Calling all vendors with vim and vigor: ABC Innovation
is conducting a search for an off-the-shelf Web CMS that will sweep it off its feet and rescue it from implementation disillusionment
The dream system will help "produce, manage and deliver content for ABC Online and its associated properties," explains
Have you got the fixin's?ABC's current Web CMS was built internally in '97. You can imagine the associated scalability issues. Typically, sprawl killed the system.
"The current system is a static publishing system and we're considering moving to a dynamic publishing model which will give us much more flexibility in terms of being able to serve up a variety of different content to our users at runtime," explained technology head Craig Preston of ABC.
One of the biggest challenges will be moxying the site up for existing expectations. According to Preston, the ABC online news site already includes tag clouds and related story links, which, in his mind, lend the impression of dynamic content.
"It is actually all static content, built using a vast variety of back-end systems that took a huge amount of work to build," lamented the technology head.
The model is simply too old and resource-intensive to go on as it has been, cracking a window of opportunity for a clean-slate-toting solution that also respects the past (repeat after me: intuitive archiving system
Oh and of course, speed is always a crucial factor.
The company published an RFP on 23 November.