Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technologies

At Consensus Interactive, we firmly believe that the technology itself should be transparent. If your solution doesn’t behave the way you want it to, it doesn’t matter what language we used to build it. However, it is important to know that behind the scenes, we emphasize best-of-breed coding standards. Our emerging technology team is driven simultaneously by cutting-edge innovation and tried-and-true engineering best practices. From scalable .Net solutions to lightning-fast Acquia hosted Drupal implementations, from AngularJS to elegant mobile applications, we’ve got the skills.

We imagine, architect, engineer, and maintain it the right way. Quite simply, we eat, sleep, and breathe code.

Algolia Search

Algolia is a hosted full-text, numerical, and faceted search engine capable of delivering real time results from the first keystroke.

Algolia’s powerful API lets you quickly and seamlessly implement search within your websites and mobile applications. Their search API powers billions of queries for thousands of companies every month, delivering relevant results in under 100ms anywhere in the world. See it in action HERE.

Drupal 8 (+Acquia)

A major area of focus in Drupal 8 was around the out-of-the-box experience for content authors—the folks who actually use a Drupal website every day.

Drupal 8 ships with the CKEditor WYSIWYG editor. In addition to supporting what you’d expect in a WYSIWYG editor—buttons for bold, italic, images, links, and so on—it supports extras, such as easily editable image captions, thanks to CKEditor’s new Widgets feature, developed specifically for Drupal’s use. Ensuring that we keep the structured content benefits of Drupal in our WYSIWYG implementation was a priority.

Kentico

Customers building a consumer-based experience or a business extranet will find much of what they need in this product. Kentico offers the product as a managed single-tenant cloud service.

Standout features include great marketing and commerce integration, an improved set of practitioner tools, strong analytics, deep content management, and extranet and employee portal support.

Kentico’s cloud strategy and strong digital experience delivery portfolio gives it a strong platform for mid-market firms and enterprise.

Sitecore

Sitecore offers a suite that includes a WCM backbone integrated with marketing software, analytics, and social media integration, and even a commerce server. One benefit of a suite approach is a more consistent user experience and integrated toolkits such as workflow, testing, and analytics. It is targeted at high-end marketing scenarios.

Features for this .NET product include content tagging and targeting, customer profiling, and multisite and multichannel delivery. The product has room for improvement in native mobile app support, and cloud deployment experience. The suite approach can help customers quickly configure and deploy experiences across most steps of the customer journey.

WordPress

WordPress has been around since 2003 and is the most popular blogging software on the market. Over the last few years, WordPress has also become the content management software of choice for non-blogging websites. Its popularity is all about one thing – ease of use for content editors.

WordPress has an extremely intuitive interface. Adding new pages, blog posts, images, etc. on a regular basis is a breeze and can be done quickly. Because the technology is so simple, time spent on formatting is greatly reduced.

Mobile Experiences

AngularJS, Ionic and Cordova are three primary tools in our mobile development framework. It allows you to use standard web technologies – HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript for cross-platform development. Applications execute within wrappers targeted to each platform, and rely on standards-compliant API bindings to access each device’s capabilities such as sensors, data, network status, etc.

The Emergence of the "headless" app – fast, interactive experiences

When you use a headless CMS there are two components: the CMS itself and the front-end display. The CMS focuses only on content management, without having to assemble formatted responses, while the client-side technology can quickly display that data in the browser.

Using client-side technologies for display means that in-browser experiences are fast, acting in real-time, without having to wait for PHP queries to retrieve information from the database. There is a significant increase in performance when using JavaScript vs PHP: Node.js, for example, can handle many more requests than PHP due to its asynchronous event-driven nature. This can be especially useful when an application requires many connections open simultaneously.

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