When your Open Source WCM system gets enterprisey

  • April 8, 2014

Like their commercial brethren, you can see a kind of restless desire among the major open source WCM projects to go "up-market," by making their systems more enterprise-friendly -- and by extension more complicated

PhoneGap/Cordova Vs Oracle and IBM Mobile Offerings

  • September 19, 2013

A key question arises: if you develop your mobile application using web technologies and use Cordova to wrap it, why license Oracle ADF Mobile, IBM Worklight, Adobe or one of the other commercial vendors in the first place instead of using Cordova directly?

Looking for a CMS-focused conference? Consider CMS Expo

  • April 25, 2013

RSG subscribers and consulting clients often ask me for a recommendation on a content management conference. I have to admit: there aren’t that many CMS/WCM-focused shows left these days. But one of them is a three-day CMS Expo, set to commence on May 14 in Evanston, Illinois.

Is Hybrid Cloud File-sharing Right for You?

  • March 18, 2013

Some common arguments against cloud-based services in general -- and cloud-based file sharing services in particular -- revolve around the security implications of your files getting stored outside your firewall.

A typical argument goes like this

Is Plone Really More Secure Than Drupal and Joomla?

  • February 11, 2013

Security is a touchy subject in the Web CMS world in general and very touchy in particular among open source WCXM projects, since open source platforms are frequently accused (often unfairly) of being inherently insecure by dint of their more open development models.

So it's been interesting to watch some Plone adherents contrast their platform's security profile to that of some major competitors

What TinyMCE, FCK, and IE9 Problems Can Teach Us

  • January 23, 2013

When Microsoft began releasing betas of Internet Explorer 9 in 2010, Redmond's huge global user community quickly started uncovering various strengths and weaknesses of the new version. One demerit quickly emerged that still hasn't completely gone away: IE9 doesn't play well with certain versions of the popular rich text editor ("RTE") TinyMCE as well as its main competitor, FCK/CK

What watching Top Gear can teach the technology buyer

  • December 13, 2012

If you've not seen the UK show (or the local variants that exist in the US, Australia, and Germany), one of the regular features is to set a timed lap in a vehicle as part of a review. Same track, same(ish) driver, and therefore a reasonable comparison on performance.

There are some lessons here for technology buyers.

What a Failed Umbraco Release Can Teach Us About Upgrades

  • November 28, 2012

Experienced web professionals know that with content management systems there is no such thing as an easy upgrade. Upgrades have the potential to affect your existing customizations, plug-ins, and integration code. They can turn a perfectly healthy implementation into a dysfunctional and embarrassing work-in-progress