Welcome Two New CMS MythBusters

It’s not every day we hand out CMS MythBuster capes around here (never mind let folks in on the secret handshake). But we’re thrilled to introduce two new contributors to The CMS Myth blog, each of whom has a strong background in the intersection of digital strategy and web content management – something the world needs more of these days.

Meet John Eckman and Jake DiMare, our newest additions to the Connective DX Boston office, and to our humble CMS blog, where our aim is to deliver best practices and ideas to help organizations get smarter about their web CMS initiatives.

Both John and Jake join us in key roles at Connective DX, where they’ve been active in delivering web content management-centric consulting to notable clients (and what a mix: an international fast-food giant, an insurance leader, and one of the most scientifically complex companies you’ll ever come across — all in the last few weeks).

We’re glad to add their voices of sanity and pragmatism – and their thought leadership — to our blog and to our client work. Expect to read great stuff in the coming weeks and months.

Here’s a snapshot on our newest MythBusters. Drop them a line, follow them on Twitter, and certainly come back often to hear what they have to say here on the Myth.

John EckmanJohn Eckman

John, a digital strategist in Connective DX’s Boston office, has extensive cross-disciplinary experience in content management (with a focus on open source platforms) and digital strategy.

For the past five years, John’s been a practice director, subject matter expert, and senior strategist with Optaros, where he drove engagements with clients including Walmart.com, Harte-Hanks Shoppers, IDG Communications, and many others. Prior to Optaros, John directed the application development group for PixelMEDIA, and served as a principal consultant in engineering and user experience at Molecular. Previous clients have included Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, JPMorgan Invest, Fallon Community Health Plan, and Logica CMG.

Many of you may know John from his presence in the open source CMS community. He’s one of the founding organizers of WordCamp Boston (over 600 people attended the WordCamp Boston 2011 this July), has been a volunteer at BarCamp and PodCamp Boston, and he has created and maintains a popular WordPress plugin as well as other open source projects. (Time to reinvigorate that debate we sparked here last year as to whether WordPress is a CMS.) In addition, he’s lead a number of Drupal implementations and contributed Drupal modules. He also serves as technical architect, developer, and master-of-all-things-web for a local Boston non-profit association (also in Drupal).

He blogs at http://www.openparenthesis.org/, tweets as @jeckman, and has spoken frequently at conferences on open source content management, eCommerce, and community, including: Magento Imagine, Gilbane Boston (2010, 2008), WebContent Chicago, Enterprise 2.0, WordCamp NYC, and Web 2.0 Kongress (Hamburg, Germany). He holds a PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle, an MIS from Northeastern University, Boston, and a BA from Boston University.

Jake DiMareJake DiMare

Jake is a senior project manager in the Boston/Cambridge office, developing and implementing effective online strategies for clients involving CMS, in addition to social media, viral marketing and online video. He provides experience and knowledge in cross-channel online, offline and mobile marketing and is expert at getting to the heart of a client’s goals, objectives, voice and relationship dynamics.

And, thanks to a successful recent CMS gig he led, he knows way more than most people about marketing burgers on the web.

Jake previously worked as director of interactive at Viewpoint Creative in Newton, Mass., where he built the agency’s digital capability from the ground up while servicing global entertainment brands including The History Channel, HBO and Animal Planet (ask him about his work on the Dog Whisperer app).

Before his work at Viewpoint, Jake was a web software developer, information architect and project manager with agencies including RDW Group, iFactory and Fuseideas for over 5 years, where he designed, developed and deployed web applications such as http://massport.com for clients like Massachusetts Port Authority, Women’s Pro Soccer and MITX. He has spoken at such events as the Gilbane CMS conference and tweets as @jakedimare.

Guys, time to add CMS MythBuster to your resumes. Welcome. The secret handshake comes later.

About the Author
David Aponovich

A former 'CMS Insider,' David is relentlessly focused on the gap between vendor speak and customer adoption. In addition to keeping a keen eye on industry trends, he works with clients on the cultural and process implications of CMS that are so often overlooked. David wrote for the CMS Myth during his time working at Connective DX (formerly ISITE Design).

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