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The content management supertanker September 18, 2009

Posted by Michael Kowalski in whatever.

At a conference yesterday, heard Chris Thorpe from the Guardian’s Open Platform describe content management systems as being like supertankers, great at regular delivery of similar-sized packages of content, but not quick-moving enough for anything else (I paraphrase, probably badly). Hence “use the right tool for the job”; which in their case mostly means Django, but if I’d hired Simon Willison it would mean that for me too.

Well, I do think WCM can be more agile than it has been up till now—but really, I couldn’t agree more. The “big science” approach to WCM, which assumes you have this monolithic system that you use to implement everything, is kind of stupid. Content management should be a component, not a system.



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