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Great talk on Plone in the enterprise

March 24, 2008

Jared Whitlocks talk at the Plone Conference in Naples 2007 was one of my favourites, and one of the most eye-opening. I new the big commercial enterprise CMSs are extremely expensive, but I didn’t know that their (Vignette and Teamsite in this case) attitude to their customers are this bad.

Novell ended up switching to Plone, and Jared explains why and how. Anybody interested in content management, and especially ECM, should see this.

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  1. I don’t know about Teamsite, but in US Federal circles Vignette is considered to be a ‘standard’. Its used for everything from CMS to Portal work, and it does none of it really well. The advantage it does have is name recognition in the world of Enterprise, and its nice and pricey.

    Sadly, Vignette is poorly documented, and the pricing means that many shops simply can’t afford the training. Hiring a Vignette consultant is also really expensive. Vignette also breaks the specification when it comes to writing out its nasty and very crufty, urls.

    Of course, around here in Washington, DC, that means if you have any expertise you can easily find jobs.

    In fact, in 2006 I had the opportunity to go work with Vignette based tools in order to rebuild the http://www.us.gov site. I had a choice then of going back into Java and learning a pricey CMS with certain jobs for the next 10 years, or continuing with Python and getting properly up to speed on Plone.

    I’m pretty sure I’m happer for choosing Plone.

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