I was recently advising a new research subscriber of ours whose Web Content & Experience Management selection project had dragged on for more than a year.
This delay was not for lack of effort. They had developed long spreadsheets of requirements, attended numerous webinars, downloaded white papers, and talked to peers. The problem is that they didn't follow an empirical process to figure out what really mattered. So they ended up jousting internally, using competing vendors as proxies for vaguely-conceived ambitions.
Total selectile dysfunction.
Those of you who have been following us for the past eleven years know the solution to this problem: articulating narrative, test-oriented scenarios. We have templates for these, but it's more important to just do it in the first place than follow a particular model.
Scenarios are also the key to narrowing down the paralyzing array of plausible vendors to a reasonable shortlist. Check out our Custom ShortList Builder for an example of how you can accomplish this quickly and effectively.
Web Content Management Evaluation Stream looks at... Product Licensing for e-Spirit FIRSTspirit
"Rather than licensing by implementation scale (e.g., the number of CPUs), e-Spirit licenses its offerings by feature. There is a basic license for just getting started with the product. You then pay additionally, depending on how many channels you need to serve (intranet, Internet, extranet). Additional modules are extra, and there is an added rate for each additional concurrent user..."
Learn the real strengths and weaknesses of major CMS vendors from around the world, in our Web Content & Experience Management evaluation research stream.
"The Web CMS Research was the roadmap for our entire CMS selection process. It truly provided a basis for understanding what we should look for and expect in a CMS. Above all, since we used the report as our guide, we are more than confident in our CMS selection. If we had to go through the process all over again, we'd still rely as heavily on this report as we did the first time."
Michele McDonald, IT Project Manager, University of Oklahoma
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