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2009
A curiously colourful Umbraco .NET intranet
Advanced Metering Infrastructure = Smart electricity meters. This Melbourne-based power utility was one of the first in the state to rollout a serious number of experimental smart meter installations to suburban homes. Curiously, no-one was more skeptical about various aspects of the smart meter technology than Jemena's own employees -- many of whom were rightfully concerned about job redundancies due to the new meters. So the company wanted to develop an all-encompassing intranet devoted to the rollout, providing information about the scheme to all staff -- hence the colourful look. Unlike most intranets it could not afford to be boring, it had to 'sell' its product as effectively as fizzy cola. Originally approved as a complete Flash (yes, Flash!) intranet solution after engaging an agency to develop the concept, this idea was later canned and became instead a .NET solution using the open source Umbraco CMS.

Working with a content manager, I had to create the Umbraco templates from scratch based upon the general look and feel of the Flash-based visual design documents. An interesting challenge. I used Javascript/JQuery to enhance the site with some eye-candy sliders, tried the Raphael JS vector library for some minor animation, styled the whole affair with CSS, prepared a large number of multiple-state graphics and did quite a bit of after-care tinkering in ActionScript with the one tent-pole Flash presentation that had survived the move to Umbraco. I completed the solution by delivering useful documentation on content management and database migration for the site.