Looking back over December, it’s hard to avoid gazing back further over the last 12 months, which seemed as ever to culminate in a particularly busy and positive period at Deeson in the run-up to Christmas.

It was good to see some the Deeson team successfully launch new functionality earlier in the month for several clients, including a nice new Algolia cross-platform search implementation for the Chartered Institute of Building. This pulls together search results from across multiple Drupal and WordPress sites, improving user experience significantly.

What’s really pleasing is that this project, like many others we’ve delivered for clients in 2019, has come from our annual strategic roadmapping process that we run with all Deeson clients.

This roadmapping work helps both the client and us take a step back from the day-to-day business of managing complex digital estates – so that we can better understand our clients’ long term organisational goals and help them plan out how to maximise the value of their digital activities in reaching those goals.

The first three weeks of December were also busy on the new client front too, with five potential new clients confirming they wanted to work with Deeson in 2020. We’re still finalising contracts, so I can’t share names yet, suffice to say there are some impressive organisations who we’re very excited to be working with next year.

Another new Deeson client that we’ve recently signed a contract with and so can announce is London’s Southbank Centre – we’re building their new website to launch in Summer 2020. It’s a really fascinating project from both a technical and design perspective.

It’s also just over a year since Deeson joined AIM-listed technology services group The Panoply. While Deeson continues to work as an independent agency within the group, we’re also collaborating more than ever with sister agencies ManifestoFuturegov and Notbinary. This is helping Deeson do more than ever for our clients and I’m looking forward to developing these collaborations more extensively in 2020.

In mid-December the Deeson team also celebrated Christmas in style with our annual Christmas party. The spectacular venue was The Guard Chamber at England’s largest surviving medieval gateway at Westgate Towers in Canterbury.

I’m really proud of every single member of the Deeson team this year. They’ve delivered superlative work for our clients over the past 12 months and are genuinely the most effective team of people I’ve had the pleasure to work with in my career so far.

And so on that happy note, that’s 2019 well and truly done.

A very happy new year to you and best wishes for a successful 2020.

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