Harvard Business Publishing
Publishing company unifies all web content under Hyland's Alfresco platform, promoting anytime/anywhere web publishing and eliminating IT bottlenecks.
Harvard Business Publishing (HBP), a wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University, has been improving the practice of management through a wide range of publications. Key to the success of HBP is the ability to develop new and innovative products, foster community around existing products and services, and attract new audiences to its websites, including Harvard Business Review, Harvard Business Publishing and HBR’s e-commerce site.
HBP faced a host of challenges related to its digital publishing enterprise. Managing its aging and disparate legacy systems used to run its websites was proving to be unstable. Routinely, the system caused downtime, integration hurdles, IT bottlenecks and escalating operational costs due to personnel overhead and software licensing fees. A lack of easy-to-use web publishing tools hindered the editorial staff’s ability to contribute fresh content to the web and, consequently, limited HBP’s ability to drive site traffic, ad revenue or e-commerce transactions.
HBP recognized the need for a robust content management platform that would empower business users and integrate with existing systems, including enterprise content repositories, search and merchandising tools, e-commerce systems, ad networks, web analytics and community building applications. HBP sought to provide a cost-effective yet robust foundation from which to address its current and emerging editorial workflow needs. HBP needed tools to make it easier for each business unit to publish content to their individual websites while maintaining overall control of its high-value material.
The implementation of Alfresco platform enables us to publish new content quickly, push ownership and responsibility out to each publishing unit and provide total site control with minimal IT involvement. Rivet Logic did this by structuring Alfresco so that corporate marketing has control over the look and feel of the sites, while individual business units have the editorial control they require.
— Martha Stephenson, Senior Project Manager, Harvard Business Publishing
HBP selected and deployed Hyland's Alfresco platform to unify all web content under one robust and stable platform, promote anytime/anywhere web publishing and eliminate IT bottlenecks by shifting publishing control from technical support teams to individual business users.
Rivet Logic, an Alfresco Strategic Partner, implemented and customized Alfresco platform for HBP. Rivet Logic helped HBP define a hierarchy of content and associated metadata that was modeled within Alfresco platform to help optimize content delivery to the web in the form of improved search, navigation and dynamic functionality to further enhance the site visitor experience.
Alfresco platform enables HBP to more effectively reinforce its brand with easy-to-use templates, metadata inheritance and shared content. HBP can generate broader awareness of all content and digital media products while maintaining a common branded look and feel across the sites.
Using the Crafter Rivet WCM application on top of Alfresco platform, HBP has the flexibility it needs to assign business units and end users the necessary editorial control over web content, site management and presentation. A shared web project allows HBP to maintain enterprise-wide branding consistency, while individual business units manage all sites and microsites using separate web projects that contain content for each business unit.
Web editors and producers have a flexible authoring environment and the ability to preview in-context changes made to any web page. Crafter Rivet WCM integrates with the Alfresco platform repository, providing editors with easy access to product catalog content and other enterprise content for publishing.
Rivet Logic implemented a Java-based content delivery system that seamlessly connects the presentation, application and content repository layers for high performance and scalability. A service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach addresses the need for single sign-on support, while enabling integration with a variety of systems, including a blogging platform, e-commerce system, an XML repository (for HBR article content) and community platforms. Integration with a third-party search engine offers powerful faceted search and navigation functionalities. This approach also meets standards-compliant XHTML/CSS requirements, maintains SEO-friendly URLs and allows for straightforward integration of web analytics.
- HBP can better leverage the value of its branded content, including articles, book chapters, blogs, podcasts and videos.
- HBP enhanced the visitor experience with improved navigation and faceted search, along with much faster website performance. HBP has expand its revenue opportunities by increasing site traffic and offering dynamic content.
- Business users can publish dynamic content faster to the individual sites.
- HBP can develop products faster, bundle existing products more efficiently, and generate new revenue opportunities by increasing site traffic and offering richer, fresher and more varied content.
- HBP broadened community appeal and increased repeat site visits by encouraging outside editorial contributions using the blogging platform.