Lisa Linn Allen is Team Lead for the the Intranet at SAS, the largest independent software vendor in the Business Intelligence market.
She has worked on the SAS Wide Web since she marked up the first graphical version of its home page 18 years ago, and she is currently leading the team through the process of moving all employee-facing Intranet content into WordPress.
Follow Lisa on Twitter: @LisaLinnAllen
When SAS – the world leader in Business Intelligence software – decided to overhaul its Intranet using WordPress as a CMS, the Intranet team first had to design an infrastructure that would allow us to deploy code, configuration and content across multiple installs of WordPress. Unfortunately, no one on our team had much WordPress experience and information on how to create such an infrastructure was difficult to find.
We successfully combined source control, dependency management, and a continuous integration and deployment server into a system that is modern and well suited to Agile development practices. I will talk about the challenges we faced in designing and implementing this system, the important concepts that helped with the design, and the specific technologies we used to make it work.