We are having our Christmas party today, so there is a festive mood in our office in the GEC as we put up decorations while enjoying some office beers. There's nothing as refreshing as an office beer, that's a fact!
Ger, our new intern, has been taking up the slack on a few of our smaller projects and helping John triage support cases. This takes the pressure off our other developers and also doesn't throw Ger in too deep. Ger is also improving some of our internal management systems.
John has started working on some additional features for the RPA web apps. He also put some new features live for Blue Portal. Blue portal is run by Bandwidth and allows local councils to analyse foot and vehicle traffic using CCTV. Blue Portal is another one of our successful Intelligent Transport projects.
I have been continuing to work with the FSAI on 2 projects. We recently upgraded the FSAI website with a new version of Ektron. Website users wouldn't have noticed any changes, but the underlying Content Management System was long overdue an upgrade and the process went very smoothly. We are also working on a new iteration of the MenuCal system which will be launched early next year.
Most of Tomas' time over the past few weeks has been spent working with IKEA. We are preparing for a new version of the Kiosk system and he has been putting additional tracking into the system so we can measure performance and the user journey better. He has also been doing some smaller pieces of work with Acquirer Systems.
Sales and business development have taken up a lot of Martin and Trevor's time of late, as they prepare for 2015 and we line up new projects and clients. There is lots good news coming from them, but that will have to will remain hush-hush for now.
In other news, our beloved Pinchy has not been returning the love for us, as she's been trying to escape. Here is some footage of one of her attempts.
It took me a bit of time to upgrade certain part of the site (mostly the blog), but it was worth it as we're finally running our own website on the latest version of umbraco.
I posted about the release of version 7 almost a year ago. The main upgrade is to the backend UI which has been given an overhaul. There is new functionality we still need to take advantage here, but I'm liking what I've seen so far.
We've been working hard with a lot of our existing clients (CIS,
IKEA, FSAI & Gift Voucher Solutions). The summer has kicked off
and so have a lot of new projects.
Martin has been working with
CIS over the past few weeks, he's been consulting on
a technology strategy for their product platform (CISOnline). We plan to integrate
cloud-based SAAS platforms with CISOnline which will result in a
more efficient business process for CIS, allowing them to manage
their ever-growing customer base.
A new Gift
Voucher Solutions project has started, with
John taking on his first end-to-end project here
in Dovetail. He has been working closely with Dawn in GVS. They are
doing a total overhaul of the existing system, with an emphasis on
improving the Customer Experience (UX) and changing to a
responsive design which will work much better on both
mobile and desktop browsers.
Trevor and Tomás have
been working on a new IKEA Project. This is Phase 2 of the IKEA FAMILY
Kiosk project. After two years live with the current
implementation, we have analysed, measured and learned. We are now
applying this learning to "Phase 2". We are focusing on customer
experience for the IKEA FAMILY member, trying to improve the
customer journeys as they use the kiosks. We want to make these
journeys more enjoyable, faster and clearer than before.
Greg was working separately on a small IKEA
project which will be going live at the end of the month.
Greg was also doing a lot of internal work, adding
functionality to our customer
support portal, and improving our internal reporting system
"Hawkeye". Today is his last day, as he's taking some time off
before heading back to college in September.
I have been floating around a bit, working with
John on the User Experience design for Gift
Voucher Solutions. I have also started an Ektron upgrade
project for the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. We are upgrading
their website Content Management
System from version 8.0.2 to version 9.1.
This afternoon we'll be kicking off our summer office party and
BBQ. It also doubles as a farewell to Greg and
welcome drinks for John. We're fully stocked with
beer and cider, so it should be a fun one.
Craft beer delivery aided by Trev's sweet bike
We recently won the tender to develop a new website for Horse Racing Ireland on their Ektron CMS platform.
Irish Champions Weekend creates one of the richest weekends on the international racing calendar with over €3 million prize
money across 16 races including 10 Group Races (5 Group 1s) over two fantastic days at Leopardstown and the Curragh on Saturday and Sunday, September 13th and 14th.
After a few weeks work with HRI Marketing and IT, we have put the site live and we're delighted with it. Ektron as a platform was a breeze to work with and the client can now update the website using a tool with which they are already familiar.
We took advantage of SmartForms within Ektron to allow the customer granular control of the content and making available on the website in a structured way. The site is built with Foundation and works well across all devices (Desktop, Tablet & Mobile).
Irish Champions Weekend.
In fact it's here, in RC mode. We haven't installed it yet, but we are very excited about some of the upgrades that come with newest version of Umbraco. Umbraco is our go to Content Management System and allows us to integrate with our custom software seamlessly for our clients.
We love umbraco. We've used it as our CMS since version 3. In fact, one of our clients still uses version 3 and it's still working perfectly for their needs. But over the years, the backend management site has become quite cumbersome and was definitely in need of an overhaul. The workflow for the backend starts to creak when a site/blog starts growing in size. The new version promises to solve a lot of those problems by using more of a wordpress style for handling large news archives or blogs.
Management of media and images is also drastically improved and we know that these features will be welcomed by a lot of our clients.
Our own marketing website (this one, the one you're reading right now) will likely be our testing ground to get used to the new UI and features of Umbraco 7. Once we're happy we can deliver it as part of great software solutions to our clients with it we will begin the rollout/upgrade.
Visit the site at http://tri.ie/.
The site running on the Umbraco CMS, a very easy to use open source content management system. We run a number of small sites with umbraco.
Congratulations to EuroStar Conferences who today launched their 2010 Conference programme. This year's conference promises to be even bigger and better than 2009, all helped by the administrative systems provided by Dovetail.
The website is running on the Umbraco CMS, a very easy to use open source content management system. We run a number of small sites with umbraco. We have also integrated this into a custom ecommerce system.