Searching for the Moon

Shannon Clark's rambles and conversations on food, geeks, San Francisco and occasionally economics


Posted by shannonclark on October 21, 2002

On the revamping of websites

or how do you ever get this right?

This afternoon we started the process of rewriting our corporate website. Our goal being to more clearly communicate all of what JigZaw does. For a first step we have changed the look and feel to be more easily read and printed. We also updated such sections as our Jobs pages and the like to but accurate and up-to-date.

Now comes the hard parts – how to describe and summarize all that we offer and do it in an action generating manner.

JigZaw is a software company. We are a consulting firm (with extensive ties to other partner consulting firms offering everything up to and including temporary CIO placements, overall technology strategy, very high level eCommerce experience, Six Sigma and Balanced Scorecard consulting etc). We are a contract development shop offering skilled developers in most languages and platforms (with the ability to partner with firms to organize teams of nearly any size and of nearly any skill sets). Internally we have very deep web experience, very solid PHP developers, AI experts (myself), C/C++ developers, VB experts etc. We have Linux, Sun, Mac, and Windows experience.

The list goes on, basically we have very skilled staff on hand, and can add to that staff quickly based on project need.

Furthermore, we now have a backlog of already written software and software components which we would very much like to license and/or sell (including the possiblity of including the sourcecode). This software ranges from a collection of web/portal framework components (such as smart forms, innovative user interfaces, user login modules, user prefences system, portal framework and navigation system, a series of useful portlets) to a set of serious AI/Information Extraction systems and applications.

Our software we would like to market to two primary audiances. First, clients as a means of jumpstarting projects we do for them (i.e. rather than have us rewrite it, use our existing modules as the basis for work we do for them). Second, other software firms (and/or other development shops) either as code for their clients, or as components of solutions they are developing. Especially in the case of our AI/Information extraction technologies it is ideally suited for being a component of a large solution – one that is far cheaper to licence from us than to invest the many man years it would take to write and, and the skill level it would take to understand the underlying techniques and research (what we have today in working form is the result of nearly 2 years of research and many many years of development time and effort).

So, your comments and feedback as readers of this journal are much appreciated.



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