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  • NMA - Services: Professional Services
    NMA we work with you to build a web platform that is ideally suited to your current and future needs The end result will be a solid foundation that you can build and expand over multiple years Our professional services team provides the skills and expertise to successfully meet your project needs in all web related areas By following a proven methodology that assures the highest quality standards your project will be delivered on time and within budget To accomplish this we offer professional services in the following areas Planning Requirements gathering with identified stakeholders Strategic objectives definition Social media marketing and community building Search engine optimization Design Information architecture End user interface design Usability accessibility and best practice standards compliance Specifications and documentation Development Website development using content management systems Content preparation and management Protoype and pilot project development Data driven web application development eCommerce and systems integration Project management change management implementation management Acceptance testing and quality assurance Technology Configuration and installation of production environments Load balanced fail over ready and data redundant website hosting Support Developer training and support Operator training and support Content management systems that WORK A CMS is probably the most complex project that

    Original URL path: http://www.nma.ca/Page.asp?PageID=1226&SiteNodeID=216&BL_ExpandID=80 (2014-10-22)
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  • NMA - Services: Content management systems that WORK
    A CMS is probably the most complex project that you and your colleagues are ever likely to undertake says Cam Hawkins President and Founder of New Media Architects Ltd This is because your website represents the activities of literally every area of your organization And equally challenging it must satisfy the needs of your website visitors Managing and satisfying the expectations of these stakeholders is a challenge that every organization faces For an association or not for profit institute where many of the stakeholders are volunteers the balancing of interests and agendas is a tricky one Conversely for profit organizations have a common cause profit to unite them but they face the challenge of convincing customers to commit to their product or service For both types of organizations a CMS project carries risks There s a lot of time and money at stake and the expectations are high It calls for a tremendously varied skill set from creative design and business writing to project management and computer programming That s where we come in For more than a decade NMA has acted as a trusted long term web development partner for both collaborative non profit organizations and for profit businesses

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  • NMA - Services: Planning: Key to success
    process of balancing the requirements of diverse groups of people and large amounts of information while incorporating the aims and objectives of the organization It also takes into account factors such as technical capacity time schedules and financial resources Planning input To achieve this balance the planning phase takes inputs from a several different perspectives The diagram above is made up of four perspectives On the left side of the diagram are two business perspectives On the right are two people perspectives The Top down perspective embodies the strategic objectives of the organization as determined by its leadership These must be documented and elaborated on with respect to the other three quadrants of our circle Note that the strategic objectives may not be directly applicable to the website Nevertheless they are our guiding principles The Internal perspective will give us some idea of how the strategic objectives will apply This is the perspective of senior managers and staff from the various divisions and departments of the organization Understanding how each department interprets the strategic objectives will help determine a consensus across the organization and discussing their vision for the new website will involve them in the process The Bottom up perspective looks at the information we need to present or in website terms the content It examines how content is managed within your organization and where it is placed on the current website At the planning stage we start to identify content that is integral to achieving the strategic objectives We also identify the stakeholders within each department who may be content sources The External perspective is often the most challenging as we need to place ourselves in the position of an end user To help us with this we create a set of user profiles that describe the different

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  • NMA - Services: Design: Conquering the redesign
    provide your design team with the key elements upon which to base your design Whenever a design question comes up you can look to the objectives to find the answer Chances are if it s not specifically mentioned in the objectives it s not worth spending too much time on When your design embodies your website objectives you should be able to point to your design and then point to a specific objective This can come in very handy during the approval process when explaining a graphic mockup to a business person The website objectives will guide two of your three design principles your priorities and your connections Priorities are often represented by objects that embody the key messages you are trying to communicate Connections are the pathways your visitors navigate to the information they seek from you Building a design in stages Websites are multi dimensional They have a two dimensional flat screen image known as a web page But they also have depth That s why we speak of drilling down deeper into a website to get to interior pages Before you create the graphic design elements the look and feel of the homepage being the most important you need to know the multi dimensional components that will be part of that design and how those components are organized That s why we create two preliminary design documents the site map and the wireframe layout The site map Represents the organization of web pages on the website It doesn t have to show every page on the site but it does have to show the pathways that a website visitor would take to browse for information Uses boxes with names to represent the pages and lines to show the connections from page to page The wireframe layout Represents the organization of objects on a given page Many pages share similar layouts and can be templated use the same basic layout But the homepage is its own beast with a unique and complex layout and that s usually where we start Uses boxes with names to to show how the various key message objects and navigation components are laid out on the page Even at this early stage the site map and wireframes must be tied directly to the website objectives so that they inform the final design document the graphic mockup The graphic mockup Follows the same layout as the wireframe Incorporates branding elements such as logo corporate colours and key messages Adds images and graphic designs to make the page come alive Brings out the priorities and connections as points of interest on the page Together these three documents make up the Website Design Specification Following current best practices in web design To successfully re design your website you must also look beyond your organization s unique website objectives After all you re not alone Every organization faces the same challenges and each one is trying to build a better website In fact this evolution has been

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  • NMA - Services: Development: Building the foundation
    the website sitemap and starts out as a document of headings and titles very much like a table of contents Whereas a sitemap can be prepared with a variety of applications spreadsheet graphics program presentation program etc this outline makes use of a word processor In addition to page titles the outline also identifies content areas within specific pages for example a boilerplate description of your organization on the homepage Websites which require a thorough review and or re write of content can use the outline to begin point forming the new content Here again the website objectives can be mined to identify the key points that should be made Content can come from a variety of sources From the previous website from marketing and sales documents from business and marketing plans anyplace that relevant current and approved material can be found At some point as the content outline is built out it evolves into the content specification Now you re fine tuning the content prior to laying it into the cms The pages begin to look exactly as they will on the finished site complete with images formatted text and links The content specification can also be used for an internal review and approval process It can also be a good source document for the translation of content by a third party service NMA typically plays a support role here guiding you as you build out your content outline and specification However with start ups or with new initiatives we can play a more hands on role to speed the creation of effective high impact contact Website Population Here s where it all comes together The content from the specification is input into the website content management system This is called website population Again NMA plays a guiding role

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  • NMA - Services: Technology and Support
    many of our clients are capable of managing the hosting of their applications Others prefer to leave the management of the technical side to us Our data center just minutes from our Toronto development office is a safe secure accessible place to host your Website In either case we will make sure your application is up and running smoothly that you have a data backup schedule and that updates are managed with ease Support One of the benefits of using Baseline CMS is you that don t need to call us to make changes to your website you can easily do it yourself Sometimes though it s nice to have help That s when you can call NMA Whenever you want help Our technical support program ensures a speedy answer to any question you have Email us or call us directly All of us at NMA are experienced Baseline CMS users and we re happy to help you out Our hosting program eliminates the technical headaches for you We make daily backups of your website data and we host your website at a top tiered telecommunications building with multiple connections to the Internet All said you shouldn t have any

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  • NMA - Our Clients: Canadian Blast
    Baseline CMS Development Cascading Style Sheets Overview FAQ Glossary of Terms The Benefits of a Content Management System Home Clients Case Studies Case Studies Canadian Blast Text size Launched January 2010 www canadianblast com Description CIMA formerly CIRPA is the trade organization representing the independent sector of the Canadian music and sound recording industry and the collective voice of independent music in English speaking Canada Project Description Canadian Blast is a pilot project web portal created by NMA for CIMA with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation and Canadian Heritage Its purpose is to build a database of Canadian artists for presentation to the international music industry As the database of artists releases and performances grows CIMA is developing and integrating two online communities The first consists of independent business representatives of Canadian artists who are actively exporting Canadian music and the second is the international music buying community The portal will also incorporate an Eblast engine that will allow CIMA staff to manage targeted distribution lists of representatives by filtering their contact information properties The pilot project supports two international music expositions MIDEM in France and South by Southwest in the US Email a friend Print Feedback

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  • NMA - Our Clients: Commission for Environmental Cooperation
    Mexico and the United States under the North American Agreement Free Trade Agreement NAFTA The CEC was established to address regional environmental concerns help prevent potential trade and environmental conflicts and to promote the effective enforcement of environmental law between the three countries NMA participated in an open and transparent RFP process and was selected to consult design develop and support CEC in a complete re design and re architecture of their 8 year old website Together with CEC Information Services and Communications managers NMA conducted a series of interviews with program managers Their purpose was to give each manager an opportunity to participate in the website development process The consultations were conducted as an informal S W O C analysis strengths weaknesses opportunities and challenges A summary report was prepared following the meetings and delivered to senior management There were two key outcomes from this exercise With NMA s strategic support Communication and Information Services were able to determine an approach that would fairly and accurately represent the needs of all programs on the website a consensus Each program manager and their staff felt they had a stake in the new website and a role to play going forward

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