Industry resource site revamped

The multimedia Internet network, a portal that caters for developers, students and startup entrepreneurs, has been revamped to better cater for today's Internet environment.

The network provides information services for more than 6000 members and is signing up new members at a rate of 110 per week. General manager Cecily MacDougall became concerned that the site was showing signs of age and needed to be redeveloped in order to become easier to navigate. She now expects the site to continue attracting new members and is particularly keen to see the involvement of the developer community.

"It provides the resources and tools a developer might need if they want to turn their work into a company," she said. "It gives you advice on taking the next step, covering issues like developing a business plan, legal and marketing issues and human resources."

MacDougall also touts the site as being a useful starting point when entrepreneurial developers are looking for funding as an indirect connection into the venture capitalist community. It also includes an industry directory, jobs and training boards.

The network gains revenue from on-site advertising and ads in its member newsletter, as well as some initial funding the group received from the Department of State and Regional Development.

The new site was redeveloped using Spectra, an object-oriented development and content management tool, as well as Cold Fusion Web and database connection tools to link into the network's Oracle database.

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