The CMS Myth is alive and well in Oregon

Like it's northwest brother Bigfoot it appears that the CMS myth is alive and well and my job as a mythbuster if far from over.  Last week I spoke to a standing room only crowd about the CMS Myth for a Software Association of Oregon event.  The presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session with several of the attendees staying after to share their personal CMS horror stories.  To give you a quick sampling of the type of things I heard: 

  • A company forced to use a CMS because the wife of the CEO worked for that company.
  • People still confused on how CMS products are classified, got the question is a wiki a CMS?
  • A large organization implemented the same CMS twice.  The first time was a pilot that took off to well and failed due to 'CMS urban sprawl'  The second time cooler heads won out and they then spent almost two years planning to roll it correctly.

It is events like these that help keep us energized on our mission to educate anyone willing to listen about the the real world challenge organizations might face in implementing a CMS, help them in having realistic expectations and hopefully putting them on the path to CMS enlightment.

I want thank the SAO and Stan Davis of Straight-On Internet Consulting LLC  for putting on a first class event and giving me an opportunity to get up on my soapbox.

About the Author
George Ross

With more than a dozen years of experience leading enterprise web projects, George has seen the good, bad and ugly when it comes to CMS deployments. George brings an objective eye and a healthy dose of cynicism in evaluating the role of technology in the enterprise.

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  1. Brent Norris says:

    I like your myth-busters approach. Like your comment about moving from aspirational to operational. -wait a minute, is “operational” gaining ground as an adjective in schools? rhetorical, sorry…

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