There is a thin line between design and development, and as we move into a new decade, this line is becoming extremely blurry. Is it enough to draw beautiful mock ups in Photoshop? Maybe 5 years ago. These days, the average internet user requires more. All beauty, with no substance, gets boring after a while. 2012 is not about beauty, it’s about function. The trends for this new year and emerging decade are responsive design, constant connection and virtual reality.
Running a large SharePoint farm? Multiple site collections? Need to create your global navigation to span across all site collections?
Midrange platforms were one of the greatest IT success stories in the 90’s; symbiotic relationships between platforms, vendors and customers proved to be a critical success factor for both the platform and the application developers.
The value propositions of the midrange platform and the advantage over alternatives, led many enterprises and ISVs to develop vertical applications based on these systems; and thousands of enterprises and ISVs put their trust and future in these environments.
I have been working as part of a team on a project to design and deliver a SharePoint 2010 solution to replace many paper-based processes. We have been required to understand in minute detail the day-to-day processes of a client made up of six discrete business areas.
Following requirements gathering workshops, conference calls and e-mails we understand the business enough to be able to write documentation, design entity relationship diagrams and determine the best technology to use. As part of this process we are also delivering interactive wireframes developed by our Creative team.
At Creative SharePoint we are working on a Line of Business project that uses the capabilities of FAST Search Server 2010 to index selected content from a custom database. The size of the project means that we have multiple development environments, all using the same custom database but using separate installations of SharePoint and FAST Server.