Web Idol ContestantsLast night's event pitted the following vendors against each other in a riveting set of seven minute demonstrations. * eZ Systems' eZ Publish -- An open source Norwegian Web CMS product built in PHP. * e-Spirit's FirstSpirit -- A closed source German Web CMS product built in Java * Hippo CMS -- An open source Dutch Web CMS product built in Java. * SDL Tridion -- A closed source Dutch Web CMS product built in .NET and other technologies. * Sitecore -- A closed source Danish Web CMS product built in .NET.
Web Idol JudgesThe judges, each dawning one or more alter personalities bantered with the contestants and woo'ed the fact-weary audience with a mix of questions, jests and insults. The panel included: * Claudia Urschbach a Sr. Information Architect at the BBC * Erik Hartman of Hartman Communicatie * Tony Byrne of CMS Watch
The WinnerWe already gave it away in the title. But yes, it was Sitecore version 6 who was belle of the ball. It's important to note that the the contest was close and as anyone present can tell you, perhaps not decided for any particularly good reason. But come to think of it there may have been a very good justification for displacing previous belle, eZ Publish.
Sitecore Reps Accepting Huge Web Idol Trophy
You see it's estimated that the Web Idol trophy weighs in at a healthy 60 lbs, or for the rest of the world, roughly 27 kilos. The lucky winner has the privilege of carrying this trophy back home -- by car, train, foot or plane, as it may be -- and presenting it to the kids in the office (as well as customs officers and anyone else they might cross on the way). eZ Systems had succumbed to this honor the previous two years running. And there was speculation and rumors that if they'd been the esteemed ones again, we just might have had a touch of Nordic mayhem on our hands.