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Content Management Systems, Chapter 1: Foundations of CMS
Despite what the sales people will tell you, content management cannot be installed as an option, with some new piece of software. Planning is the key to successful content management, and you can't buy planning in a box. Content management is a deliberate process. This may seem obvious, but let me just make it clear that you have to plan.
Thinking about and identifying what your problems are
Listing what is needed to solve these problems
Developing a process to move forward and meet your requirements
It consists of knowledge of the issues, and a philosophy of how to handle problems. It implies some understanding of technology, and how to apply that knowledge to solve problems.
Implementing content management requires lots of choices. Do you buy a product, or build your own? How much training will be necessary? Which technology approach is the best fit for your organization?
From your plan will emerge a requirements document describing what your needs are, and a process to guide you. The actual choices of content management will then be much clearer.
Created: August 22, 2002
Revised: August 22, 2002