Kämpe’s team evaluated solutions available on the market, and shortlisted a few to provide a proof of concept. “We wanted to recreate portions of www.abb.com in the new platforms and see how long it took and how easy the platforms were to work with,” he said.
“We needed a solution that could be built on top of .NET. On the shortlist were Umbraco, Sitecore, EpiServer and Sitefinity CMS. More than 170 people provided input using a crowd-sourcing tool.
Although some of ABB's developers were impressed by a few of the features of the shortlisted options, they felt the backend lacked appeal and none would satisfy our growth projections. But when we saw the Sitefinity CMS, we knew on a conceptual level that it could take us further.”
Using Sitefinity CMS’s multi-site functionality, the team was able to implement all 111 sites, consisting of country sites, solutions’ sites and multiple portals used for intranets and ecommerce, including languages and personalization, in less than a year. The architecture and premium services teams at Telerik were instrumental during implementation and have been working with ABB to ensure that the platform meets their needs moving forward.
“We have a team in Telerik that is helping us customize the solution and provide advice and recommendations to help us reach our goals to provide an easy-to-use modern platform for editors, with critical support for mobile built into the project,” added Niklas Kämpe.