Alder King

Alder King

Intranet for commercial property agency and consultancy

Alder King is an independent commercial property agency and consultancy based in South West England. With its head office in Bristol, the company also has regional offices in Swindon, Gloucester, Cardiff, Exeter, Taunton and Truro. Working across multiple sectors and providing a range of services, the company needs an intranet that provides reliable, up-to-date and easily accessible information and guidance.

Netsight originally worked with Alder King in 2005 when we developed an intranet using version 2 of Plone, an Open Source web-based content management system (CMS), and implemented a range of custom functionality including Single Sign-On (SSO) integrated with Active Directory. As the intranet was hosted in-house on a Windows server managed by the Alder King IT team, Netsight provided remote support for the intranet application and its SSO integration over the next years.

In 2013 Netsight and Alder King started to discuss a major upgrade of the company intranet, to significantly improve the existing functionality and design. Specifically the plan for this upgrade was to implement a range of advanced features provided by our proven set of Plone extensions called intraCORE, which we developed for quick and easy, cost-effective, and feature-rich deployments of intranets. Some of the many benefits to be delivered by this upgrade include: enhanced security; significantly improved speed; more granular, role-based access control; more powerful search functionality; excellent ease-of-use, with a new graphical HTML editor and a more polished and engaging user interface based on ‘responsive design’ principles.
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Working closely with the Alder King project team to agree the details of the upgrade implementation plan, Netsight tweaked intraCORE functionality and design to meet the specific requirements of the company. We also coordinated with the company’s IT team in managing a secure and smooth upgrade of SSO functionality, including improved integration with Active Directory (all users were automatically provided with enhanced user profiles, populated with data programmatically derived from the company’s LDAP database).

After the re-launch of the intranet, the Alder King project team reported that company management and staff were delighted with the improved design and functionality delivered by the intranet upgrade project. Since the re-launch Netsight has continued to support the intranet application remotely, with the Alder King IT team having responsibility for maintenance of the underlying VM platform on which the new intranet runs. As usual in cases where companies wish to manage hosting arrangements directly, Netsight’s strong experience and expertise in systems administration as well as all aspects of SSO / LDAP / Active Directory integration makes it possible for us to provide as much technical assistance as needed by in-house IT teams, in ways that complement their own in-house skills.