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System Diagram

SaaS is software that is deployed over the Internet providing network-based access. It is inseparable from the hosting solution because of its architecture; however, due to this structure, it has a large number of cost-saving advantages over other solutions. The SaaS model defrays infrastructure, development, maintenance and future innovation costs across a broad base of users.

Platformic provides the highest level of maturity for a SaaS solution:
  • Configurability - Each site's administration interface has variable configuration options including: network content access, simplified blog interface, SocialSite (social media) extensions, and custom tool modules. These can be turned on or off on a per site basis with minimal effort and time.
  • Multi-Tenant Efficiency - All the sites share the same instance of the software, providing a significant savings in server resource use, maintenance, and costs. Updates are rolled out instantly to customers, all at once.
  • Scalability - Platformic employs a multi-tier architecture that implements a loadbalancer.System capacity can be adjusted by adding servers to match demand without having to modify the software architecture.

Reduced and Predictable Cost

  • Lower capital expense - implementation costs are significantly lower than developing custom solutions or purchasing and installing proprietary software and hardware.
  • Lower operating expenditures - the cost of upgrading hardware, development, and maintenance is shared by and spread across the entire client base.
  • Lower risk - low upfront cost, little or no staff time to get going, and an already up and running environment avoids most of the risks of selecting and implementing new software. The project will be on-time, and there will be no hardware costs or other infrastructure surprises. If it’s not the right software, you won’t be walking away from a big investment if you choose to make a switch.
  • Reliable cost forecasting - subscription fees are predictable, allowing for IT costs to be forecast over several years.
The burden of having to predict or plan for demand and capacity is taken out of the hands of the customer. Frequent upgrades are possible without the hassle of testing, managing change control, or converting data.

Security and Reliability

Platformic's infrastructure consists of professionally run data centers with full system and database redundancy, load balancing and failover, which leads to better availability and performance. It also utilizes a firewall and intrusion protection. User data and passwords are also encrypted.

Faster Implementation and Frequent Feature Releases

Most users already have the tools they will need. All that is required is a web browser and a connection to the Internet. No additional website development software is needed.

Because of Platformic's modular framework, new features are rolled out within weeks or even days.

Continuous Performance Improvements

One of the ways Platformic delivers a faster, higher quality experience for site visitors is through partnerships with content delivery networks such as Edgecast. Platformic customers benefit from the ongoing research, improvements and upgrades made to the hardware infrastructure, and software optimizations.
Platformic is multi-tier and modular from top to bottom; from the hardware configuration, the software architecture, and the user interface to the way the content is presented and page layouts are designed.

Platformic's software is designed to accommodate the multi-tier hardware configuration - separation of database, application code, and presentation (web server farm). Hardware upgrades or configuration changes do not affect the code base, allowing an increase in capacity or other maintenance procedures to occur seamlessly.

The application was written to be as modular and extensible as possible. Its foundation is a well-organized structure that favors re-usability and generic code over specific, one-time uses. Development follows Agile Software Principles, which allows Platformic to respond quickly to the rapidly-changing Internet environment and technologies, as well as feature requests and custom development. This enables Platformic to easily offer integration of third party content such as video assets from thePlatform or live data updates from Stats. Taking advantage of Platformic's custom API, web developers can plug in their own PHP or javascript widgets.

This modularity can also be found in the software interface. Features are added as plug in tool modules. Certain features can be turned on or off on a site-by-site basis. Site content and data is stored in the database separately from the presentation and logic, allowing for it to be used in many different contexts or even on different networked sites. Stories can be displayed as headlines and summaries on one part of the site which can be linked to the full content on another page. The same content can be placed into a mobile layout which is automatically served to site visitors by detecting the device being used. The biggest advantage is that users can correct or edit the content only once, in one place, instead of having to keep track of copies all over the site.
Below are just a few of our clients sites, built using the power of Platformic. Please click the thumbnails below for full size photos.
Here at the Platformic blog it's a pretty loose forum. While I don't really think that anyone is going to post a blog about their cats (well, maybe Eric might ...) we post about a range of stuff that might be of interest to a client of a CMS or someone looking to work on websites and although Platformic does not provide graphic design services we do work with a host of people who might be interested in graphics and for certain who at some times might use Photoshop so I wanted to share something that I learned today which blew me away (and I have been using Photoshop for 15 years now!)
Google recently announced that it has acquired a social RSS service called Postrank which is a huge indication of their commitment to their social strategy. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that this move is an indicator that social media and services continue to have a very big impact on the web as we know it today. The future will surely continue down the social road.

So what does Postrank do anyway? Here's a quote straight form their web site on the subject:

"Our platform tracks where and how users engage, and what they pay attention to — in real-time. PostRank social engagement data measures actual user activity, the most accurate indicator of the relevance and influence of a site, story, or author."
As sure as the sun will rise in the morning, your site users are going to end up hitting a 404 error page at some point or another. But what you provide them when they hit that pages can actually tell a lot about your site, and can help turn your what is technically a fail for the user into a win, if done properly.

By definition (remember when definition was pulled from encyclopedia rather than wikipedia? I guess I am dating myself somewhat here), a 404 page is:

"The 404 or Not Found error message is a HTTP standard response code indicating that the client was able to communicate with the server, but the server could not find what was requested. 404 errors should not be confused with "server not found" or similar errors, in which a connection to the destination server could not be made at all. A 404 error indicates that the requested resource may be available again in the future."