Metropolis and Gotham, A Tale of Two Cities: Two Different Approaches to Enterprise Site Development

MPD6 Management and Professional Development

Location: 102C, Wisconsin Center

MONDAY, 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.

In the last five years, UF Health's web services team has launched two enterprise-wide web projects, supporting six colleges, six hospitals, and twenty thousand staff and students. Our Metropolis was an external web presence supporting more than six hundred websites, built in the light of day as a positive affirmation of our future as an organization. Our Gotham was a new intranet, built on social networking and web best practices, constructed internally and away from the light but nonetheless as important. This talk will focus on the strategies used in building both, a web team that can support both, and the lessons learned in the process -- building and guiding consensus, overcoming the rogues gallery of barriers that pop up, and managing expectations.

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Jeff Stevens
Assistant Web Manager, University of Florida Health

James T. Kirk once said, "Let me help," perhaps the most important words ever said by a human. Jeff Stevens agrees. In his 13-year career at the University of Florida, he's worked to bridge the gaps between students, alumni, faculty, and the public, as webmaster for financial affairs, liberal arts and sciences, and now as assistant web manager for the academic health center, where he is responsible for content strategy and usability for more than 550 websites. He is passionate about cooperative development, iterative improvements, social media, and the Silver Surfer (not necessarily in that order). You can find him on the web under his alias, @kuratowa.