I’ve Seen The Future of Content Management…

Feb 13 2008

The closer Tony Dunn gets to a CMS at his University, the more misgivings he has:

A Beautiful Nightmare

“We have spent years thinking about CMS’s. We’ve spent months reviewing products, trying to select the best one for our needs. We’re going to spend more months developing the best and most beautiful templates for people to use. And we’re going to hire people to manage this great piece of software and manage a smooth rollout of the technology to campus.

And then we’re going to turn over virtually the entire web presence to (let’s be honest) a bunch of department secretaries and let them turn it into a Web version of their computer desktop.”

messy desktop image

Well articulated. That was an awesome post. Tools don’t solve problems. Tools will sometimes spawn even more menacing scenarios than they were created to solve.

From the same acclaimed author comes the Cartoon Version of the College Website Redesign Process, post. Epic. Simply Epic.

One response so far

  1. “Tools will sometimes spawn even more menacing scenarios than they were created to solve.”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    Our informal motto here is “Our goal is to make things suck less.”

    The WCMS is intended to do that, but it has the potential of making it suck more, or maybe suck the same, but just suck in a different way. We’re still working on how to make sure the WCMS decreases the suckage factor.

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