References

References from some of our projects (excluding NDA projects) which we are especially proud of. In every project we have created something more than in a regular or common project. You can read more details below.

Project description

Savo Consortium for Education is a cluster of schools and educational services at Kuopio area. The website functions as a main information delivering channel and a marketing tool. It is used by the students, personnel and new visitors searching for studying opportunities.

www.sakky.fi was rebuild in 2015 after using the commercial product. The hosting and development costs are now minimal compared to the old CMS without any licence costs. The website was developed by our partner Crealab. TIP Solutions planned and implemented hosting to Sakky's own virtual servers and offered some consultation.

Conclusion

Choosing the right kind of hosting and monitoring might seem like a unimportant thing but it will be one of the most important things while the project evolves and scales. If the site is slow the users don't like to use it or they won't use it at all. A solution that is scalable saves time and costs when more resources or performance are needed.

The loading speed of the site is monitored by our monitoring system which gives the possibility to analyse performance problems.

The CMS is of course TLS, meaning https, encrypted.

Project description

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.

Conclusion

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.

Project description

The Finnish Information Processing Association, TIVIA is an association for Finnish ICT professionals which also has another thirty different member organizations. Members in TIVIA include about ten thousand members and the other interest groups about 400 members.

TIVIA offers their associaties a possibility to have a website from their multisite environment.

In the project the old Drupal 6 multisite was upgrade to 7 because the support to 6 was about the end. Version 8 was not yet ready so the decision was to move first to 7 which has been to be the right decision. To install the new site quickly on hosting platform also Aegir was configured like in the old system.

In the same time when the migration from the old platform was made also a totally new brand for the association was made. The website played a big part of the launching campaign. Other bigger challenges of the projects were Shibboleth -authentication which the users were able to log in the site or to the user management software used by TIVIA.

TIP Solutions implemented the website development, integrations and a new hosting platform.

Conclusion

In a larger project where publishing date is already set and there are many actors the planing and decision making becomes more and more important.

On the technical side time is saved using the right kind of workflow and coordination of work. When the goal and vision is clear and implementation plan agreed by everyone the time and energy can be concentrated on working the product. This is also one of the principle on agile software development which emphasize the development over too much documentation.

The project was launch on time when the right decisions were made what to put on to the initial product and what to leave for further development.