Why media organisations assign their developers to work with us
Superdesk is developed in partnership with media organisations worldwide, including national news agency heavyweights such as The Australian Associated Press (AAP) and Norway's Norsk Telegrambyrå (NTB) where it operates live as their digital newsroom software. Our newsroom CMS is available for anyone to use - and adapt, configure or enhance for their organisation’s particular needs - but Superdesk development partners have a first-mover advantage.
They help to steer the wider project, having a say in prioritising the product roadmap. As a result, modules and functionality to which they contribute developers are tailor-made for their business needs from the first iteration.
And here’s another thing ...
Your developers deserve a better deal: they maintain and tweak systems for your business, but it would be far more efficient if they knew the code inside out - and if they’ve been involved in writing it, they’ll know it better than anyone.
It’s also a pity when a business expects their developers to change or add functionality to proprietary systems. This happens all the time. However, they have no access to the code, so will be building external bolt-ons and workarounds.
That’s another problem with closed-source code: no one in your business can edit it, unless you can reverse-engineer the product and you are happy to breach your software licence. Before long, you end up with a patchwork of systems built in-house and clustered around your expensive proprietary software.
If you’ve ever wondered how a media organisation can spend millions of dollars on a newsroom software, only to have to throw it out three years down the line and start from scratch, the above scenario is a big part of it. Media technology evolves rapidly, so why buy built-in obsolescence?