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Talk given at Front-end London on the 28th May 2015

Digital projects involve a great deal of choices around products and technologies, with a content management system often being integral. Using this scenario, we’ll explore certain pitfalls around selecting technology for the wrong reasons and discuss important questions that should be considered before choices are made.

Talk given at Front-end London on the 28th May 2015

Digital projects involve a great deal of choices around products and technologies, with a content management system often being integral. Using this scenario, we’ll explore certain pitfalls around selecting technology for the wrong reasons and discuss important questions that should be considered before choices are made.

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Choosing the "right" CMS (and other things)

  1. SALLY JENKINSON · @sjenkinson · Front-end London · 28th May 2015 Choosing the “right” cms (or other things)
  2. Hello! SALLY JENKINSON Freelance technical consultant & solutions architect ! @sjenkinson sally@recordssoundthesame.com recordssoundthesame.com
  3. @sjenkinson
  4. TODO @sjenkinson
  5. Choosing YOUR TECHNOLOGY
  6. a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away* *Kent
  7. @sjenkinson
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  10. @sjenkinson Tip 1: don’t put yourself into maintenance hell
  11. Disclaimer
  12. http://goo.gl/3dU4Hf @sjenkinson
  13. @sjenkinson
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  16. Tip 2: Understanding needs
  17. As a new developer, I am easily swayed by the opinions of people I respect, or at least view as more experienced. […] ! One person stated that I don’t need to worry about making open source contributions and I went “Yay, cool, less pressure”, another seemed to state that I am of little worth if I don’t contribute “Fuck, okay, I guess I better get on that then”. I wish programmers were more aware of the things they are saying and the attitudes they express, and how that might effect a young padawan like me. Charlotte Spencer http://goo.gl/Uc2tSl @sjenkinson TIP 3: Your choices can influence others
  18. THE agency should always decide
  19. @sjenkinson TIP 4: What’s your motivation?
  20. TIP 4: choose solutions for the right reasons
  21. THE product can do everything
  22. @sjenkinson TIP 5: ask the right questions
  23. everyone else is using it
  24. @sjenkinson TIP 6: everyone’s different
  25. Is bespoke best?
  26. Back in 2008 (when we started Bearded), one of our differentiators was that we built every site on a CMS. At the time, many agencies had not-insignificant revenue streams derived from updating their clients’ site content on their behalf. ! But we didn’t want to do that work, and our clients didn’t want to pay for it. Building their site on a CMS and training them to use it was a natural solution. It solved both of our problems, recurring revenue be damned! It gave our clients power that they wanted and needed. Matt GRiffin http://goo.gl/XPM5kK @sjenkinson
  27. TIP 7: choices can have a business impact
  28. Not just for Developers/designers TIP 7: you are not your users
  29. How do I choose the right thing?
  30. @sjenkinson ?
  31. gov.uk/service-manual/making-software/choosing-technology “You can change your mind” “Start with capabilities” “Cost” “Involve everyone”“Testing and deployment” “Lock-in” “New vs existing software” “Commercial or open source” “Security”
  32. Features Open source Costs KNOCK-ON IMPACTS Complexity APPROPRIATENESS User experience/ experience of users Constraints/ flexibility Product confidence LEVEL OF CUSTOMISATION NEEDED fit with your overall architecture migration vendor support @sjenkinson
  33. TIP 8: explain your choices @sjenkinson
  34. “It depends” - EveryONE, ever @sjenkinson
  35. @sjenkinson
  36. Thank you Sally Jenkinson recordssoundthesame.com sally@recordssoundthesame.com · @sjenkinson

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