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.
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 Since the legacy BNS software represented by several outdated systems incompatible with each other could no longer meet the needs of BNS editors and reporters, the company requested content management system development. The objectives set included:
The customer needed an easily extendable yet enduring solution that could serve for another 10 years requiring no investment 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 content management system development covered a wide range of functional modules, from editing digital content to event management. BNS editorial system allows to manage multimedia data and an extensible set of meta information in compliance with industry-leading IPTC Media and NewsML standards.
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, Itransition assembled a content management system development 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.
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