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Project highlights


Improved current UX & functionality  

Architecture & development planning

Back end integration for future needs

HuFriedy Group Digital Transformation

 

Background

When Hu-Friedy and Acro Media began working together, the scope of the project was wide and ambitious. This multi-level project included a new look and feel for Hu-Friedy's website, as well as:

  • Adding comprehensive and adaptable product catalogue functionality, with the potential for future commerce capabilities.
  • Hu-Friedy needed large-scale software integrations for the website and sales portals to talk to essential legacy systems.
  • The global expansion and addition of location & language-specific websites.

Everyone was excited and ready to dive right in. All teams were ramped up and ready to roll. In fact, the project had progressed on quite a few fronts, but it seemed that COVID-19 had other plans.

Like almost every organization around the globe in 2020, Hu-Friedy faced a paused budget for their digital projects. Some organizations would have put large-scale dreams on hold and waited to see the outcome of the pandemic.

Fortunately, Hu-Friedy nor Acro Media were fans of that approach, preferring to look at the project with a new set of eyes. The adaptability of both parties led to a flexible solution based on the client’s budget and timeline while keeping the future in mind. 

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Objective

Add a customer-friendly product catalogue to Hu-Friedys’ site, improving the user experience.

Update the back-end functionality and continue building for the future of the site.

They knew what their customers wanted in an online experience: 

  • Personalized catalogues based on user types, country location and the user’s language.
  • The potential to purchase online, rather than by phone. 

And they understood their business objectives: 

  • Integrate existing legacy systems with the site.
  • Continue building for the future while staying budget-minded due to the pandemic.

The challenge was designing a solution that met all internal stakeholders' (accounting, marketing, logistics, IT, C-suite) needs, as well as enhancing the experience of their customers.

Hu-Friedy wanted:

  • A clean, updated website with improved UX design.
  • Integration with legacy accounting and ERP systems.
  • Global expansion of language-specific sites, including automatic translation and market-specific personalized catalogues.

Solution

Work together to build a flexible plan that allows for the new budget and timelines, while building for the future.

The first step involved breaking the original project into new, budget-friendly phases. while keeping the future build needs in mind to avoid any duplication of effort.

  • June 2020 launch
    • Updates to the existing Drupal 8 code, reskin and updated UX for the website with behind-the-scenes functionality for future growth opportunities.
  • Future launches
    • Launching a user-specific consumer portal with access to personalized catalogues, news and specific content.
    • Integration with legacy accounting and ERP systems.
    • Specific language sites, each one leveraging the technology used in the first to get to market faster with less expense.

Outcome

An updated website with a solid plan and architecture for future growth.

This flexible solution allows Hu-Friedy to: 

  • Get much-needed updates to a dated website.
  • Build for the future while being cognizant of current budget restraints and uncertainty due to the ongoing pandemic.
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Project takeaways

While the project parameters had to be re-assessed and re-worked, the result is still something to smile about. 

  • A new, refreshing design and user experience.
  • Essential data connectivity of new and legacy systems.
  • A bold and exciting plan for the future.

What this project has showcased so far is the absolute importance of flexibility by all parties involved.

By working intimately with the Hu-Friedy team, Acro Media adjusted to their needs, while still delivering exceptional value and keeping the future of the original project scope in mind.

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