Our expertise in the media sector
- Analysis and specification
- Delivery Management
- Client Services
- Product Development
Our expertise in the media sector
Our software products and digital solutions are designed, developed and supported by experts in their fields. Our solution specialists are handpicked from your industry so we understand your business! We engage in the full project lifecycle from inception to project delivery, and offer a range of client services that permit us to develop long and beneficial relationships with our clients.
Analysis and Specification
We believe that good preparation is the key to success.
As is understanding the business objectives and finding creative ways of delivering within the constraints of technology, time and budget.
Abacus specialises in the media market in order to provide insight and find effective solutions based on experience within those markets.
Our analysts draw on the combined experience of our specialists in UI design, information architecture, infrastructure and coding to find the best solution for our clients’ businesses. The end result is a comprehensive specification that covers all bases and makes a firm foundation for the ensuing project.
Our creative team has delivered successful online properties for the last 10 years. We work closely with our clients to understand their business objectives, which helps us create an information architecture that delivers for the business, and works for their users. Our graphic designers create a visual experience to support the brand and our front-end specialists ensure that speed, web standards and accessibility are not forgotten.
We use our in depth experience to help our media clients bring together the combination of technologies best suited to meet their business objectives. Our infrastructure and network specialists work hand in hand with our system integrators to specify and build joined-up and scalable online environments. We build on Microsoft .Net and Linux platforms, and develop client sites and applications around both our own vertical modules and best of breed software products from partners like Autonomy and Telligent.
Service delivery in the online space requires a difficult combination of agility, flexibility and discipline. Delivery on time and to cost is paramount, but we recognise that clients’ changing requirements and priorities, often emerging as a by-product of the delivery process, must be reflected if the commercial objectives are to be reached. Our effective and pragmatic project management input is therefore always balanced by a design-led and necessarily agile approach, encouraged by frequent and transparent communication.
Digital is a dynamic environment, so once the major build is complete, the organic lifecycle of an online property begins. We aim to provide all the resources necessary to maintain and develop that property - secure and resilient hosting; ongoing organic development; software maintenance and support; SEO consultancy; usability consultancy; organic design development.
Our account managers meet regularly with their clients and create a customised roadmap - planning in the resources that will be needed so that we can be sure to respond in quickly.
There is no substitute for genuine market knowledge and Abacus has combined its market experience and development skills with world class technology platforms to develop market specific content management systems. Product evolution and version management is strictly controlled by dedicated product development teams and Abacus invests more than 10% of its turnover on R&D.
As an antidote to the patchwork approach of many open source solutions, all of our products are tightly coupled but, equally importantly, provide web service based integration support for third party product integration.