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Under Jeff IT's Enterprise Systems, the Web Applications & Services business unit serves as a TJU client resource within Jeff IT structure whose primary function is to meet – and exceed – the client’s expectations per the ever-evolving internet/intranet as an effective communications tool. Our focus is customer service in terms of delivering high-quality, high-impact websites by identifying effective solutions based on available and forthcoming web technologies in line with carving TJU’s niche as a innovative medical education leader. The following lists the services offered to the Jefferson Community:
Having a high-quality web presence is a Jefferson mandate. One of the University's long-term business objectives is to have an informative and fully searchable web presence, designed not only to compete, but to exceed our various visitors' needs. It's imperative to accurately communicate what TJU offers potential students, faculty members, researchers and employees via having rich content with updated information about our educational programs and research.
To meet this objective, our charge is to guide our clients in designing their sites per the following considerations.
- Content organization | is the content organized in logical generic constructs?
- Usability | can your target audience find information in a clear and concise manner?
- Navigation to support the 3-click guideline | can the user answer key questions within three clicks?
- Site optimization for faster load times | is the site clear and free of visual and/or distractive clutter?
- Search-engine optimization | the content should be written using vital topic-specific language, and ordered with the most relevant page information at the top of the page.
Our expertise lies in implementing best practices in delivering your ideas – developing navigation, mini-applications, look/feel regarding how to best organize and present content as online communication tool.
The Web Applications & Services group also innovative web applications that employ the latest technology to facilitate the user experience, insuring that business objectives are satisified.
Your site will be built in an enterprise level web content management system (CMS) from Adobe Systems, Inc. The product itself is known as CQ5 and is a leader in its space.
CQ5 is a dynamic, feature-rich environment for the deployment and maintenance of web sites and web pages. CQ provides a user friendly, browser based program that allows end users to manage new or existing web sites and web pages. When fully implemented, CQ5 will provide the ability to deploy new templates, and web site designs. Beyond offering a friendly drag and drop method for end users to create or edit web sites and web pages, CQ5 will allow end users to analyze, and optimize their web content.
Other benefits of CQ include:
- Creative Site and Page Design within
- User Drag-and-Drop Page Component Library
- Text, Image, and Teaser Components
- Dynamic Menus
- Flash and Slideshow Components
- Tables and Charts
- Search and Site Maps
- Multi-Column Layout Controls
- Online Form Builder Components
- Google Gadget Support - Leverage Over 40,000 Pre-Built Gadgets
- Page Templates By Site and Site Section
- Control Over Available Page Components
- Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Driven
- Full Design Inheritance
CQ was selected by the University Web Redevelopment Steering Committee after the technical and functional review of 12 CMS products from both the open source and commercial communities. The review process included on-site vendor demos, as well as on-site hands-on product evaluations by members of the Steering Committee, a sub-committee, Jeff IT and an outside consulting team.
Current plans call for the implementation of CQ whereby all University web sites will be moved into the CQ environment. Site-liaisons will be trained to update and maintain their web content, using this new feature rich application.
If you would like to learn more about CQ and the university initiative, send an email with your comments, questions and/or suggestions to CQ@Jefferson.edu.
Web Application Development
Develop applications to automate recurring requests i.e. order forms, online registration, postings, news, mailing lists, etc.
Database driven content (Changing Information, News)
Increase usability per the build/process-driven discovery – continually honing in on objective.
Collaboration based on client’s varying needs and level of desired interaction, to this end Web .
Applications and Services offer four levels of service:
- full service - strictly a client/agency basis
- limited service - provide the tools and guidance to help clients develop and administrate their site
- support service - address the server and/or ‘back-end’ requirements to enable the client to create their own web site per the web standards
- training – on current technology offered or custom applications built-to-suit
Technologies/Applications employed includes, but not limited to:
- Cold Fusion – dynamic web pages
- Flash – vector based animation
- Spry – dynamic mini-applications to enhance usability
- MS Access, MS SQL, Oracle Push/Dynamic technologies
- Portable Document Format (PDF)
- Satellite Forms
- New technologies, as available, which further maximizes
the effectiveness of the internet
as a means of communication.
Items to consider as you prepare your content:
Key Messages: what is the first and second concept/idea that you want your visitors to capture without ‘studying’ the page
Identify target audience: who are they and how are they reached, what motivates them?
Outline: Organize content from overview to detailed information in delivering your message -- note this will drive the subnavigation of your site.
3-click guideline: Web principle that suggests that a user should be able to find intended or sought out information within 3 clicks.
Concepts/Images: what is the nature of your discipline
Copy/Editorial: who will be the point person in delivering and then approving the content
Less is more theory: you do not want to overwhelm users with too much information, graphics or accessory applications. Particularly at initial landing pages.
date revised 07/19/13
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