Commercial real estate Sitecore-based web portal for The Instant Group

  • Industry Real Estate
  • Solution Sitecore

Challenge

The commercial real estate business landscape has been evolving at a record pace and the need to create an agile website solution to accommodate the changes have been in high demand. The Instant Group recognized that the capabilities of their current flagship website were limiting and there was a need to enhance the website so that it can constantly adjust to address these emerging demands. Although the Instant Group realized that the potential functionality exists with their current solution (Sitecore CMS), they were still challenged to find a reliable partner with the experience and knowledge to fine-tune a fast web-based solution.

Founded in 1999, The Instant Group is a workspace innovation company that rethinks workspace on behalf of its clients injecting flexibility, reducing cost and driving enterprise performance. Instant places more than 7,000 companies a year in flexible workspace such as serviced, managed or co-working offices including Sky, Network Rail, Capita, Serco, Teleperformance, Worldpay, and TMF making it the market leader in flexible workspace.

“We chose SaM Solutions as a long-term development & support partner for Instant to buy into technical excellence coupled with assured solution delivery experience. Their size and technology experience aligns well with our technology portfolio and has significantly raised our technical capability. We have been working with SaM Solutions for 2 years now and one of their main areas is to support and complete the roadmap product development for our Sitecore product. The team has done an excellent job and we are very pleased with the outcome. They are very knowledgeable, capable and have a great attitude.”

Mark Turner
Chief Technology Officer

Solution

The Instant Group chose SaM Solutions as its digital partner because of the extensive experience in Sitecore. The SaM Solutions team was able to provide a comprehensive service package that included the analysis of the current IT landscape, implementation of a proven strategy, and ongoing global support. To ensure process efficiency, the SaM Solutions team opted for an Agile development framework for its extensive feature capabilities, future roadmap options, and 24/7 support services.

Based on the results of initial solution evaluation, the SaM Solutions' team implemented the following activities:

  • Code refactoring and performance optimization
  • Sitecore performance tuning
  • Sitecore caches optimization
  • Indexes optimization
  • Database backup/restore process configuration
  • Cloudflare configuration
  • HTTPs configuration
  • JMeter setup to find slow running pages
  • CI/CD process improvement

Usability

To improve usability, SaM Solutions utilized modern techniques to realize the full potential of Sitecore’s capabilities. The following techniques are:

  • ReactJS integration
  • Maps API optimization
  • Image service integration

Live Sitecore-based web portal:  www.instantoffices.com

Toolbox

Languages and Frameworks
ASP.NET MVC, React, jQueryTools, Webpack
Sitecore Technologies
Sitecore 7.5, 8.2, Sitecore Experience Platform
Integration
Web API
Search
SOLR
Dev, Build & Automation
TDS, Glass.Mapper, Git, TeamCity
Project Management
Jira
Deploy Mode
On premise

Success

The collaboration between The Instant Group and SaM Solutions allowed the customer to optimize website performance with a loading speed increase of 2.6 times. That was achieved by fixing server and infrastructure limitations, established an efficient development/support procedure, real-time monitoring, and quality control. The result was an updated website solution with agile functionality, enhanced performance, and a solid foundation for future business growth.

Most importantly, The Instant Group remains our strategic customer and the successful project evolved into a long-term partnership.

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