March 2016

I got my job through my network

A network can be used for many different things. Some use it to solve work and project related issues. Some use it for inspiration. And some make valuable connections whom they can benefit from later on in their career.

Bart Omlo, business development manager for Kentico’s Benelux operations, recently got his current job through a contact […]

July 2013

Five tips for avoiding the CMS price hype

In the Web CMS space there is a question that makes even the most experienced vendor salespersons start to stutter and typically a question that evokes one of the least satisfying sales replies you are ever likely to get – namely ‘how much is your software’.

The answers usually start with responses like ‘how long is […]

June 2013

Marketing departments can’t keep up with the Web

Marketing departments are overwhelmed by the fast development of web technologies, social media and mobile devices. Managing the digital customer experience requires so many resources that marketing teams simply have far from enough time to do everything required.

At the same time many innovative software vendors, including some formerly known as CMS vendors, are building sophisticated […]

May 2013

CMS interfaces: The disconnect between theory and reality

In theory….theory and practice are the same. In practice they are not – a famous quote attributed to Albert Einstein and a truth also when it comes to design of interfaces. Users will ask for one thing, vendors will develop them and users will say – this is not what we asked for. How do […]

April 2013

Top 10 CMS vendors in the UK in 2013

Selecting the right content management system remains a tricky task in an overcrowded marketplace. Unfortunately most industry analysts tend to cover too many vendors, while leaving out important national vendors.

Based on input from our members as well as our extensive experience with CMS selection, this shortlist is intended to help you navigate the UK marketplace. The […]

October 2012

Sharing is Caring: Dutch government promotes re-use of open data

In recent years, the Dutch government has made some bold choices to open up its online information in many different ways. This resulted amongst others in 2010 in a brand-new website rijksoverheid.nl, the main site for communication between the Dutch central government and its citizens. This site is based on open-source CMS technology from Dutch […]

July 2012

What’s the least you can expect from a modern CMS

Content management systems have been around for more than a decade, but still buyers keep getting caught by surprise as they find expected common and out-of-the-box functionality missing in their chosen Web CMS.

One frequently sought solution is to include everything in the Request-for-Proposal to avoid surprises like this, but as many buyers have learned, this […]

May 2012

Introducing a single Digital Police Office for the Netherlands

The police force of the Netherlands is undergoing a huge and radical transformation. Until now, the police has been strongly decentralized, with many local, independent forces each responsible for their region. To improve efficiency and street safety across the country, this will change and a single National Police force will be created.

In line with this […]

January 2012

Big Web CMS vendors in 2007 and 2012

What a difference 5 years can make! Much has happened in the crowded and still young CMS marketplace since 2007, but contrary to what most analysts expected, the number of CMS vendors has not gone down. New vendors have emerged, local vendors have successfully gone international and on top of that, many of the large […]

November 2011

One CMS for intranet and website?

Should you pick a single CMS for both your intranet and website, or should you keep the two separate and select two different platforms? It’s a timeless and legitimate question with no obvious wrong or right answer.

At first glance, using a single CMS is an appealing way to consolidate, control costs and re-use investments. In […]

October 2011

Semantic Technologies: What is in it for the (unhappy) CMS customer?

Today there are probably 1,000+ content management systems in use in the European Union. Very few of these are using semantics-based technologies, which holds the promise to substantially improve employee productivity and how we use our skills online.

Today most of us are simply managing content, and not really involved in managing […]

September 2011

7 CMS features nobody asks for, but everyone needs

Selecting the right CMS is in many ways a fascinating process, where you make decisions that will have tremendous impact on your digital presence and productivity over the coming years. I’ve previously covered 8 CMS features customers want but never use and received several insightful comments. Interestingly, there are almost just as many CMS features […]

Are industry top level domains attractive?

In the past, the generic Top Level Domains (also known as gTLD’s) have been limited to the well known .com, .net, .org and about 20 more. In addition to these generic TLD’s there are about 250 country-specific top level domains like .us, .ch or .tv (which stands for Tuvalu, a small Polynesian island nation located […]

July 2011

Digital productivity and the semantic web

If we deliver the right information to the right people in the right way, it will help us meet our goalsFrom: Bob Boiko: ”Laughing at the CIO”

New apps are constantly being developed, social media presence seems ever-increasing, video streaming is on the up and the list goes on. New possibilities, products and channels […]

Find the needle in the haystack that is semantic web

Spending time at the IKS Paris Workshop this week, what strikes me first and foremost is the sheer distance; the distance between the skilled state-of-the-art developers and vendors, working with semantic web and the absent practitioner.

One thing is bringing semantic web to web content management. Another more decisive distance that needs to be covered is […]

April 2011

CMS usability: The overlooked part of digital productivity

Most digital projects focus on converting site visitors to customers, providing citizens with information, extending business processes to employees or collaborating with partners. Unfortunately employees are struggling behind the scenes with Web content management systems that are generally difficult to use and frustrating to create content in, cumbersome to administrate and far from easy to […]

March 2011

8 CMS features customers want but never use

You may be impressed by some of the features during a CMS product presentation, but in reality many of the features that are shown during the sales pitch are rarely used when the product has been implemented.

The unfortunate fact is that these features not only add lines of code and complexity to the system, but […]

Kentico CMS arrives in the Windows Azure Marketplace

Cloud computing has been a buzzword for a while and a required ingredient in recent vendor pitches. CMS vendor Kentico took a step forward recently when they became powered by Windows Azure and were added to the Windows Azure Marketplace. This means that you can now decide to deploy Kentico either on premise in your […]

Benefits and challenges with a consolidated Web CMS

Should you use one single Web content management system for all of your websites or is it better to use multiple systems? This discussion has gone back and forth since the dawn of the industry and was also a topic at the recent kick-off in our CMS Expert Group. Below are some of the points […]

The Web CMS market in Finland

When large organisations expand beyond the home-market, they often need local help with their web projects. However, local markets can be difficult to understand, so in an effort to help organisations with a presence in Finland, we asked local CMS expert Perttu Tolvanen to provide a brief overview of the current marketplace.

Following the general market trends, […]