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SourceForge Case Study | QuadraMed Case Study
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SourceForge before
SourceForge Before

SourceForge SourceForge After

Key Challenges

  • SourceForge was originally designed for the open source community as a web site that generated revenue through ad dollars. The application had accreted over time in a haphazard manner. It had not been productized for the enterprise.
  • The application did not look like a professional product.
  • Navigation was inconsistent and shifting. Users could not find or re-find the sub-applications that they needed.
  • The application stored vast amounts of information and didn't give users sufficient information about the importance of any given piece of information.
  • Information hierarchy was inconsistently indicated by different font sizes and locations.
  • Nomenclature was inconsistent.

Key Accomplishments

  • Overhauled the information architecture to provide consistency in nomenclature, information hierarchy, and to provide clear indicators of where users where located in the system. Added breadcrumbs where appropriate.
  • Designed a user-configurable alert-based system to let users know when information might be important to them.
  • Designed new ways to navigate the information space to help users get the information they needed.
  • Designed role-based access control to allow organizations to fine-tune who can view and change information.