Sharing Education & Resources Peer-to-Peer

For almost twenty five years, the Manufacturers Alliance association has provided local manufacturers with practical peer-to-peer education, training, networking, and resources. The Alliance is well known for monthly educational seminars, webinars, peer-taught workshops and bench marking tours that occur every week, and has trained and educated tens of thousands of people from several hundred companies.

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The Manufacturers Alliance website was developed using Ruby on Rails, an open-source framework. The Alliance was looking for a new partner to assist with their ongoing development needs after their developer left the organization. The site, which provides users the ability to enroll in membership, sign up for newsletters and events, and online access to their account information, was complex on nature so they wanted a partner who could jump in to help without creating challenges for their members.


Manufacturers Alliance engaged DKS as their preferred provider for ongoing development support and guidance.

While Manufacturers Alliance was happy with the site’s functionality, it was necessary to upgrade them to the most current version of Ruby on Rails.

Once the upgrades were complete, DKS worked with Manufactures Alliance on site features and enhancements including converting the site to be mobile responsive.

DKS continues to provide strategic, interactive guidance by streamlining activities and improving the user experience for their users.

After losing our developer, we needed a company to continue our development efforts on the Manufacture’s Alliance member website. Due to the complexities of the site, we were looking for a long-term partner who could not only provide technical expertise, but would be our “go to” technology partner.

— Kirby Sneen, Vice President

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