The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) selected Clarity Partners to replatform their website from the proprietary AmericanEagle.com iDev Content Management System (CMS) to the open source Drupal version 8 CMS hosted on the Acquia Cloud. Acquia Cloud is a continuous delivery cloud platform optimized to run Drupal websites and sits on top of the industry-leading Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Cloud.
The move to an open source CMS has empowered the CHA to enhance their current website with more custom functionality as future requirements are identified. It also opens up options for the CHA to leverage Drupal’s large community of developers, also called “contributors”, to extend and customize Drupal’s core functionality without being bound to a single software vendor.
The content migration phase of the project provided the CHA an opportunity to document, update and condense their public-facing content as well as train additional content managers responsible for the ongoing maintenance of their website content. While this project did not include a new website design, the CHA tracked a “wish-list” of enhancements as they emerged throughout the project.
Launching the new Drupal 8 website with an extensive list of improvements and a newly empowered group of content managers positions the CHA to be able to prioritize future work in a strategic and thoughtful manner.
About Chicago Housing Authority
CHA is the largest owner of rental housing in the city of Chicago, serving more than 63,000 families and individuals and supporting healthy communities in neighborhoods across the city. CHA provides housing for low-income seniors, veterans and families, and oversees the administration of 47,000 Housing Choice Vouchers that allow households to rent in the private market. The Chicago Housing Authority is a municipal not-for-profit corporation that is governed by a Board of Commissioners consisting of ten members, appointed by the mayor. For more information, visit https://www.thecha.org.
About Clarity Partners
Clarity Partners is a Chicago-based, full-service management and information technology consulting firm that specializes in delivering comprehensive solutions to complex higher education, public sector, and commercial sector challenges. We provide management consulting, enterprise performance management, application development, website design and development, cloud solutions, project management, and IT staffing services to a diverse mix of businesses across the full spectrum of industries.