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Tate Museums

Platform design, site rebuild and migration


Our relationship with Tate Online developed from technical consultancy to designing, developing and deploying a complex and sophisticated platform that provided powerful, integrated search across multiple Tate Group websites.

The Challenge

The brief would see constant evolution over the long period A12 has been working with the Tate and a long term partnership being formed helping Tate Online to remain one of the best examples of a cultural website that exists online.

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Initially, A12 provided technical architecture consultancy for modifying the existing hosting set up in a way that would support the new Drupal CMS. This project was a great success and led to A12 supporting the in-house Tate web team in designing, developing and deploying the brand new Tate Online platform.

After this, A12 then led the way designing, developing and deploying a complex and sophisticated search platform, using SOLR, to provide powerful search not only to Tate Online, but across multiple Tate Group websites.

The project was an ambitious one, from originally solving a complex hosting problem to helping the in house team develop and deploy their website, to then providing world class search across their group.

All this work has led to a strong relationship that continues to this day and A12 are now providing the Tate Group with on-going support and maintenance.

"In 2012 Tate re-launched its website as the culmination of a two-year project. Although Tate has skilled in-house web development and information systems teams, the technologies that we selected were not ones that we had extensive experience of: Drupal, Varnish, Solr, High Scalable infrastructure. Furthermore the new website was to be launched on new hosting infrastructure. We therefore selected Axis12 to help us design and implement a new hosting and technical architecture to deliver our ambitious project.They proved a more than capable partner in this complex endeavour and were on hand to make sure that we had a successful launch and to support the site in its early life. Since the launch we have now put in place ongoing support arrangements that will see his partnership continue as the site is extended and developed in the years to come." 

John Stack, Head of Tate Online.

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