How we chose Sitefinity

In 2015, a group of web professionals from throughout the university came together to choose a new, more robust content management systems (CMS) to replace SharePoint. The group's work – which drew input from all four CU System campuses and was documented publicly online – led to the a recommendation to Chief Information Officer Russ Poole and the selection of Sitefinity as the new CMS for the university website. On June 13, 2016, university leaders approved the selection, and the CMS transition began.

 


 

Criteria for CMS selection

  • Positive user experience for visitors to our university website
  • Positive experience for non-technical web content editors
  • Option to customize the CMS for university needs
  • Ability to integrate CMS with enterprise systems (like SalesForce) and social media technologies
  • Specialized functionality, such as blogscalendarsforms, analytics and multi-language support
  • Ability to transition to the CMS expediently
  • Capacity of Office of Information Technology (OIT) to implement and support the CMS


Priorities for CMS implementation

Universitywide priorities:

  1. Positive user experience
  2. Integrated experience across campuses and units
  3. Ability to easily locate each campus
  4. Easy navigability to priority components

CU Denver priorities:

  1. Prospective students, applications, admissions and enrollment
  2. Current students, retention and persistence
  3. Information for parents
  4. Information and services for transfer student information, business and community influentials, alumni and potential donors
  5. Easy access to research activities and information
  6. Representation of faculty and staff

CU Anschutz Medical Campus priorities:

  1. Current student, retention and persistence
  2. Prospective students, applications, admissions and enrollment
  3. Help in finding doctors and medical services; easy connection to affiliates and clinical partners
  4. Information and resources for potential donors
  5. Easy access to research activities and information
  6. Information and services for transfer student information, business and community influentials, alumni and potential donors; promotion of destination health care concept


Our path forward together

Implementing a new CMS depends not only on the choice of technology but ultimately on our ability leverage our talent (you!) to adopt and maximize that technology. As a university, we are committed to Sitefinity as our centralized CMS. The CMS transition team has developed a CMS transition process to support both the university mission and your needs. Together, we can make this CMS transition successful.

Perks of Sitefinity:

• Easy-to-use, drag-and-drop widgets

• Unified branding and themes

• Improved website accessibility

• Automatic responsive design

See why we love Sitefinity.