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Earth Journalism Network

Earth Journalism Network is a global NGO and a recognized leader in the field of Environmental Journalism.  We were commissioned to migrate them from their previous Drupal-based platform to a new platform based on Plone which provides significantly more advanced functionality including greater social interaction, advanced publishing tools, as well as online application tools for their various grants and scholarships.  We also work closely to integrate cutting edge web-mapping tools based on our partnership with InfoAmazonia.  In summer and fall of 2013, Zentraal partner David Siedband traveled to São Paulo to work with the InfoAmazonia team on these mapping integrations.


Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN)

Transparency International’s Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN) brings together researchers from around the world to address knowledge gaps and emerging issues in corruption and anti-corruption related fields. ACRN is a collaboriative, member-driven network which seeks to stimulate peer learning and innovative research. It particularly encourages the engagement of young researchers working on corruption and governance.  We worked closely with the ACRN team to provide advanced collaboration and knowledge management tools, constantly striving to bring more advanced collaboration tools to this important group.

California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences

California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences is consortium of 3 UC campuses (UCSF, UCB, UCSC) developing effective new solutions to the world's most urgent biological problems through multidisciplinary research, innovative educational programs, and industrial and venture capital partnerships. The Zentraal team configured an administrated a custom high-performance Debian Linux server. We provided performance tuning that increased site performance from 4 requests/second to 30+ reqs/sec while reducing server RAM usage by 50%. We consistently provided responsive support to technical and scientific staff We successfully transfered server administration and software development skills to UCSF staff enabling them to reduce costs by managing more of their infrastructure in-house.

Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC)

The Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative is an applied science and management partnership working to protect natural lands, valued resources and the biological diversity that provide environmental benefits and services to the human communities across the region. The Zentraal team provides the LCC with public web presence, collaboration tools and a digital library. The site features secure collaboration spaces, shared calendaring, and advanced tools for archiving and searching information resources that are vital to the groups planning and decision-making.

Sauce Labs

Sauce Labs

Sauce Labs is a cloud-hosted, web and mobile application testing company based in San Francisco, California. Sauce Labs lets users run Selenium, Appium and JavaScript unit tests across 450+ browser and OS platforms. The Zentraal team developed a custom CMS to enable Sauce's marketing department to quickly push out new web initiatives with confidence they would work smoothly across browsers and devices. The solution includes advanced analytics integrations enabling Sauce to quickly measure the efficacy of different approaches and rapidly make adjustments.



Hansoft is a tool for team collaboration and management in large and complex agile development programs. Hansoft's feature set spans over Agile ALM (Application Lifecycle Management), PPM (Product Portfolio and Program Management), and Social Collaboration. Zentraal created a custom CMS for Hansoft, supporting 4 languages, and provides responsive training and support to the Hansoft team.


USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Congress created NIFA through the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. The organizations aims to improve economic, environmental, and social conditions in the United States and globally. We assist NIFA with development and support of their Plone-based intranet. Every day more than 500 NIFA staff members start their workday by logging into the site. We've helped NIFA with troubleshooting some longstanding technical issues with the site, as well as creating an extremely robust strategy for backup and recovery that has become a template for other organizations. We've also helped NIFA implement their a redesign of the site making it easier for staff members to find the most crucial information.

USAID Property Rights and Resources Governance Portal

Launched in the summer of 2009, the Property Rights and Resources Governance Information Portal contains data and analysis that spans nearly a decade of research in both academia and in the field by USAID and several dozen partner organizations. The site provides a platform for knowledge management and collaboration for USAID staff and partners working on these vital issues.  In 2010 we upgraded the site with new functionality including improved search tools, mapping functionality and AJAX-based tools to create a more engaging user experience.


swissnex San Francisco is an initiative of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education and Research (SER), managed in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs as an annex of the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco. swissnex San Francisco is a platform for the exchange of knowledge and ideas in science, education, art, and innovation. Zentraal provides swissnex with a Plone-based site which supports their work in producing public events and study tours, highlighting the best of Swiss and North American ingenuity and creating opportunities for networking among our diverse group of professional contacts in the San Francisco Bay Area, Silicon Valley, and beyond.

AllMed Healthcare Management

AllMed Healthcare Management is an independent review organization that provides comprehensive physician review solutions to payer and provider organizations across the nation. We work with this Portland-based medical review company to provide them with a rainmaking lead-generation platform.  The site uses a custom content management system, combined with CRM integration, Analytics, and aggressive white-hat SEO techniques.  The site uses a relentlessly analytics-driven approach to grow and optimize their multi-million dollar sales pipeline.

Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management Plan

The Bay Area Integrated Regional Management Plan is a nine-county effort to coordinate and improve water supply reliability, protect water quality, manage flood protection, maintain public health standards, protect habitat and watershed resources, and enhance the overall health of the bay. We've developed this portal as a digital library and collaboration space for the IRWMP organization. The site catalogs more than 200 project listings and provides a secure intranet workspace for each. These tools were so effecitve that the IRWMP decided to provide secure workspaces to the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies project. We've also built a custom tool for generating e-mail updates of new site content. The open source software developed in this project is now being reused be several other IRWMP collaboratives in California.

Byetta UK

Byetta UK (Eli Lilly)

Eli Lilly UK commissioned us to create an informational site for patients on a their novel non-insulin injectable diabetes treatment.  The Byetta By Your Side site features a series of 7 weekly lessons covering aspects including nutrition, exercise, medication usage, meal planning, and many other aspects of managing diabetes.  The site features many multimedia resources including videos, podcasts, and interactive graphics.  Patients can also sign up for SMS notifications to remind them to take their medication.

Byetta was acquired by AstraZeneca in 2013.


Bydureon UK/Ireland (Eli Lilly)

Following on the success of the Byetta project, Eli Lilly UK contracted us to produce two more similar sites for their Bydureon product in both the UK and Ireland.

Bydureon was acquired by AstraZeneca in 2013.


My Journey My Choices

My Journey My Choices was created by the Caring Ambassadors Program, a national, non-profit, patient advocacy organization. The primary goal of the Caring Ambassadors Program is to help individuals with long-term disease to become ambassadors for their own health.  We were involved to build an advanced web platform including many social engagement features.  Another interesting challenge of this project was making advanced research databases accessible to patients in navigating their own health conditions.  Through, patient privacy and data-protection were of paramount importance.

USAID Resource Management Portal

USAID is the government agency providing US economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for more than 40 years. The Resource Portal is an online library which houses more than 25,000 resources on topics relating to international development. The Zentraal team provided performance tuning and HTTP caching acceleration configuration for a high-performance computing cluster. We consistently provided responsive support to the technical team on their most challenging technical issues. We implemented a new visual design for the USAID Resource Management Portal which met all federal and international standards for accessibility.

All About Watersheds

All About Watersheds is New Mexico’s Forest and Watershed Health Information Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is the product of a collaborative partnership of federal, state and local agencies and organizations. It is managed by the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute. The Zentraal team works with the partnership to provide advanced online library and knowledge management tools. This Plone-based site provides the group with functionality including group collaboration spaces, publishing tools for news and announcements, and advanced interactive tools.

New Mexico Arizona Water Settlements Act (NMSWSA)

The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) funds this portal as means to provide transparent access to the ISC’s activities and work product related to the Arizona Water Settlements Act. The AWSA allocates to New Mexico an annual average of 14,000 acre-feet of additional water from the Gila Basin and up to $128 million in non-reimbursable federal funding. The Zentraal team has worked closely with the ISC to develop this Plone-powered site. The site provides a public publishing channel for the group as well as supporting vital transparency and public-commenting requirements.

Nautilus Institute

Nautilus Institute is founded on the idea that it is possible to build peace, create security, and restore sustainability for all people in our time. Nautilus Institute is a community of scholars and practitioners who conduct research on strategies to solve interconnected global problems. With networks of partners, we develop and apply these strategies to the linked threats of nuclear war, urban and energy insecurity, and climate change in the Asia Pacific region. We've helped them build a Plone-based publishing platform that also functions as their intranet for their globally distributed team. We also provide as-needed support to help their in-house IT staff deal with their most challenging technical issues.

Nature and More

Nature and More Foundation is the industry group for organic agriculture in the European Union. The came to us seeking a better way to connect consumers to growers. The application we developed with them provides a rich-media platform for organic growers to tell their stories. The site features an advanced multi-lingual content management engine. Embedded videos help bring the grower stories to life.  We are currently developing a mobile site, launching Q1 2011, which will enable consumers to learn about the growers of their products at the point of sale.

International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology

In this project with the Stanford Medical School, we're provided both a public web presence for the organization and also a secure intranet. The CMS manages the membership database, proposals and award nomination and voting processes. We also have a conference registration system for their annual conference.  Coming in mid-2009 is a directory of researchers and a publications database with the materials from the 2009 ISPNE conference.


"Providing Content and Community to Nanoscience researchers" We work with scientific publishers Taylor & Francis Group to create this portal. The site supports an active community of more than 2000 members who use the site to share their research and lean about new developments in nanotech.  The site features a directory or researchers and institutions, database of publications and news aggregation service.  The site allows Taylor and Francis publishing group to share exclusive content and to get valuable feedback from the community about which topics are important which helps inform their print publishing activities.

MaltaVision 2015

Malta Vision 2015

The Maltese government has identified seven sectors for development which will enable the Maltese Islands to build on the existing competitive advantage and achieve even greater success. This site provides an internal web presence to this project as well as a secure intranet for project management. The site provides an overview of the project as well as a survey tool for members of the Maltese public to help guide the priorities and actions of the project. The intranet site provides a secure workspace for the project team to collaborate and share materials.

Durham Public Schools

DPS is a public school district serving 32,000 students in Durham, North Carolina. The district's in-house IT had used Plone to develop a powerful web presence serving teachers, students, and parents. They called us in as 'special forces' to solve some issues that they found challenging including security updates, custom templating, and Plone buildout troubleshooting. This project is an example of our "Plone Special Forces" model where we support teams with existing Plone developers with specialist problem-solving.

far western

Far Western

This anthropological research firm wanted to modernize their website and make it easier for their staff to post materials and make changes. We used Plone to deliver a flexible, cost-effective solution. Far Western staff across 4 project offices use this intranet site to securely collaborate and share documents with their clients.

World Institute on Disability

The mission of the World Institute on Disability (WID) in communities and nations worldwide is to eliminate barriers to full social integration and increase employment, economic security and health care for persons with disabilities. WID creates innovative programs and tools; conducts research, public education, training and advocacy campaigns; and provides technical assistance. We support their work with a Plone-powered CMS as well as Linux systems administration services.  The site is designed to the highest standards of accessibility for non-sighted and visually impaired users.

Vantage Partners

Vantage Partners is a boutique executive search firm, which ranks among the leaders in retained search for high-growth technology companies. They retained Zentraal to provide them with a more robust hosting platform. We also provide them with ongoing design and technical support. The Zentraal team migrated their custom Rails-based CMS to a new ubuntu linux VPS server. This move provided them with more computing resources at a lower cost of ownership. Now the team at Vantage can be confident that their web team works with as much integrity as they do.

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