Guest blogger Adam DeGiorgio is a Director at Salsa Digital, an Acquia agency partner. Adam was Salsa’s very first employee back in 2003 and has spent most of his tenure as Managing Director. Recently, he moved into a relationship management role to spend more time working with clients, his true passion. This is part one of a three part series.
Salsa is the go-to agency for enterprise grade digital services without the rigmarole or price tag of the larger players. We're a small team that has tailored our software development skill-set to suit the digital world, and crafted a Drupal development team to rival any in Australia. We also run an enterprise app development team helping large Australian organisations transform typically manual processes to robust software solutions.
We've developed a rigorous methodology to minimise mistakes, manage clear expectations, and deliver quality results.
Salsa is a govCMS partner, and has been responsible for implementing some high profile sites, including the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) site, and more recently Australia’s first state level govCMS project for the state budget - www.budget.vic.gov.au.
Salsa and Acquia
Originally, Salsa lost a number of tenders to Acquia and their partners in 2013. This caused us to pay some attention to what they were doing in the marketplace, and with government in particular. It was clear that a partnership would be beneficial for both companies. If you can’t beat them, then join them right? Salsa partnered with Acquia to deliver an incredibly responsive site on time and on budget, and executed high traffic load testing. Salsa migrated http://www.recovery.vic.gov.au/ from Squiz Matrix to Acquia Enterprise in a rapid timeframe ready for the bush fire season in Australia. One of the biggest challenges was that the site needed to be able to respond to massive spikes in traffic in the case of an emergency. Salsa’s stress testing modelled the Black Saturday demand as well as a demand 10 times that of Black Saturday. 90% and 95% response time frequencies showcased the newly engineered site’s capability to support emergency response demands.
Most recently, Salsa has been working with leading legal firm to define a business case to move away from SiteCore and to Acquia, the first Drupal rollouts for this organisation. When they approached Salsa, they were in need of business case analysis, digital strategy and advice as well as development for their UK graduate recruitment site.