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Coventry University deal with vast volumes of content that they had to manage from all of the schools and colleges in their charge, as well as being a suitable platform to launch all manner of different services and products for the University community. The requirements ranged from full and granular security of group profiles through to offering personalised content to both individuals and groups. Usability and accessibility of content were key requirements both for contributors as well as site users, as was the ability to syndicate content to other sites and reusing content appropriately on their Intranet, StaffNet and other Extranet systems all running on Unix/Linux platforms.
Coventry offered this as a formal tender. We were asked by our Swedish partner company, Polopoly, if we would provide any build and integration services required by the tender. This we did, and after long hours of meetings, Coventry chose the our partnership from hundreds of other company solutions.
Polopoly is also used by Sheffield University and is fast becoming the industry leader in Java based CMS solutions.
The initial framework product had to be ready for August 2003, a period of just a few weeks, for all of the content to be added by the Coventry staff. With the in-house group providing graphics and html, Twinrock built the system templates to project plan as well as providing a test system, while the Coventry IT team built the live servers assisted by our operations group. By providing a solid base, Coventry’s decision to choose Polopoly means that their platform is secure and stable and can scale to take in all of their future requirements over the next few years. In addition Twinrock continue to help out the Coventry team, providing consultancy and advice as needed.