In 2018, SPIEGEL Tech Lab started to explore the market for existing Content Management Solutions and technologies. It turned out pretty quickly that the classical vendor in the market could not provide a solution that would fit the strategy and/or would come with license and installation costs that would make it very difficult to provide a ROI in the given time frame. To start an inhouse development was also something that has been declined from the beginning due to the limitation of resources and future supportability of the system.
This led to an initiative to look for existing products and open-source solutions that can be combined in smart
and modular ways to build a single system. This system is called Polygon and combines elements and components to
provide a powerful solution.
The approach behind its modular architecture is to be able to add and change elements as technology improves and/or business goals require an adaption of the system.
The flexibility to extend the system with external elements also played a huge role in our decision, which means DER SPIEGEL can maintain ownership of the material without compromising the choice of products and services.
By constantly screening emerging technologies we will identify the most valuable software innovations to integrate
them straight into our system.
Using both, standard products and in-house developed elements helped to build a powerful system. Services communicate through clearly defined APIs.
Cloud computing is providing a valuable new option for businesses to get IT done. By using the cloud, Polygon can save costs, deliver more value quickly, access a broad range of services and technologies and scale capacity up and down as needed to meet the demand. By design, Poylgon is cloud diagnostic and ensures maximum safety, scalability and speed. Polygon supports Google Cloud Platform, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Within the Cloud, Kubernetes is used for the orchestration of contain-ers, automatic application deployment, scaling and management. The system can run in a single or multicloud environment.
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DER SPIEGEL is Germany’s leading news-site with 21 million unique monthly users and over one billion page impressions per month, serving over a million articles. 170 editorial staff operate in a 24/7 environment to cover all relevant news from politics to sport, from economics to health.
After 25 years of operation SPIEGEL Online decided it is the right time to review the brand and market strategy. In a comprehensive relaunch in 2020 the brand name will be changed from SPIEGEL ONLINE to DER SPIEGEL, in the sense of a common brand and a common editorial office. But behind the new design there are hidden further motives. The relaunch is not a value in itself but follows larger jour-nalistic and business goals. To achieve this goal from a technology perspec-tive, SPIEGEL Tech Lab has been asked to provide DER SPIEGEL with a modern Content Management System that supports online and print publishing from a single system. The system should be fully cloud based, secure and scalable.Download the PDF white paper
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SPIEGEL Tech Lab -
the tech company within the SPIEGEL GROUP
SPIEGEL Tech Lab was founded in 2015 as a central but independent unit within the SPIEGEL group. With a team of 20 developers, quality engineers and project managers the team provides technology solutions for a wide range of products. The objective is to explore possibilities, identify concepts and develop relevant solutions.
We offer our Polygon System as a full service solution to other publishers and enterprises. We bring our team of project managers, front-end developers, cloud architects and quality assurance engineers to manage your system in the cloud.
You have your own team and you are interested in the Polygon tech stack only? – We also offer a partner agreement that gives you full access to the source code and our partner support channels.
If you are interested to build your own system but don’t know where to start: Our project and technology consultants can also be hired on a day-to-day basis to help you to get up and running quickly.