Thursday, May 5, 2016
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM (EDT)
Management / Strategy

Sometimes we build information architecture, content, and governance strategies based on what a CMS can and can’t do. Sometimes we make workarounds to complete workflows due to the built-in feature set. But what if we did the opposite?

Now in its early release with full migration forthcoming, University of Michigan-Dearborn’s digital team launched a Drupal CMS that supports the UX of presentation and authoring along with a multifaceted, emerging digital strategy. We call it PANDA.

This case study is the story of how we developed this CMS. It’s specially designed to allow non-experts to create robust pages with a set of reusable web components. It also has features to support our comprehensive IA, tactics for sharing and reusing content, and a permissions-based content coordinator model.

We’ll walk through how our team worked across digital disciplines and across campus with a variety of partners and stakeholders to identify needs, goals and solutions to develop a product that supports them. We’ll share some of our plans for the future, too.

Hear our development story, takeaways our small team had from our collaborative efforts and see how it all comes together in a tour of the PANDA authoring interface.