usability and utility of the site. In the current day and age a good website should not only engage the site visitors by communicating the message effectively on the current page but also promote related context sensitive information through appropriate use of navigation menus and sidebar links.
It is critical to ensure that accessibility of information on the website and navigation within the site are possible for all users irrespective of the device used. More and more visitors use mobile devices to visit sites and it is important to make websites mobile ready. Our designers have extensive experience in building sites using Ajax and HTML5 to ensure that the sites display well on mobile devices.
The key to Content Management is providing content producers /authors the ability to contribute, and editors the ability to review/approve and publish content as quickly as possible. Depending upon the context, the content that needs to be published may need several levels of approval. CMSs provide a way to do this, but the planning and the execution of this requires a partner who can plan, design and execute a roll out that addresses users, roles and permissions in the workflows. Our Content architects adopt a partner approach, understanding our clients’ needs and objectives, and providing the ability to quickly publish content, while ensuring that it has been approved at the right level before being published, Web, Tablets or for Smart Phones.
Organizations today must not only be able to communicate to users who visit the site, but must also provide visitors a way to communicate back. Users may want to register their appreciation, provide suggestions on the blog or comment on an announcement or news article within the site. Site visitors may be a client, a business partner, an employee or an alumnus. Providing visitors a way to interact and reach out to the right people instantaneously is a key facet of modern enterprise content management systems.
Scalability and Security
High availability with minimal scheduled maintenance time, and scalability which is a measure of how quickly visitors can still get information even when there is a spurt in the number of visitors on account of some special announcement, are critical components in website design. Your website is also the main gate to your virtual organization with all types of visitors (welcome and some not so welcome) trying to get through the main gate. Our web architects have extensive experience in ensuring that the site is scalable, and secure against vulnerabilities at all times.
Search Engine Optimization and Web Analytics
In today's virtual world an organization's web site should be able to pull to the site potential clients, business partners and other site visitors who may be looking for information or services that are related to your organization. Most site visitors get information by using popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. Our SEO specialists help organizations build the relevant search tags for every section or page so that it is ranked higher on the search lists.
Our expertise in Drupal CMS based web development has matured over the years, enabling us to enhance the usability, security and accessibility aspects of websites along with improving traffic and increasing business. Our approach is flexible enough to address the requirements of simple brochure type websites to complex web applications. Our website portfolio includes a number of sites developed for government and commercial establishments using various CMS frameworks and Social Networking tools.
We keep adopting the latest development methodologies to ensure faster delivery and better quality. We use an iterative development process based on an agile framework while building websites. This agile approach gives us the flexibility to accommodate changes to business requirements at any time between the iterations.
Our implementation methodology streamlines requirements analysis, planning and conceptualization into a single phase. Our design and architecture strategy results in high-impact but lightweight websites that are quick to load, aesthetically appealing and search engine friendly.
Our agile approach includes processes for defining the inputs, outputs and desired outcomes, and our project plans include project controls that remove risk, optimize throughput, promote early adoption, and ensure full-scope realization. We split large Drupal projects into more manageable sizes and assign small highly motivated teams to develop the solutions quickly.
We are aware that the development of a successful website relies heavily on how it is designed. This includes functional design, software architecture, business process or workflow design, user interface design, and database design. Web applications design requires effective integration of software engineering best practices and human computer interaction design principles. This will result in high reliability, availability, security, and rapid interactive response. With our flexible approach and vast experience in building websites, we can deliver any type of Drupal based web application specifically tailored to suit an organization's business needs.
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Advanced Software Systems Inc. (Assyst) is a global CMMI level 3 information technology solutions provider with a track record of successfully delivering end-to-end IT services to Federal, State and Local Governments and Fortune 500 companies. Our experienced functional and technical IT professionals are driven by a passion for technology, and share our Vision of being The One-Point Source (TOPS) in catering to the computing needs of our diverse clientele.
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