Tiera is a national company owned by Finnish municipalities which provides services to cities and towns - like IT-services. "Tiera webpages" project's idea was to offer municipalities a publishing platform. It would contain a base product which would give the basic functionality and basis for further development like theming plus other customizations. The project was one of the biggest CMS projects in Finland and produced sites to e.g. Mikkeli, Imatra and Kajaani.
TIP Solutions joint the project about after 1.5 years of development offering consultation and development. Biggest problems were faced in multilingual and deployment which were common known problems in Drupal 7 platform where the best practices are really crucial. Reliable and efficient workflow in development also affects to everyday work and therefore the quality and costs. These kind of problems were solved after a while and they are also solved on the bigger scale in Drupal version 8! This does not mean that there are no more best practices how to do development but certainly there has been a huge improvements. E.g. using features are still relevant to build reusable components or how to deploy content between environment.
In the project there were many things made right - like using local, testing and production environments. At the end the workflow was working smoothly and the server provisioning was secure and efficient.
The project was split to individual websites at 2016 and sold to private companies.
In a big scale project development workflow and best practices are relevant. That is why the company and development team has to be specialized to the technique used because struggling with the same problems (like testing and deploying changes to production) every day is a waste of resources.
Carry out a website project in time and budget is hard enough without technical mistakes. Developing things right from the beginning is important because fixing the failures afterwards is really challenging.