Auckland University of Technology (AUT) is New Zealand's newest university, with nearly 24,000 students across three campuses in Auckland, Manukau and North Shore cities. AUT identifies itself as "the university for the changing world."
The AUT web team were frustrated by the limitations of their current CMS. AUT needed a web presence that reflected its leadership in technology and its identity as the university for the changing world. AUT also needed a modern intranet solution that would enhance staff collaboration and productivity.
With the business demanding more online services and the current web publishing system unable to deliver AUT needed a CMS that was powerful, fully featured and flexible but cost effective. The solution needed to provide AUT with the capability to be largely self sufficient after the initial implementation so that they were able to manage the majority of development work in-house and not be forced into contracting the vendor to perform any minor development work required.
AUT's list of system requirements was well researched and formidable, including:
- Edit audit trail
- Content approval
- Granular privileges
- Login history
- Session management
- SSL compatible, SSL logins, SSL pages
- LDAP authentication
- Multi-level hierarchy navigation with no limit
- Friendly URLs
- Template access
- WYSIWYG editor with spell checker
- Asset management
With great design skills in its small but talented web team, AUT looked around for a CMS and implementation partner that would support their web strategy, impose no design restrictions, and work in partnership with them.
Given the high number of content editors within AUT, it was identified that an open source CMS solution with no licence fees or per-user costs was required. But the CMS product also had to have proven implementations in universities around the world, a clear product roadmap for future-proof investment and the implementation partner needed to be able to provide genuine 24/7 support, commercial warranties and a full Service Level Agreement (SLA).