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When selecting a new content management system, where does open-source fit in, and is this the right question? Includes audio (55 min), recorded at the LGWebNetwork conference in Sydney in August ...

When selecting a new content management system, where does open-source fit in, and is this the right question? Includes audio (55 min), recorded at the LGWebNetwork conference in Sydney in August 2008.

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Open-source web CMS: the right question? [+ audio] Open-source web CMS: the right question? [+ audio] Presentation Transcript

  • Open-source web CMS: are we asking the right questions? James Robertson, Step Two Designs (jamesr@steptwo.com.au)
  • { Vendor-neutral CMS consultancy }
  • { CMS expert }
  • { intranet expert }
  • { Open-source CMS? }
  • Commercial CMS
  • Products in the Australian market
  • Products in the Australian market
  • Products in the Australian marketplace
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  • Full list Australian products: www.steptwo.com.au /resources//australian-cms
  • Open-source CMS
  • Selection of open-source solutions
  • Benefits of open-source solutions
    • Low cost
    • Pay for services, not software
    • Ease of customisation
    • Open platforms
    • Pool resources across organisations
    • Community support
    • ‘ Try before you buy’
    • Future proofing
  • { There are two types of open-source CMS }
  • { Community-based open-source }
  • { Commercial open-source }
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  • Selecting a solution
  • { “Open-source” is the wrong question }
  • { Instead: how is the CMS going to work in practice? }
  • { Three questions }
  • { #1: usability for the expected authors? }
  • { #2: self-sufficiency for site administrators? }
  • { #3: how much development and by who? }
  • Scenario A Decentralised authors Self-sufficiency for site admins Out-of-the-box solution
  • Scenario B Centralised publishing Strong web skills Resources for site setup
  • Scenario C Unique business needs Extensive integration Development resources
  • A few other things to think about
  • { Don’t make it about the technology }
  • { Plan a finite lifetime for your new CMS }
  • { Match the CMS to where you are currently at }
  • { Again: how do you want the CMS to work in practice? }
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  • { Questions? }
    • James Robertson, Step Two Designs
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