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Like me, you probably live and breathe technology in both your personal and private life. The fast pace of change is a source of exhilaration, but at times requires certain adjustments, especially when new technologies change the way we do business. Such is the case with Sitefinity by Telerik, which makes content management so accessible to business users that it makes development firms like ours necessarily shift the way we approach projects.
Before long, Telerik was making a splash with an out-of-the-box version of Sitefinity complete with a module builder. It gave business users options right on their dashboard for creating modules for News, Events, or Blogs. There was even an e-commerce module that let you set up online storefronts where your customers could make purchases. Equipping users with tools like these put a lot of pressure on developers to up their game as it seemed there was less and less need for some of their lower-level services.
Once again, Telerik is one of the first software companies to capitalize on businesses’ need to not only have a mobile strategy in place, but to have the ability to adapt that strategy quickly—without always having to get help from developers (Somewhat scary, I know). As of now, Telerik is the only company with a content management system on the market that’s integrated with mobile. Sitefinity is already so easy to use that incorporating mobile web pages and mobile apps into the familiar user interface will be possible by business users.
From a developer’s perspective, there are three ways the new Sitefinity 6.0 makes life easy for business users. You can check out demos of the specific features on Telerik’s website. But, generally speaking, the new capabilities include:
But shall all these enhancement be perceived as a threat to developers? Certainly not.
I actually think of the process as similar to the way factory automation seemed to threaten jobs at first, but actually ended-up freeing workers for careers in creative and knowledge fields. Developers are still a great asset for set-up, configuration, customization, and when you need to build out the presentation layer of your site. Though Sitefinity’s rapid advance into the mobile market may make people at development firms just a little uneasy, our jobs are safe for a while. At least, I keep telling myself that.
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