N.C. revamps commerce Web site
- By Daniel Keegan
- May 15, 2000
The North Carolina Department of Commerce has revamped its World Wide Web
site, creating a new Web portal to better organize information.
The ultimate goal, stated in the Commerce Online 2000 initiative, is to
have all "significant activities Web-enabled," said Lisa Aycock, the department's
assistant secretary for administration. Ayock said about one-third of the
site is finished.
The department brought in Keane Inc. to redesign the home page to make it
easier for users to find the information they need. Instead of having links
to the various departments, the portal separates the links into categories
that users would be interested in.
"For example," Aycock said, "users don't care how the department processes
their requests, they want to find the tourism site and tourism information."
The five portals are business, vacation, entertainment industries, communities
The site is similar to the state's new Web portal, North Carolina @ Your
Service, which offers business, citizen, employee and local government portals.
Ayock said the large size of the project, which entails pulling together
information from 18 sites and presenting it in a consistent design, is why
it will take a year to complete.
The site also boasts new features, including county profiles, a commerce
calendar, electronic conference registration, online stores, and small business
information. It was also designed so nontechnical workers can update the
Keane, a Boston-based consulting firm that specializes in building business
applications, last year developed a business search function for the department.
NC SiteSearch, allows users to search more than 2,000
industrial buildings in the state for certain attributes, such as square
footage and location.