I've looked through most of the AskMe threads on various CMSes, and gotten a lot of good information on free and open source solutions, but I really want to know what I can get if I spend some money!
I'm in the unenviable position of moving my organization (a school district) from an ancient, mostly static site to a modern CMS. I should mention that I've asked a similar question
before. That was on a much smaller scale, and I went with WordpressMU then. This is a completely different situation, of course.
The re-built site will serve over 20 departments, thousands of employees, and tens of thousands of students and their parents. I love free and open source (or cheap and open source), and have been seriously considering Drupal or ExpressionEngine, but I am in no way against paying for something if it is going to offer more, better, and faster than these solutions right out of the box. What's surprising, though, is how little good information there seems to be on enterprise-level CMSes on the web -- Much less than there is about open source stuff, it would seem, but maybe I've been looking in the wrong places.
Ideally, I would find something that is easy to configure, easy to extend, and easy for end users to understand. I'm also looking to potentially re-use this same system at the various schools in the district, so flexible licensing and theming is a must. Something built with education in mind (courseware?) would be nice, but is not a requirement. Localization, on the other hand, is, as is a workflow/approval process, edit-in-place capabilities, and a LAMP base.
So, is there anything out there, in your experiences, that will serve my needs better than free/open source, or am I better off starting from a free base and contracting modules as-needed?
Thanks so much for the help!