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A presentation made at the 2008 Plone Conference in Washington D.C. by Ken Wasetis of ContextualCorp.com on the topic of Why the Plone Content Management System (CMS) is a Good Choice for Government ...

A presentation made at the 2008 Plone Conference in Washington D.C. by Ken Wasetis of ContextualCorp.com on the topic of Why the Plone Content Management System (CMS) is a Good Choice for Government Agencies, Departments, and Organizations

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Plone in Government - Ken Wasetis -ContextualCorp.com Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Why Plone Works Well For Government Agencies Presenter: Ken Wasetis ken.wasetis@contextualcorp.com Contextual Corporation www.contextualcorp.com
  • 2. Overview ● Advantages of Using a CMS ● Advantages of Open Source ● Special Considerations for Public Sector Web Sites ● Why Plone is a Good Fit ● Advantages of Plone vs. Other CMS Tools ● Recommendations ken.wasetis@contextualcorp.com
  • 3. Advantages of Using a CMS ● Improved Departmental Efficiences ● Standardized / Automated Workflows ● Easy for Non-Technical Users to Edit Content ● Allows IT to Focus on Strategic Technical Work ● Audit Trail / Accountability ● Content Versioning ● Comparison of Content Revisions ken.wasetis@contextualcorp.com
  • 4. Advantages of Using a CMS (continued) ● Control Permissions By Department / Role ● Separation of Content and Presentation ● Reuse of Content (Manage One Copy) ● Searchability / Management of Metadata ● Scheduling of Publishing / Expiration of Content ● Consistent Brand / Look and Feel ken.wasetis@contextualcorp.com
  • 5. Advantages of Open Source ● Flexibility to Customize and Extend! – Warning to Integrators: Explain Who Develops Plone ● Community – Smart orgs learn to work with / sponsor / leverage ● Abundance of Integrators – Compare Plone to Vignette, Interwoven, etc. not Java/.Net/PHP Developers – it's a CMS! ● Access to Source Code – To Assess and/or Improve ken.wasetis@contextualcorp.com
  • 6. Advantages of Open Source (continued) ● Get Useful New Features First – Commercial tools significantly lag OSS (think RSS, wiki, forums, blogs, AJAX, etc.) ● Internationalization / Translations for Interface – Plone has developers all over the world! ● Quality – More eyeballs on the code ● Security – Not through obscurity ken.wasetis@contextualcorp.com
  • 7. Special Considerations: Public Sector Web Sites ● Accessibility Guidelines (W3C, etc.) ● Usability (Like MS Word via Browser) ● Open Source License Concerns ● Extensibility / Flexibility / Customizations ● Versioning / Audit Trail ken.wasetis@contextualcorp.com
  • 8. Special Considerations: Public Sector Web Sites (continued) ● Workflow / Permissions ● Security ● Search-engine Friendly ● Cost ● Support ken.wasetis@contextualcorp.com
  • 9. Why Plone is a Good Fit ● All the Benefits of a CMS ● All the Benefits of Open Source ● Thanks to Linux! – For breaking through the FUD ● Thanks to Microsoft, IBM, Oracle ... – For lacking real ECM vision for so long ● Thanks to Vignette, Interwoven, RedDot ... – For being really expensive! ken.wasetis@contextualcorp.com
  • 10. Advantages of Plone vs. Other CMS Tools ● Cost (software, consulting, support) ● OSS License / Transparency ● Extensibility (and 80/20 rule) ● Foundation / IP Leadership / Strategic Planning ● Unrivaled Community / Support – 80-180 developers/users on #plone 24/7 – Specialized mailing lists ken.wasetis@contextualcorp.com
  • 11. Advantages of Plone vs. Other CMS Tools ● Superior Workflow Capabilities ● Superior / Fine-Grained Permission Enforcement ● Superior Version Control / Audit Trail / Locking ● Usability, Accessibility, i18n ● Security Options (static, cloud) ● Road-tested ken.wasetis@contextualcorp.com
  • 12. Recommendations ● Check out www.plonegov.org ● Stop Free-loading / Give Back / Interact / Improve! ● Keep the Plone Logo as your favicon.ico ;) ● Need more U.S. Govs to come out of Closet – Sponsor a sprint or conference – Put out press release – helps Plone, helps you! ● Many Large U.S. Govs are using Plone or in Process – They just can't / won't tell you that – They do share notes among selves, so it's growing ken.wasetis@contextualcorp.com
  • 13. Follow-up Ken Wasetis Email: ken.wasetis@contextualcorp.com IRC: ctxlken ken.wasetis@contextualcorp.com