The difference between CMS and ECM

enterpriseThere’s a lot of alphabet soup in online and digital. One distinction that keeps confusing us is between CMS and ECM. What’s Enterprise Content Management (ECM)? How is it different from Content Management and a CMS? And does it have something to do with Star Trek? Continue reading “The difference between CMS and ECM”

Managing Content in the Middle East

Tunisia-3749 - Here comes the sun.....It’s been two years now since I graduated from being “regular visitor” to “permanent resident” in the Middle East. In the digital space, it’s an area of huge potential, and that’s of course what attracted me in the first place. It’s tempting to say the region is a few years behind the state-of-the-art in the U.S. and E.U., but that’s an oversimplification. In many ways, it’s just….different. Continue reading “Managing Content in the Middle East”

The Myth of the Millennial

158/366I’m getting a bit tired of generalisations about generations. Categorisations like Baby Boomers, Generation X, Y, Z, and Millennials have a habit of turning into useless simplifications. Especially if it’s then implied that this means we’re now going to need some sort of YOLO for enterprise apps. Continue reading “The Myth of the Millennial”

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How to manage sites in multiple languages

Canada Britain and FranceIn today’s global economy, you won’t get away with running your site in just one language. “Oh, let’s stick to English, everybody can read it” is not really an option. Do you want to take your visitors seriously; or better, want them to become customers? Address them in their own language. But how would you handle this in your site? It’s harder than you might think. Continue reading “How to manage sites in multiple languages”

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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?”

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”

Stop blaming “the system”

Once upon a time, I was teaching a class in information technology (and Internet) for law students. Each week, they’d get an assignment, which they had to send in through our e-learning system. It so happened that one day, one of my students did not submit his essay; so I asked him why. “Because the system was down,” was the excuse. This was funny, as at the time, I was also responsible for this particular system. Not only had there not been any downtime; with a few clicks I could also see this student didn’t even try to log on that week. I remember the guy becoming quite red in the face: he had never expected to be called on his bluff. Continue reading “Stop blaming “the system””

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“This online stuff is too technical for me”

One of the most annoying things in digital and online, something I keep hearing, is people going “that’s too technical for me,” usually about something fairly trivial. I don’t consider myself to be a technical person, but in this space, tech comes with the territory. There’s no getting around it. Continue reading ““This online stuff is too technical for me””

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Your CMS will be 7 times as expensive as you think

Rules of thumb can be dangerous — because of the inherent broad generalizations. But they can also be quite useful, especially if they highlight something that may be unpleasant to hear, but shouldn’t be ignored. Continue reading “Your CMS will be 7 times as expensive as you think”

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SharePoint is a Swiss Army Knife

I’ve said this before, in various ways. But sometimes, the simple analogies seem to work the best: if you think of SharePoint, think of it as a Swiss Army Knife.

That sounds great, doesn’t it? It’s like the multi-tool of content technologies. Imagine a major vendor and integrators turning up at dinner to explain how great their Swiss Army Knife is for any purpose, and yes, it’s excellent to carve your food with, too. Why go with just a knife, if you can have a whole range of additional functionality in one system? Continue reading “SharePoint is a Swiss Army Knife”

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