5 years after I-Next was founded we came to the decision that our core strength was digital technology. We changed direction to focus our strength to help other, more creative and consumer focussed, businesses to build digital solutions (websites in those days). We’re still working with a number of the agencies we started with over 20 years later.
According to LinkedIn over 85% of the 28,000 agencies offering web development services in the UK have ten or fewer people. Web development is a fast moving and skill intensive area, so what challenges does this create for these SME developers? Having worked in the industry since 1995 I have summarised the challenges I see into 5Ps:
This week two things hit my inbox that grabbed my attention immediately. The first was the very informative ‘Hacked Website Report 2017’ from Sucuri and the second was a humorous post on LinkedIn about the learning curve associated with Drupal, which included the phrase ‘poor old Drupal’. In isolation these were easy to deal with, but what leapt out at me was the clear link between the two, and that is what prompted this short article.
Digital projects have some unique characteristics that make building teams to deliver them a challenge:
Having spent over 20 years delivering digital projects, I use a simplified model of the project process and an approach which categorises the skills required within that model to help me resource digital projects and communicate resourcing requirements with stakeholders.
It has been fashionable for the past few years to market many online systems by adding the as-a-service (aaS) suffix to whatever it is you do. When the I-ntarsia system was first developed in 2003 it was simply an online content management system: convenient and powerful. Soon. however, marketers on similar systems got working and we became an Application Service Provider (ASP) and that was just the start.
Having started building websites for clients in 1995, we quickly discovered the benefits of using standard platforms for site management. We didn’t find a solution to meet our needs then, in particular the commitment to CSS as a core of the edit process. In 2003 we launched our own content/website management system, I-ntarsia™.
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I-Next has been delivering web projects since 1995 and since 2003 the I-ntarsia platform has been providing a high performance, stable delivery platform for our customers to deliver their web projects on. We are uniquely placed to understand what is needed to deliver a successful web project, and we have the wealth of experience in managing the challenges created by the terrific pace of change in the industry.