National Academy of Sciences

Web Consulting & Support for Leading Society Focused on Advancing Health, Science & Education

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TBG & National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private nonprofit society comprised of distinguished scientists, engineers, health professionals, and other experts. Established by an Act of Congress and signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, NAS has become a leading source of expert advice to the government, further advancing health, science and education. The NAS created the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1970 and is tasked with asking and answering the nation’s most pressing questions about health.

NAS / IOM looked to TBG (The Berndt Group) for an evaluation and consultation on their site’s existing Sitecore implementation, which was performed by another vendor. The organization had been experiencing various performance and stability issues with components within the site. TBG’s forensic analysis revealed that the site had a number of issues, including poor organization, inferior load and performance, server architecture issues, and security and database maintenance concerns. TBG created a full detailed analysis of the site and recommendations to ensure that the NAS / IOM site followed Sitecore best practices, enhanced usability, and improved performance and functionality.

Live Site

What We Did

Technology Partners

Site Enhancements

Site Enhancements

As a result, NAS / IOM contracted TBG to perform development work to fix the known issues as well as additional development work. Additionally, NAS / IOM worked with another vendor to create a publication page, but the work was not completed. Drawing from our previous work, TBG developed a highly flexible publication page consisting of multiple templates and sublayouts that the organization can use in a mix-and-match fashion to create a large scrolling page with in-page navigation. TBG also implemented a security patch during this project to bring the site up to the highest Sitecore security standards.

A Strong Partnership

A Strong Partnership

The analysis and publication page implementation work was so successful that NAS / IOM contracted TBG to perform the full site security risk implementation, as well as additional hosting and development support. TBG and NAS / IOM worked very well together, with a high level of engagement from the organization, setting the stage for ongoing work together.