At Brightfind we take hiring seriously. Our employees must be smart, yet willing to learn more; confident, yet willing to venture outside of their comfort zones, and ambitious, yet willing to step in to help with minute tasks. They must embrace our collaborative culture while also being able to work independently. And when Brightfind meets such talent, we know we have to earn their employment.
When it comes to writing RFPs, there is a process I follow:
- Stare at a blank Word document.
- Google how to write an RFP.
- Click on a shoe ad.
- Click back to the RFP search.
- Walk to get coffee.
Before issuing an RFP for a new CMS and web design, it’s important to ask yourself these 5 questions. After quizzing yourself, it is time to get to know potential vendors. Ask about their company, processes, and relationships before making a commitment. Their answers will enable you to choose wisely.
The mere thought of an RFP for a content management system (CMS) and web design is overwhelming. Before you hit pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, you have to do your homework. Start by asking the following questions:
Episerver’s flagship conference held in Las Vegas last week was entertaining, professional, and inspiring. However, if you attended the same conference in 2015, then you would already know that's exactly what to expect. And it’s nothing if not a learning experience, whether you’re uncovering features of the product, their strategy, or simply where we all are as an industry and a community.
Here are a few takeaways I brought back through the haze of good times and air travel.
By far the biggest and most universal concern when making any platform change for your website is, “What happens to my content?”
For developers, this question comes in a couple of distinct forms. “How do I move the content models over?” and “Where to I start?” We’re here to help answer both.
The materials and ideas reference below were presented at Episerver Ascend in Las Vegas, NV on February 28, 2017. Therefore, what you’ll find are not only code samples for how the same content can be modeled in both Ektron and Episerver, but a complete guide to building out those models (and a bit more) in Episerver.
For this article, I’ll cover first a high-level overview for how to consider your move to Episerver before getting into the specifics of the materials.
We took a look at Brightfind’s highly viewed blogs, heavily attended events, and most downloaded resources, to compile a round-up of the topics that most interested you in 2016.
Brightfind is pleased to announce Al Osifade has joined the Brightfind team as the Manager, .NET Development. Al brings with him great experience in software project management, requirement analysis and technical leadership. He has worked in the association industry since 2004.
Meet James Stout, the newest hire at Brightfind. He comes with nearly 11 years’ experience with Ektron/Episerver, four as an Ektron customer and six and a half years as a Senior Manager of Technology and Developer Evangelism. Safe to say, James is the leading expert in Ektron to Episerver conversions.
James is a new hire for Brightfind, but he's been partnering with our team for a long time. Now that he's our Executive Director of Technology and Research, you'll be seeing a lot more of him.
Probably like you, I had a few questions for James. Without further ado, here's the scoop on Brightfind's newest in-house expert:
Many of our clients are wondering about the process of migrating from Ektron to Episerver. Even though this can seem daunting, with the right partners and planning, you can transition to Episerver and meet your timeline and budget. Partnering with your internal IT department, hosting partner, and implementation partner will help you to gather all the necessary information to understand all aspects and the full project scope.We are finding that a clients’ transition from Ektron to Episerver is beneficial for three primary reasons:
- Retaining CMS Partnerships - Clients can, if they choose, retain the same partners and contacts that they are already working with going from Ektron to Episerver.
- Advantageous CMS License Conversion - If you have a current Ektron licensed system and a current Ektron maintenance support agreement, Episerver will work closely with you to give you the best license options.
- Superior Features List - The Episerver platform allows for a high quality, custom website with leading tools for editors to manage their website’s content. This results in powerful content personalization. It also enables you to offer multichannel interaction, extending mobility and engaging through social communication.
Based on our partnership and experience with the Ektron and Episerver CMS platforms, let’s review some of the crucial aspects of an Ektron to Episerver CMS transition.