The customer turned to Itransition requesting development of a modernized integrated editorial system providing powerful content management tools and integrated working environment for its editors and reporters.
Baltic News Service is the largest pan-Baltic news agency headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia
Our Customer — Baltic News Service (BNS) — has branch offices in Latvia and Lithuania and represents the leading source of information in the Baltic states. The company employs over 150 reporters, editors, chief editors and translators releasing news items in five languages daily for subscribers to access through a web platform.
To provide reliable in-depth coverage of domestic and international news, the company needed a powerful editorial solution. Since the legacy BNS software represented by several outdated systems incompatible with each other could no longer meet the ever exacting needs of BNS editors and reporters, the company requested development of a robust integrated editorial system. The objectives set included:
The Customer needed an easily extendable yet enduring solution that could serve for another 10 years requiring no investments in further upgrades.
BNS had previously partnered with Itransition on development of the system frontend — a web portal for news subscribers. The results demonstrated by our web development team promted BNS to entrust Itransition with delivery and support of their new editorial system.
The solution was designed to cover a wide range of functional modules spanning from editing digital content to event management. BNS editorial system enables to manage multimedia data and an extensible set of meta information in compliance with industry-leading IPTC Media and NewsML standards.
A WYSIWYG editor is one that allows to see what the end result will look like while the document is being created.
The system provides a highly customizable GUI and easy-to-use content management features comprising:
Event information sharing across the company is organized in accordance with another industry-leading standard - EventsML. The system event management features are represented by:
Administrative facilities provide for:
Workflow support modules include:
The system provides a multilingual user interface, which is vital for a system deployed in three different countries.
To approach the problem and provide an effective solution for it, Itransition assembled a team of experienced developers and a business analyst. Our major challenge was to come up with a system model tailored to the needs of the three company’s geographically distributed offices, considering their specific requirements and business processes.