My CMS does delivery too!

Content goes through three four distinct stages in its lifecycle – Creation, Management and finally Delivery Delivery and finally Archival. There are many products out there that claim to do delivery as well as content management and it becomes important to understand how they deliver content . Some products are good at management, others are good at delivery and some can do both.

I’ve been thinking of this topic for a while and will probably write a detailed whitepaper (that hopefully someone will publish :)). Here are some of my thoughts:

In my opinion, architectures for content delivery can be broadly classified into two types:

  • Loosely coupled delivery
  • Tightly coupled delivery

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Using XML features in MS Word for content migration

I’d talked about content migration in the ECM Offshoring piece recently. The content people often use Microsoft word to create unstructured content and then publish this content to their existing system. This changes after we finish implementing a new CMS for them as the content that is entered during this period needs to be moved to the new CMS powered site. One way obviously is to manually migrate it. Here’s another way though –

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ROI of collaboration

Today, I accidently stumbled upon Google Spreadsheets. I have not been able to try it out yet but this particular link really impressed me. Basically, multiple people can collaborate and see each other’s changes in real time. Tools like these and others like Microsoft’s next version of Office can change the way people collaborate.

Apart from the standard benefits of using collaboration tools,

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Changing Trends in ECM

ECM used to mean some amount of discipline. There was a strict differentiation between content and format. Once content was ready, people were expected to think and apply correct metadata so that content would be easily searchable. There were web based forms so that people could fill in data and metadata fields and submit content.

First came rich text editors using which ..

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