The Perrennial CMS Question
November 26, 2008 9:29 AM Subscribe
Replacing legacy software. I'm looking for a CMS or web platform. Help me do my job again, hive mind.
posted by mike_bling to technology (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I recently started a new job as a web technology coordinator for a large non-profit institution. A significant portion of my job is to provide support for a very expensive, very dead piece of software that was purchased a few years ago to be used for the maintenance of a variety of public and internal websites. It is almost universally hated by users, is far from a trusted system, and is no longer maintained by the vendor. Additionally, it seems that this system rarely, if ever, met specific project requirements and was therefore replaced in various areas by custom PHP, or in some cases full-blown CMSes (Drupal, in one case). What this software does provide is a decent separation from the actual website (in other words, it does offline processing) so hopefully it won't be too painful to export existing content.
I am now being asked to look into pricing a replacement for this system, with an emphasis on mid-market CMSes. I definitely want to avoid being stuck with an unsupported and closed system again, and pretty much any proprietary CMS runs that risk. Some of the competitors that they didn't go with originally were Ingeniux and Sitecore. Personally, I'm already leaning toward open-source solutions for individual projects, but an implementation of that is much harder to budget for years in advance. I've also seen sites like CMS Watch, but that just seems like a scam to me. We do have a history of relying on open source, so it's less a fear issue than a budgeting issue. Buying a big, expensive tool makes it much easier to say what the money is for ahead of time (whether or not it's accurate is another question).
How have other people dealt with this sort of situation? Have enterprise CMS solutions improved recently? What are some other resources that I can use to help me find a replacement?