Software and cloud based tools for extranet project

Extranet project in Scotland

With a server and cloud based tools hybrid, a large budget of around £40 million, this was a large project working with IBM who were the leading the technical project. This was a more traditional server deployed software than fully cloud based tools. It was a fully agile environment with an international on-site project team of 110 personnel. My day to day management of resources included web publishing team, marcomms and brand and product stakeholders. It’s called Adviserzone and you can see it here. See full history of previous projects.

Adviserzone webpage offering cloud based tools

What needed doing

In addition the stakeholder management, there was the co-ordination of all website content, dynamic, rich media as well as optimisation content, legacy content and new creative content streams from agencies and other suppliers. I helped schedule the CMS build and deployment, working with technical design architects on the new portal technology using Agile scrum. Finally working with an external agency Dare London to define information architecture and site structure to align with user journeys.

The key starting point using cloud based tools

When the Programme Manager at Standard Life asked for a status report after I’d audited my part of the project he looked concerned. My predecessor had failed to understand some very basic concepts of website planning. Luckily being a Content Wrangler and capable expert with cloud based tools, I was able to turn things around quickly for them.

The project itself was professionally run with IBM in the driving seat

Release 1 delivery of Adviserzone a large 500 page CMS Extranet website. A large project working with IBM who were the technical leaders. A fully Agile/Waterfall environment with an international on site Project Team of 110 people on-shore and 50 offshore.

My key role

Day to day stakeholder management of the content resource including; Web Publishing, WebSphere Retail Ecommerce, Marcomms,  & Brand, Product Stakeholders. The co-ordination all website content; dynamic, rich media, optimisation content, legacy content and new creative content streams from agencies and other suppliers.

Advising on CMS build and deployment, working with Technical Design Architects to build and help deploy new portal technology. Working with external design agencies; Big Mouth Media and Blackad. Defining the Information Architecture and site structure to align with required user journeys.

Defining and establishing BAU operating models. Working on several sub-projects within main project. Scheduling multivariate testing sessions. WebSphere, Agile, Prince II, MS Project, Excel and Silverback.

 

Laurence Dunn