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Content creation tool

Improving the efficiency of producing content

How we were challenged to transform the content creation workflow for a team of video producers to improve both efficiencies of delivery and quality of output. 
  • React
  • PHP
  • Node JS
  • API Integration
  • AWS DevOps
  • UX Design
  • UI Design
  • Responsive Web App

The challenge

The SANS Institute is the most trusted and by far the largest source of information security training and security certification in the world; its programmes now reaching more than 165,000 security professionals around the globe. This requires the organisation to be able to regularly develop high-quality training material to an ever-evolving sector.


The value

SANS was using existing content management tools that were disrupting and inhibiting their vision to efficiently deliver the best possible content and thereby causing frustration in their content team. We were able to produce a new, singular tool that would streamline their processes, reduce the chances of error, and increase efficiency in the delivery of new content.


The result

We delivered a completely web-based solution that now allows the SANS content team to create new projects, manage the translation of all material in up to 33 different languages, quality assure all videos, subtitles, quizzes and written content, and monitor the status and progress of all work all from a single web app that has transformed their workflow.


“The tool delivered by the team at Spinning Fox has helped SANS to now have one of the most aggressive content pipelines in terms of velocity, content updating and quality — this tool has massively increased efficiency so the technology can keep up with our ambitions.”

Dan DeBeaubien
Director at SANS Institute

Our process

SANS set us the challenge of transforming the content creation workflow for a team of video editors to improve both efficiencies of delivery and quality of output. We used our design sprint process to create and build a web based application with a variety of interesting technical solutions that has completely upgraded how the team work. We made use of our Design Sprint process to quickly understand all requirements and move to a prototype stage that could be tested on all users. We then used an agile delivery methodology, working in 10-day sprints, to deliver the web-based solution.


Translation integration

We integrated with Wordbee to manage the human translation of assets including video sub-titles, transcripts and quizzes into 30+ languages.

Asset uploads

The app enables SANS to upload a variety of content that is then processed so that it is ready to be published to an LMS. This included encoding video files, translating word documents and spreadsheets into a variety of different languages before being stored in the cloud.

step 2

SCORM ready output

A complex API that turns videos and content into fully compliant SCORM files ready for final delivery into the SANS or client-based Learning Management System.

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