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Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation

Award Category 
Drupal Version 
Brief Overview 

MAPI has a layered membership structure which made single sign on with Avectra Netforum - their Association Management System - technically more complex. Ensuring that MAPI users can easily and quickly access information was key to the success of this project. Usability was acheived with a combination of a well thought out information architecture and a solid content strategy. The flexibility of Drupal allowed us to use tagging and taxonomyused to show publications, and easily integrate with back end systems to bring key information to user fingertips. Created a slick resource lbrary where many different types of publications/resources lived, could be viewed and purchased, including featured publications.

Launch or Publication Date 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Key Modules, Theme, and Distribution Used 
Drupal 7.X, Organic Groups, Display Suite, Features, Context, Views, Webform
Why these Modules, Theme, and Distribution were Chosen 

Organic Groups were used since site users could belong to one or more councils with special content access to members.

Owner's Name 
MAPI - Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation
Development Company 
Balance Interactive
Balance Interactive is a full service digital agency established in 1997. We are a Small Business Administration (SBA), Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and a State of Virginia certified woman-owned business. We work with associations, corporations, and government agencies strategically use online technologies and approaches to better communicate and engage with customers. Our approach to websites, email marketing, social media and mobile technology is designed to make all aspects of the online ecosystem work together to create impactful experience.
Why Drupal Was Chosen 
Drupal was chosen due to its easy of Single Sign On with an Association Management System (AMS) with a very complex membership structure (custom module) and integration with a Group funcitonity, content editing, and taxonomy driving dynamic pages.
Describe the Project (Goals, Requirements, and Outcome) 

The goal was to redesign a site, maintain 26 different ""council sites"", and to focus on MAPI's publications and deep knowledge base on manufacturing issues.
The outcome was a site where members easily logged in to see councils they belonged to or had access to, and a site that highlighted and showcased the knoweledge at MAPI and their research and publications.

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