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Choosing the right CMS is like ‘War and Peace’ – it’s long, it features a great many characters and keeping track of the names can be quite a struggle!
The CMS selection process begins with gathering business requirements, building a business case and writing an RFP. Everything is possible at this stage. All opportunities are open. But the challenge lies in differentiating key needs from nice-to-haves, and keeping the number of requirements below one bazillion.
The next step is researching CMS marketplace, identifying key players, understanding their history and future potential, and getting to know industry analysts and experts, who’ve been there and done that.
Then there’s reading and evaluating vendors’ responses – War and Peace indeed, no less! – followed by skillfully rehearsed vendor demonstrations. Somewhere within reach there are also CMS implementation partners who keep your both feet firmly on the ground.
Then there’s an interesting part. Negotiations. If there were any doubts over how the licencing and pricing of CMS systems works, these are now multiplied many times over.
Then, finally, there’s a moment of peace. Or is it a moment of truth?