Design and build a suite of new content management tools to help the Public Library of Science (PLOS) scale, innovate, and support the future of scientific publishing.
The demand for accessible content that can be reused online was growing faster than PLOS’ workflows could handle. They need a platform to enable creative curation and provide a means to experiment and innovate on content delivery.
PLOS requires a platform to help today’s stakeholders and communities deliver contextualized content, but flexible enough to serve tomorrow’s stakeholders and communities as well.
Cloud City leads an internal PLOS development team, building out the new content management platform component by component. We instill a culture of software excellence and training, and now have an integrated, agile team. Extensive user studies and cross-departmental outreach and cooperation guide all aspects of the final products. Successful deployment of a steady stream of usable features is transforming everyday workflows.
As each component of the platform releases, PLOS' staff gains direct control over content and management is free to push PLOS' mission forward!
From Molly Sharp, Senior Product Manager at PLOS:
Incredible flexibility and willingness to lend a hand — When we found competing firms rigid, Cloud City was the antithesis, accomodating to pre-existing and changing requirements (such as the framework we were using, which changed midway through the project), and working on-site at our location.
Expertise and training — Having launched a project to build all-new content management tools with limited staff, we appreciated the collaboration between our developers and Cloud City's. We got the training and support we needed to get set up quickly and start delivering features right away.
Product Ownership — Everyone on the team truly 'owned' the project, making it easy for me to deliver a good product.
People — Cloud City was not only a good cultural fit but everyone on the team gave it their all. We've enjoyed the experience.
We couldn't have done what we needed without them and I would rate them as phenomenal. I would hire them all over again and have already recommended them to others."
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"Cloud City worked more as partners and part of the team than as outsourcers or a typical consultancy. The relationship started with some free friendly tech advice over coffee and proceeded on to our hiring four engineers at the project's peak. They expertly trained up new staff as we ramped their team down. We were left far better off and more self-sufficient after the engagement than before! Thanks Cloud City!"