SDL Tridion Chosen as New Web Content Management Provider

SDL Tridion Chosen as New Web Content Management Provider


The Public Affairs’ Web Services team is pleased to announce the purchase of a new web content management product, SDL Tridion. After months of research, review of proposals, campus committee demonstrations and product installation, Tridion was determined to be the best product to fit the needs of the campus. Tridion is well respected by Forrester and Gartner research groups and considered one of the world leaders in enterprise web content management. Web Services is confident that this is a robust product that can grow with the campus and its needs for years to come.

I would like to thank the campus committee members for their attendance at the demonstrations and willingness to participate in the hands-on review process. Their valuable feedback helped Web Services make the selection.

Tridion features include:

• The ability to make changes on what looks like the live web page –
(What You See Is What You Get or WYSIWIG)
• Red lining or version side-by-side comparisons
• Task approval through e-mail client
• Quicker deployment of changes
• Content dynamically generated
• Easy to reuse content in multiple locations
• More flexible template design

Web Services is coordinating with SDL Tridion for an implementation timeline to begin this semester. When this is finalized, it will be communicated to the campus. The implementation will be a gradual roll-out, like Serena Collage, and will mean that Web Services will be importing sites into Tridion while still maintaining existing sites in Collage. Please continue to make updates to your website in Collage until you are contacted by a member of the Web Services team.

Additionally, the website will be redesigned to incorporate many of the changes that have been requested by departments, as well as put into place the best practices recommended by the web strategy consultant. Sites launched in Tridion will have the redesigned template.

Changes to be included as part of the redesign:

• More flexible content areas with larger screen resolution to fit more content
• Increased video on top level and landing pages
• Social media feeds pushed to landing pages
• Flash designs
• Streamlined navigation
• “Explore” landing pages for colleges

Implementing a new product and launching a new design for nearly 200 websites across campus is a large undertaking that will take time to complete. All of these changes to the website will ultimately provide a better user experience for our internal and external visitors. We look forward to working with the campus to implement these changes and will continue to provide updates via UML Today.

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