It’s Demo Time!

There’s nothing quite like having a good problem and one that’s been nagging away at my elbow over the past two months is getting the Venture Platform’s Live Demo back online. Since launching the 2.0 update business has been booming, so much so that getting non-client projects completed, like the demo update, has been an ongoing challenge.

relocate homePart of the challenge was not only implementing the 2.0 update but completely redesigning the demo content. Originally, the site’s content and navigation had been designed to function somewhat like a performing arts organization website wireframe but user feedback indicated that wasn’t what most folks were looking for.

Simply put, they wanted to see as many of the unique features and functionality in action along with page content and a navigation architecture that helped describe what they were looking at. As a result, we approached the demo redesign with all of that in mind.

We also attempted to replace as much of the dummy placeholder content as possible with real content. To that end, I’m indebted to the many Venture users who gave us permission to use content from their sites; such as Venture user The Lost Colony for allowing us to use their annual production as the source for our theater category demo event This type of generosity cut back on the time it would have taken to generate fictional content.

Work finally wrapped up yesterday and although it is all but certain that we’ll continue to tweak and add things that might have been overlooked, we flipped the switch back to the on position early yesterday evening so swing by to get a sense of Venture 2.0’s fit and feel. Some highlights include:

Visit the Venture 2.0 Live Demo

Speaking of new, we also released the first of Venture’s new mini-mercials yesterday: Venture Is Event Management

Postlude: since we’re in geekspeak mode today, what was up with Joomla sites getting hammered by hackers yesterday? It must have unofficially been Brute Force Attack Tuesday among hacker clans and they had their sights set on anyone using the Joomla publishing platform (FWIW, Venture is built atop the WordPress publishing platform as are all of the Adaptistration Network and Inside The Arts sites).

Hopefully for Joomla users, the worst is behind them for this round but it brings up a stark reminder that as hacker activity continues to evolve and clans grow in numbers and organizational prowess, we can only expect hacker activity to get worse. More to the point, even the best hosting providers aren’t immune but there’s no need to make things any easier for hackers and the one thing everyone can do to help is make sure all of your work and personal account passwords are updated regularly and meet minimum security thresholds.

If you’re not sure how to go about that, we’ve got you covered. Everything you need to know to get started on the right foot can be found in an article published at Adaptistration titled Change Your [*******] Password Already!

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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