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Open Source and Content Management (+audio)


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Open Source solutions are becoming more commonplace in corporate IT, with two thirds of companies using Open Source today or planning to use it soon. We've all heard the hype: cheaper to buy, cheaper to run, cheaper to fix. Using Open Source software reduces your risks. But how does this translate to the world of Content Management?

The advantages of Open Source systems go beyond simple cost savings. Content management by its very nature requires a significant level of customisation and integration to meet business requirements. By not prohibiting the inspection and modification of the source code, Open Source enables a level of flexibility not available with proprietary systems.

Open Source enables you to leverage a culture of trust and openness, rather than secrecy. By having access to the source code, a customer can be safe in the knowledge that everything that the software vendor was intended to deliver can be independently verified.

In this talk you will learn how the Open Source community works, how its distributed nature makes it more resilient, and how you can become a part of it and benefit. We will cover the key criteria to consider when evaluating which Open Source CMS is the right fit for your requirements.

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Open Source and Content Management (+audio)

  1. 1. Open Source and Content Management Matt Hamilton Member of the Board, Plone Foundation Technical Director, Netsight Internet Solutions IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  2. 2. What is Open Source? Software that is released with source code under a license that permits access to the code and derivative works IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  3. 3. Some notable OS projects IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  4. 4. Open Source CMS landscape IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  5. 5. Open Source CMS landscape IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  6. 6. Why Open Source? 3 Key Reasons for Open Source in Content Management: – Better Fit – More Transparent – Lower Risk IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  7. 7. Why Open Source? Better Fit – Closing the requirements gap – Open Source provides a lower common denominator IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  8. 8. Why Open Source? More Transparent – Auditability – Access to source code invaluable for customisation – Project / roadmap more transparent IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  9. 9. Why Open Source? Lower Risk – Lower risk of 'dead-ends' – Lower risk of failure – Lower risk of takeover – Empower IT department IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  10. 10. Who is using Open Source? Eighty-fve percent of companies are already using open-source software, with most of the remaining 15 percent expecting to do so within the next year, according to analysts at Gartner. Gartner, Open-Source Impact on Application Software, Worldwide and Regional, Nov 2008 IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  11. 11. Who is using OS CMSs? IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  12. 12. Evaluating an OS CMS Without a vendor trying to pitch to you, how do you evaluate all these different CMS systems? – Does its features match what you need? – Does the technology stack ft your organisation? – How active is the community? – How many companies are there out there to call on for help and support? – What add-ons/extensions are there? – Documentation, books, training? IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  13. 13. Evaluating an OS CMS Prototype! IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  14. 14. Evaluating an OS CMS Prototyping – No license fees, so low barrier to entry – Plenty of consultancy companies to help you – Money invested up front on evaluation is wise move you would have just spend it on license fees anyways! – Prototype specifc functionality you need. You want custom content type for a report? You want users from Active Directory? Show us! – Can see through 'marketing gloss' IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  15. 15. Community IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  16. 16. Evaluating an OS CMS Community – How centralised is the project? Bus Number? – How easy is it to interact with? – Mailing lists – Conferences, Sprints, etc – Special interest groups – Published books? – Legal foundations? Licenses? Trademarks? IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  17. 17. Evaluating an OS CMS 'Commercial Open Source' – A project released under an Open Source licence, but developed and supported by primarily one company. – A double edged sword? – Does commercial support apply to OSS version of code? – Risks of vendor takeover / failure – Special interest groups – Open Source code, but closed source mentality IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  18. 18. Evaluating an OS CMS “The health, maturity and stability of an Open Source project is a direct refection of the health, maturity and stability of the community that surrounds it.” Open Source for the Enterprise, Dan Woods & Gautam Guliani IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  19. 19. Community Support IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  20. 20. Evaluating an OS CMS Formalised Methods – Business Readiness Rating (BRR) – Open Source Maturity Model – Navica – Open Source Maturity Model – Cap Gemini – Method for Qualifcation and Selection of Open Source software (QSOS) – Atos Origin IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  21. 21. Formalised methods Maturity Tests – Criteria set out of the software to be assessed for maturity. Usually a mixture of quantitative and evaluative questions Requirements Weightings – Different tests weighted according to the relevance of each test to the intended use (and users) Scores Awarded – Each item of software examined and given an overall score indicating comparative merit and readiness for deployment IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  22. 22. Formalised methods OSMM Weightings: Aspect Score Software 4 Support 2 Documentation 1 Training 1 Integration 1 Professional Services 1 TOTAL 10 IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  23. 23. Procuring an OS CMS Do your homework – Assess your own requirements – Evaluate different systems – Get consultant/integrators in to demo Look at TOTAL costs – Don't be afraid to spend some money in the evaluation Iterative Development – Don't try to do too much too quickly – Prototype IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008
  24. 24. Thank you! Questions? or come fnd me at the Plone stand, 349 or IMS 2008 4th Dec 2008