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Comtrol Corporation

Based in Minneapolis, Comtrol Corporation is a worldwide leader in device connectivity, industrial Ethernet gateways, and intelligent embedded device connectivity products for a wide range of industrial and hospitality applications. Comtrol’s corporate website, which consists of more than 230 pages, utilizes WebGUI functionality for simple, non-scripted content updates and seamless layout control.

Search for a Solution

In 2005, Comtrol Corporation’s website was controlled and updated primarily by Lauralyn Ninow, an internal web IT specialist. Ninow logged most of her workweek maintaining the website and collaborating with the marketing team on updating and adding content. Comtrol needed to find a dynamic, easy-to-use open source solution that would allow the marketing team to update content directly and without web development knowledge, freeing Ninow to focus her time on more important IT issues.

Searching the internet for the most comprehensive and cost-effective solution, Ninow came across WebGUI. Comtrol chose WebGUI as its web services program after a vigorous feature-by-feature comparison and cost-analysis between the dynamic program and two competitors. WebGUI’s open source platform empowered Ninow to develop custom solutions, while the marketing team was able to easily manipulate the WebGUI interface with minimal training and reliable access to Plain Black’s support team.

“The team really loves the content approval system,” mentioned Ninow. “The drag-and-drop functionality is another big selling point, supporting simple image and text application as well as in-line editing and template changes.”

 

“Training the team to manipulate the software took minimal time. They adapted quickly, and we have the WebGUI support team at arm's length if team needs further help.”

Results

Following the birth of her first child, Ninow has successfully cut her web IT responsibilities from 40 hours per week to 12 so she can focus more time on motherhood. Rather than feeding new content to IT staff, the Comtrol marketing team decides how the site and content should be laid out first-hand without the intervention of IT staffers, significantly lowering the chances of losing content in translation. Now, the marketing staff is managing more than 230 pages of web content without the aid of an IT professional.

“Training the team to manipulate the software took minimal time,” mentioned Ninow. “They adapted quickly, and we have the WebGUI support team at arm’s length if the team needs further help.”

Once Ninow had cut down extended use of the original software and control machine, Comtrol found out it was saving around $30,000 on the machine and platform alone. With the WebGUI solution in place, Comtrol has saved close to $100,000 in employee time, equipment and platform costs, and other less cost-effective solutions.

Ninow said, “It would be a waste of my time to work with anything other than WebGUI. The program impresses me every time I use it.”

 

“The team really loves the content approval system. The drag-and-drop functionality is another selling point, supporting simple image and text application as well as in-line editing and template changes.”

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At a Glance

Comtrol CorporationComtrol
http://www.comtrol.com

Location
Minneapolis, MN

Industry
Connectivity Device Manufacturing

Challenge
Find a cost-effective CMS that:

  • Requires minimal IT experience
  • Uses an open source platform
  • Offers easy, reliable technical support
  • Has an easy-to-manipulate interface

Results
WebGUI saved Comtrol close to $100,000 and around 28 hours of the IT staff’s time weekly. The marketing staff can navigate content updates and additions quickly and efficiently, managing more than 230 pages of web content independently.

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"It would be a waste of my time to work with anything other than WebGUI. The program impresses me every time I use it."

Lauralyn Ninow, Programmer AnalystComtrol Corporation