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Case study

Sierra Nevada Corporation

Converting complex visual design into a dynamic site backed by Umbraco

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNCorp) delivers innovative, customer-focused, end-to-end solutions for Space, Aviation, Electronics and Systems Integration. That includes both public and private sector clients. SNCorp launched a static website with an eye-catching professional design, but their overall plan was to also launch a dynamic site backed by a CMS. Long story short - they selected Umbraco and built the solution:

Skills used

  • Branding
  • Design
  • Integrations
  • Architecture
  • Communication


  • Engineering & manufacturing
  • Information technology

Partner doing the case

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Defining the mission

SNCorp planned to update their corporate website using a three-phased approach: redesign the site based on their premium design agency’s work; go live with the new design as fast as possible; build the long-term solution, integrating the site with a CMS.

Within 30 days SNCorp hired a design agency to achieve the first two phases, starting with a beautiful design for their new branding needs.

Then, they built and implemented a fully functional, static website. Phases one and two… complete.

SNCorp understood that a static web site would be quicker to build than a dynamic web site. This allowed them to get to market quickly.

They also knew they needed a dynamic site for their long-term solution. For that SNCorp chose Umbraco CMS.

Leverage their existing .NET code base and Microsoft security technologies SNCorp partnered with us,, to convert the static site into a fully-functional digital showcase for their innovative products and services.

All in all, SNCorp wanted us to:

🚀 Convert a complex, visual design into a dynamic, CMS website.

🚀 Allow existing staff to edit and add content, requiring no coding skills.

🚀 Change content in a single location yet affect multiple web pages.


The journey

To start, we first set up an environment to work without disrupting the live site. Then, we set up build and deploy servers in a real-time, staging environment.

We also built in continuous integration to see and share site changes immediately.

Afterwards, we created and configured new website using Umbraco CMS and imported all HTML code, images, and other assets from

After setting up SNCorp infrastructure it was time to configure their custom editor experience. With our expertise plus the rich Umbraco custom editing environment, we made it easy for the end-users to manage a complete site. Point-and-click, drag-and-drop, no coding required.

What we did was...

🚀 Analyzed the HTML code to understand what changes to make.

🚀 Inserted Umbraco snippets into HTML code to create dynamic functionality.

🚀 Centralized all call-to-actions, page banners, navigational menus, social media URLs and global site settings.

🚀 Configured search and indexing features for visitors to find what they needed on the site.

🚀 Integrated with Microsoft security. We accomplished this with two Umbraco developers, over a single agile sprint.


From the start of the project to a month later, we delivered on SNCorp’s goals. And, on-time, on-budget, without disrupting the live site.

Post-launch beauty

All content is stored in a single location. SNCorp no longer needs to search for and update the same or similar content, previously sprinkled throughout the site.

There’s an intuitive, customized editor to manage their site. Current, non-technical staff can now use Umbraco’s hierarchical browser and editor to place snippets onto any page (and create new ones, too).

Also, any content can be rolled back to a previous version.

Editors can now use a rich, yet simple image editor to crop and adjust images right in place with the content. No need to use a 3rd party image software program (though they certainly could).

Multiple marketing features are configured for SNCorp to implement later, as they grow their solution - SNCorp is confident in growing their site.

Finally, the website shows faster page loads by about 1 to 1.5 seconds.

End result: SNCorp achieved their goals. The site features a professional design and is fully editable. They can now focus on their core strength - innovation!

“The team is amazing! We needed a custom Umbraco CMS implemented for our branded design... and quickly. Not only did they deliver a fast, powerful system- it's incredibly easy to manage. Thanks!”

Adam Carter, Digital Communications Manager, Sierra Nevada Corporation

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