What’s The Best CMS?

Wired starsI really like Quora. They have managed to avoid turning into another chaos like Yahoo! Answers; and the style is very much like that of a modern, more social forum, with a very knowledgeable community. Yet, some topics still get inundated with the same question (in various guises), over and over again. The content management topic, for instance, is where everybody goes to ask what is the best CMS for… (insert a specific task, company, or vertical). If you really think that’s a simple enough question, read this. Continue reading “What’s The Best CMS?”

How much is your audience worth?

So you’ve worked hard and you’ve now got 2 million Facebook fans for your page. Or you managed to reach 700K followers for your Twitter account. And you can show that’s 20% more than last year, so that’s totally awesome! Everybody’s happy with you. But what’s the actual value of it? Continue reading “How much is your audience worth?”

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What is Big Data?

It’s the hype of 2012: Big Data. Somehow, everybody wants it, and if you don’t have it, at least you’re discussing it. Of course, as with any buzzword, there’s a slight problem: what exactly is this Big Data that everyone’s going on about? Or are we just lumping in everything together, with all the vendors and integrators just jumping on the bandwagon? Continue reading “What is Big Data?”

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In the Middle East, Mobile is bigger than huge

In 2012, suddenly, it seems, it’s finally sinking in that mobile is going to be really, really big. And that mobile sites are therefore really important, and you should get your site ready for mobile, too. (Or you should create an app, though I’m still skeptic about most apps.) To me, the interesting thing here in the Middle East, is that mobile is not just “going to be” big, it might already be bigger than the old web (as we used to access it on PCs). In fact, most new users will probably skip straight to the mobile web.  Anyone in the region needs to strongly consider a “mobile first” approach — because if it doesn’t work on mobile, your site is pretty useless. Continue reading “In the Middle East, Mobile is bigger than huge”

App Store? There’s an App for that

What, your system vendor doesn’t have an app store yet? Apple has popularized the concept, and most phone platforms now have something similar: Google’s Android Market and Nokia’s Ovi Store come to mind. So now everyone has to have one, not just devices, but enterprise software as well. Continue reading “App Store? There’s an App for that”

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Mobile Apps are Dead. Long Live the Mobile Web

It’s “Creating Headlines 101” — if you want to make an impact, you say “X is dead,” or at least ask rhetorically, “is Y an X killer?” This comes from a longstanding tradition. Most recently, Wired Magazine managed to reach the zenith with the article “The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet.” Even though that’s been discussed to death on the web (dead itself), allow me to spoof their title one last time. Just to make an entirely different point: whereas the mobile web is alive and kicking — it’s becoming nearly impossible to create mobile apps. Continue reading “Mobile Apps are Dead. Long Live the Mobile Web”

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Decoding Content Management jargon

Now that we’ve built content management to reach into the clouds, have we been punished by a confusion of tongues? Sure, there are tangible differences between, say, a page-based or a component-based system. And some labels are rooted in their underlying technology. Still, there’s a couple of archetypes we could at least attempt to label similarly. But while the lingua franca of content technologies is English, vendors aren’t exactly using the same dictionaries. Continue reading “Decoding Content Management jargon”

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How a volcano in Iceland disrupts online

My flight from Amsterdam to Valencia was one of the first to make it on-time, on-schedule this Tuesday — but of course, before that, I spent several days anxiously keeping track of the latest updates on the cloud hanging over Europe. And while I consider myself very lucky (a friend of mine will be stuck in Hong Kong until the 6th of May!), it gave me plenty of time to ponder just how important on-line communications play a role in this nowadays. Continue reading “How a volcano in Iceland disrupts online”

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Measuring the 90-9-1 Rule in Social Media

You may have heard of the 90/9/1 rule of social engagement: in essence, the rule posits that in a community, 90% of the people are passive readers; 9% are active participants; and 1% account for creating the majority of content. It’s key to understanding how the growth of an online community works. Continue reading “Measuring the 90-9-1 Rule in Social Media”

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Yammer not ready for the enterprise

Microblogging is the quintessential “keep it simple” service.  So when a vendor adds a seemingly minor new feature, that’s relatively big news. (Remember when Twitter added “retweets” last year?) Naturally, when Yammer announced its “community” functionality last week, it was immediately followed by a few gushy reports on what a game-changer this was. Rather than go by the demos, I waited until the service actually became available yesterday to have a look. Continue reading “Yammer not ready for the enterprise”