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Content Management Conference Season Is Upon Us

2/27/2009
Late winter and spring seem like prime time for content management conferences. If you were so inclined, you could practically make back-to-back reservations so that you're out of the office from March through June. Here's a quick look at a few of the conferences and events coming up for the first half of 2009. Ladies and gentlemen, start your frequent flyer miles!

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Asbru's Latest Web CMS Delivers Impressive Features, Value

2/24/2009
Asbru may not snare as many headlines as some other content management systems, but over the last decade it has built up an impressive client base, and has continuously made impressive enhancements to its CMS. The release earlier this month of Asbru Web Content Management v7.0 is no exception and I don't think it's hyperbole to say that it's their strongest release to date.

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Kentico's Latest CMS Focuses On Social Networking

2/17/2009
I've been keeping an eye on Kentico CMS for a while now, and I've been consistently impressed with its products. With each release, it has been adding substantial new features to an already solid foundation and Kentico CMS 4.0, released earlier this month, is no exception. This release focuses on a number of social networking tools, including support for blogs, wikis, and community-building and management features.

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At Last, A Major Update For PortalApp .NET

2/11/2009
In the content management system world, there's a fine line between "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" and simply letting your product get stagnant while competitors race ahead. While it had been starting to look like Iatek's PortalApp .NET might be falling into the second category, the release last week of PortalApp .NET Enterprise 4.0 puts the company squarely back into the thick of things.

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How Simple Is Too Simple?

2/2/2009
As traditional blogging platforms such as WordPress and Movable Type seem to make their products more like full-fledged content management systems with each release, there's an interesting counter-movement bubbling up: content management tools that seek to provide simplicity over deep functionality.

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Hard Decisions Loom As CMS Vendors Face Tough Times

1/26/2009
It's an unfortunate reality that in an economy like this not every content management vendor is going to stay afloat. While many ultimately will make it through, some are certain to be taken over and others simply will be forced to shut their doors.

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Adobe Launches Two New Content Authoring Suites

1/21/2009
Content management tools aren't just used for posting content to Web sites -- they also can be used for authoring and presenting documentation, creating interactive courses, and countless other purposes. Adobe this week announced the launch of two new content authoring suites, each with a separate target audience but a similar focus on delivering compelling content using mature, well-integrated tools.

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MixedInk Helps Large Groups Find A Common Voice

1/20/2009
While there's no shortage of collaboration tools for small workgroups, large groups with dozens or even hundreds of individuals are somewhat limited in the ways they have to work together. With a multitude of opinions to consider, authoring and building consensus on a single document can be challenging, and while traditional wikis have their place, a company called MixedInk has launched a new service aimed at making the process easier and more efficient.

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Google Blog Converters Project Simplifies Platform Migrations

1/14/2009
Content migration can be one of the more technically challenging tasks facing administrators, whether you're running a complex site with thousands of articles or a simple blog with a handful of posts. Hoping to ease the pain a bit for the latter, Google recently introduced the Google Blog Converters project, which features tools intended to make migrations easier to and from a number of popular blogging and content manageme

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MojoPortal A Solid CMS Option For .NET Shops

1/12/2009
While there are plenty of options to choose from if you're looking for free, open source PHP-based content management systems, the list is much shorter for organizations using Microsoft's .NET framework and coding in C#. While DotNetNuke has received the lion's share of attention over the past year or so, it certainly isn't the only game in town.

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Looking Into The Content Management Crystal Ball

12/23/2008
I've never been one to make grand predictions about the future of technology, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy hearing what others have to say. As 2008 comes to a close, a handful of prognosticators are stepping forward to offer up their vision for the future of content management. Here are some of the more interesting lists ...

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Print Media Giants Evolve Into Online-Only Models

12/19/2008
As more household names from print make the migration to the Web, it will be more critical than ever for them to focus on certain principles that lay the foundation for a successful site. From my point of view, there are three basic things they need to get right: the content itself, the design, and the content management tools.

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PBwiki Leads The Hosted Wiki Pack

12/18/2008
Few tools are as effective as a wiki when an organization needs to quickly post and collaborate on content. Dozens of free and paid options for creating a wiki exist, but when it comes to quickly and easily creating a wiki with minimal technical headaches, I keep coming back to PBwiki.

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Gilbane CMS Conference Highlights

12/8/2008
It's usually no fun hearing about a party you weren't able to make it to, and while I wasn't at the Gilbane Content Management Conference in Boston last week, a number of highlights caught my attention.

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Day's Great Year

11/18/2008
Day Software is having an outstanding year so far. It landed squarely in the Visionaries quadrant of Gartner's 2008 Enterprise Content Management Magic quadrant report just a month ago, and its year-to-date revenue as reported at the end of last quarter was up nearly 10% from 2007. But probably the most exciting accomplishment is the release of newest version of its flagship Web content management system, Communiqué (CQ) 5.1.

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Looking To Online Newspapers For Design Tips

11/12/2008
It can be easy to fall into the trap of focusing so much on content management tools that you end up forgetting that they don't mean much of anything without good site design. Smashing Magazine this week published a great piece on newspaper Web sites that serves as a strong reminder of that very point.

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IBM's Enterprise Content Management Push

10/29/2008
Content management systems may not be the first thing that comes to mind at the mention of IBM's name, but this week it's being made clear that they play a critical part in IBM's Information On Demand strategy.

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Step Two Designs Introduce A Free Resource For Intranets

10/17/2008
There are dozens (or hundreds or thousands) of resources for intranet advice on the Web, and while some of them do deliver helpful advice and articles on the life cycle of planning, building, deploying, and maintaining an intranet, many lack depth and hands-on experience.

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Zimplit Aims To Simplify Content Management

10/13/2008
At a time when other content management systems are locked in what seems like an arms race to add new features, a return to simplicity can be kind of refreshing. Introduced just a few months ago, Zimplit claims to be the easiest content management system ever made, and while I'd argue that on a number of levels, it is pretty darn easy to set up and use.

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What Does Gartner's ECM Magic Quadrant Mean To You?

9/29/2008
Content management reports and analysis always are interesting fodder for discussion, and now that Gartner's 2008 Magic Quadrant report on enterprise content management is complete, it's certain to have an equal number of vendors crowing about their inclusion, as well as those who question Gartner's findings.

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The Evolution Of Content Creation Tools

9/24/2008
As our content creation needs grow and evolve, the tools we use for authoring content need to grow as well. The same tools and approached that worked 10 or 15 years ago will struggle to meet our needs today.

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Content Management Software As A Service Comes Of Age

9/23/2008
It has taken quite some time, but it seems that centrally hosted content management tools are finally beginning to reach critical mass. And as content management Software as a Service offerings (SaaS) become more reliable and feature rich, there's no reason to expect the trend of businesses adopting them to slow down.

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Bluenog Offers Integrated Portal, CMS And Business Intelligence Suite

9/16/2008
Bluenog, released Bluenog ICE 4.0 this week, intended to address multiple enterprise needs by bringing together portal, content management and business intelligence software in one integrated package. ICE 4.0, which stand for Integrated Collaborative Environment, brings together the latest versions of Bluenog CMS, Bluenog RichPortal, with their newly released Business Intelligence module.

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Careful With That Publish Button

9/9/2008
When a mistake causes content to go live before (or long after) its time, there's plenty of finger-pointing and blame to go around. But one thing is certain -- when you're in the driver's seat of a content management system, wield the "Publish" button carefully.

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What Does Web 2.0 Mean To Your Business?

9/8/2008
Deciphering what Web 2.0 means to your organization can be challenging but getting up to speed with the lingo, tools and technology can only benefit you and your team. From a content management perspective, Web 2.0 means innovative tools that offer a completely new approach to process and collaboration. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

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Using A Wiki In Your Enterprise

8/27/2008
Although it seems that they've have gained more traction and attention over the past few years, growing a successful wiki in most organizations is still often a grassroots effort, driven by dedicated technologists and content providers.

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Finding Out If SharePoint Is Right For Your Organization

8/26/2008
With a quickly growing market share and a broad set of functionality, SharePoint has become one of Microsoft's most recent success stories. For almost any organization considering an investment in an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platform, SharePoint is probably somewhere on the short list. But like anything else, one size does not fit all, and SharePoint isn't a silver bullet to meet every organization's needs. So how do you find out if it will meet yours?

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Zoho Share Simplifies Document Sharing

8/25/2008
Zoho, a provider of hosted productivity applications, last week introduced Zoho Share. Zoho Share addresses a long-standing user community pet peeve by bringing the documents and files created across Zoho's online applications into one interface which can be shared with other users, and, longer-term, within an organization.

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Content Management Acronym Soup

8/22/2008
I was recently (justly) taken to task for assuming that readers of this blog would know what the acronyms in the content management space mean. Not just what the three- and four-letter acronyms we throw around stand for, but also what technologies and processes they actually represent. The funny thing is that even within the content management community, there isn't always agreement. So here's an attempt to try to demystify things a bit.

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Xerox Works To Bring Document Management To The Masses

8/21/2008
Xerox this week announced a new addition to its DocuShare family of content and document management products. With DocuShare Express, small to medium-sized businesses can get a solid, reasonably priced system to manage information and content, all while integrating easily with existing Xerox hardware using the new Extensible Interface Platform (EIP) connector.

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SpringCM 4.4 Adds Robust Records Management Capabilities

8/14/2008
SpringCM this week announced the addition of records management capabilities to its enterprise content management platform. Adding this to the already-solid foundation of its document management and workflow/process automation capabilities makes SpringCM version 4.4 one of a very few systems offering this level of functionality in a fully hosted, software-as-a-service model.

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Mitigating The Risks Of ECM Implementations

8/12/2008
The technical decisions behind what enterprise content management (ECM) system to use are only a fraction of the equation in a full implementation. With so many good platforms to choose from, some of the most critical decisions -- and biggest risks -- within an organization have nothing to do with technology.

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Getting Started With: WordPress

8/8/2008
WordPress has emerged as one of the most popular blogging and content management platforms available, and for good reason: it's simple to set up, yet powerful and flexible to use. The fact that it's free and open source doesn't hurt a bit, either.

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Consistently Delivering High-Value Content

8/7/2008
We're all painfully aware that making high-quality, relevant content easy to find on your site can be a challenge. Ultimately, consistently delivering high-value content takes a mix of high- and low-tech approaches.

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Blurring The Lines Between Blogging And Content Management

8/6/2008
I've read a few interesting pieces lately discussing how platforms traditionally associated with blogging are morphing into content management systems. It's a natural extension, really, with many organizations that run simple sites wanting to provide both blog-like newsfeeds as well as static content pages.

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Looking At Open Source CMS Market Share

7/28/2008
Lots of factors go into choosing an open source content management system: ease-of-use, compatibility with existing systems, support options, user communities, functionality. And while you don't want the selection process to turn into a popularity contest, knowing what systems are building critical mass and increasing (or decreasing) in popularity can be helpful.

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Content Migrations: Not For The Faint Of Heart

7/24/2008
A number of bloggers in the content management community have been buzzing about why Oracle recently migrated its internal and external blogs to Movable Type instead of one of its own tools. It's a fair question, but the migration is understandable, as Movable Type is a solid platform, and well-suited to the type of work they are doing. But I'm interested in a more pragmatic question: How did Oracle manage to migrate all of that content?

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Building A Case For Document And Content Management

7/22/2008
The July/August issue of AIIM E-DOC Magazine features an interesting document and content management case study by John Harney this month titled "Making a Case for Content Management." The return on investment in the case study is stunning -- a government agency was able to save nearly half a million dollars in taxpayer funds a year by going from a manual to an automated system.

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