Meet the Team
As manager of the Web Technologies group, Scott has provided strategic direction for search at Boeing since 2005.
Sonya collaborates with customers for cost savings by replacing redundant search engines and finding new search opportunities.
Mark brings 25 years of tactical search knowledge to the team, with experience at Boeing, Microsoft, and other companies.
"Aussie Dave" manages the day-to-day operations of the search engine itself, helping ensure reliable service to our users.
Thanh applies his expertise in a variety of programming languages to building custom back-end solutions for our user interface.
Jillian helps keep our team organized and on track, as well as communicating our project status to upper management.
John works with our advanced customers to provide custom search frameworks, solutions, and documentation.
Matt's creativity helps bring a fresh, modern look to our user interface and marketing materials.
David leads the user interface design effort, with the goal of providing an awesome user experience.
As an ITCFP participant, Rob focuses on development efforts and proof-of-concept work with open source technologies.
Lee built and test several back-end tools for our team to use, including web analytics, open source search, and cloud storage.
Michael helped design the new user interface from the ground up, as well as the front-end of our internal status monitor.
Phill bent his programming expertise to help build our status monitor, in addition to keeping several critical applications functioning.
Our search engine collects anonymous data about the searches performed on our site. These metrics are used internally only, and help us with capacity planning, usability improvements, and general information.
If you have any questions about our metrics, please contact us for additional information.
The latest W3C Standard for HTML offers new semantic elements which make web page code much easier to interpret. Additionally, there are new elements which simplify functions which were previously very complicated (such as embedded video).
We currently use only a few of these new elements, due to support issues for older browsers (which represents the majority of our current user base). However, we have designed our site in such a way to make migration to the newest elements easy, once modern browser support is more prevalent at Boeing.
In general, though, we've tried to avoid to much of a difference between the user experience with older and newer browsers.
Users with modern browsers (IE9+, FireFox 5+, Chrome, Safari) will notice that the page layout changes slightly as the browser window is changed from very narrow (less than 500px) to wide (greater than 900px). The layout adapts to the screen size to offer the best user experience possible, and is called "responsive" or "adaptive" layout.
This approach makes it so users get a similar user experience, regardless of what their screen size is. As more mobile devices are introduced at Boeing, we are ensuring well beforehand that our site will be usable on those devices.
We are working on a UI update which will make our site run even faster than it does now. This new interface will be built on Twitter's open-source UI framework called Bootstrap.
We highly recommend Bootstrap for intermediate to advanced web developers at Boeing. Be sure to get a non-standard approval as necessary (includes optional jQuery scripts which will need to be approved per project).