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Team Member Spotlight: Al Osifade

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 29, 2016 1:24:33 PM / by Lauren Janik posted in AMS Integration, Ektron CMS, Web Development, Team Member Spotlight, Episerver, Sitecore

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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.

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Avoid Website Redesign Failures: Unite Strategy, Design, and Development

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 2, 2015 10:00:00 AM / by Frank Klassen posted in Web Development, Web Strategy

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Common practice for website development is to separate projects into three components – Strategy, Design, and Development.  These components are almost always planned and executed separately and distinctly from each other.  For example, an organization will start a website redesign effort by devising a strategy for the new website through internal discussion and collaboration, sometimes informed by member feedback, or through hiring an outside firm to help build the strategy.  Next, the organization's marketers hire a design agency to develop the visual design (look and feel) of the site based on either a new corporate rebranding effort or on the existing brand, using a new information architecture and interaction design (UX) for the site.  Sometimes the design agency participates in the strategy development – sometimes not.  And finally, the organization, often through its IT department, hires an implementation firm (or uses their own development team) to turn the resulting design and architecture into a fully functional website.

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Today at 2pm: Ektron Developer Office Hours

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2015 3:16:53 PM / by Chris Statler posted in Ektron CMS, Web Development, Announcements, Web Strategy

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Ektron has graciously invited me back to present on their Developer Office hours today at 2pm. Last time I joined Ektron for this live segment, we discussed the newly built Ektron Personify connector widget. In a similar vein, this time I'll be talking through Integrations in Intranets and Extranets.  

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Ektron Office Hours On-Demand: Intranets and Extranets

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2015 3:16:25 PM / by Chris Statler posted in Ektron CMS, Web Development, Web Strategy

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Last week I joined James Stout on Ektron's Developer Office hours to discuss integrations in intranets and extranets. As promised, the session was record and available on demand. You can watch below:

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Featuring BICE: A Pro Bono Nonprofit Website Redesign

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2015 3:07:44 PM / by Christie Gunden posted in Web Development

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We're proud to announce the website launch for Bajja Initiative for Community Empowerment (BICE). This newly redesigned website was a pro bono project for a truly incredible organization, and we are honored to take part in their mission. 

Below is a post from Mark Walenta, a volunteer at BICE:

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Three Keys to Successful Ektron Projects

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2015 2:53:40 PM / by Mike Groh posted in Ektron CMS, Web Development

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Here at Brightfind, we know that delivering innovative Ektron projects depends on the ability to collaborate and communicate with our awesome clients. We pride ourselves on doing great work, but it can be easy to assume that "Brightfind knows what you want." In reality, for your project to be successful, you’ll need to be engaged in the process, informed on updates, and interested in walking with us from start to finish.

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The Three C's of Successful Project Management

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2015 2:52:31 PM / by Venkat Nindrai posted in Web Development, Web Strategy

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As someone who has been involved in IT and technology projects of all shapes and sizes – as a business analyst, a programmer, a team lead, and a project manager, I have seen my fair share of successful and not-so-successful projects. If I were to think of the successful projects as organic vegetables and the passage of time as a vegetable juicer, there are three ingredients that will always come out of the juicer. I like to call these the three C’s of successful project management.

1. Communication

(image source: http://www.dilbert.com

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Top Reasons to Consider Responsive Design

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2015 2:41:14 PM / by Vince Tardy posted in Web Development, Responsive Design

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Responsive design (RWD) is an approach to building websites that provides an optimal viewing experience across a range of different screen sizes, from desktop to mobile. Although in it’s early stages, RWD has rapidly become an industry-standard method of developing mobile-friendly websites. As mobile devices are becoming the primary means of online browsing, more organizations are realizing the importance of providing the best viewing experience possible across a wide variety of devices and screen sizes. For organizations considering mobile options, let's consider how responsive design can help your organization:

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What is information architecture, and what does it mean for my association?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 22, 2015 2:40:35 PM / by Christie Gunden posted in Web Development, Information Architecture

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Information Architecture (IA) is the structure and categorization of content and navigational elements on a website. It involves organizing, labeling, and cataloging information to help end users find content quickly and easily.

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