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By manu.rao ·
My organisation is looking to implement a CMS - we are a traditional publishing house who now want to move to the web, whilst keeping our traditional revenue stream going.
We want to engage in 1) selling our content to others; and 2) create an interactive web experience for our consumers.
To this end we are considering Vignette and Interwoven as possible choices. The chosen system must support content sale, publishing to the web, publishing to magazines, WAP, Digital Television, etc.
Has anyone had experience with these systems and could you offer some broad and general feedback? Thanks

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by bubong In reply to Content Management System

A client of mine was considering Vignette in the past as well. Apparently, the price was not justified. We then suggested that the same functionalities could easily be developed, and evetually administered, using Lotus Notes. What's more there are sites that offer virtual hosting on a Domino platform, which made it much more attractive to him. He didn't need to colocate or purchase his own server. This site we built was really heavy on content, db, etc. --- its a medical site. Content sale can be supported by lotus notes, as-is or bundled with IBM websphere commerce server. That depends on the functionalities you require. I am not sure if WAP and Digital TV is native to Lotus Notes, but I'm sure there are cheaper third-party apps that can interface with notes and achieve the same results. I am pretty much sure that you wont be spending as much.

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by info In reply to Content Management System

We've been looking at what publishers (particularly those with a print base) need when going onto the Web and how this can be tied in with the traditional business model.

There are a number of approaches. For some, it's like sitting in a dinghy, rowing frantically and not getting very far (ie the site doesn't offer a great many features or services to reader, but then it hasn't cost a lot either...).

For others, there's the Titanic option -- usually a decent set of site services (though they may cluster around, say, document management or workflow), and it sails along nicely. It costs a lot (which is where Vignette comes in) and sometimes it hits an iceberg and disappears (usually represented by those who try to develop their own customized solution to all things, *very* expensive and often fatal). It just about always needs a dedicated crew to handle it on a daily basis.

There aren't a lot of speedy jetboats with grunty engines out there (though we'd like to think we were one :-).

At the risk of stating the obvious, one of the most important things to be aware of is that such a move is a major business decision and you have to look very hard at your business model to see if you can justify it.

Selling content is not as easy as it looks and you do need to have all the underpinning structures in place if you're going to make a go of it. Some of the more specialised systems out there haven't thought about it from the publisher's angle, which is why you can end up trying to bolt a whole range of solutions together in an often-futile attempt to get your ecommerce package to talk to the CMS and interact with the subs database etc etc.

That way lies the bottom of the ocean...

So I'd urge you to look at the strategic picture well before looking at the individual systems, and wish you the best of luck!
Cheers, Vicki

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by volkan In reply to Content Management System

Hello,

I'm now working on a similar project and have a strong focus on Open Market's Content centre.

I'm focusing on not just a CMS but also an underlying business work flow.

The product seems qualifying my needs. But some time needed to get the results.

Good Luck

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by charlie.brackett In reply to Content Management System

Take a look at SmartCode Dynamic Syndication Server by Information Architects (ia.com). It is not a content management system, rather a dynamic content delivery system. Maintenance of content is an intermediary respository is not require saving a lot of cost for publishers and subscribers alike. Content sale, publishing to the web, publishing to magazines, WAP, and Digital Television are all supported, and since has an open architecture, needed functionality not included can be rapidly developed. It is FAR less costly than rolling your own. SmartCode also seamlessly integrates with Interwoven if you need ready-made work flow and version control.

Good luck.

Charlie

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by techconsultant In reply to Content Management System

The best of the shelf solution available for your needs is Informix Media360. I was involved in a proof of concept exercise for a media database and found the product to be excellent.

Regards

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