The start of summer seems an odd choice to start doling out awards (isn't that usually January/February?) but it hasn't stopped asp.netPRO from counting the votes in its 2009 Readers' Choice awards. It was the winner of the Best CMS that made us stop and pay attention.

And the Winner Is

With voting concluded back in April, the sealed envelopes covering 25 categories have been opened. Awards were handed out for a range of specialties from best Add-in (Developer Express CodeRush for Visual Studio .NET) to Silverlight App (Developer Express AgDataGrid Suite).

In the Web Content Management category, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 - Web Content Management was declared the winner with DotNetNuke Professional Edition taking the runner up spot. Telerik's Sitefinity CMS received an honorable mention, dropping down from the runner up spot last year.

It seems a little odd that SharePoint should trump specialist offerings, considering it's web content management capabilities have been called into question on more than one occasion. In fact, Microsoft doesn't exactly go out of its way to sell SharePoint as a Web CMS, but rather a document collaboration and productivity platform.

It seems more likely that SharePoint won this award not for its Web Content Management, but for its ease of setup and use for document management and team collaboration.

Remember to Thank Your Mom

DotNetNuke managed to pull in a PacktPub award last year and is showing signs of using its recent funding, this award and the drive from its new CEO to good effect.

The free Community Edition of DotNetNuke is now up to version 5.1 beta which was released in May. It adds support for .NET 3.5 and improved installation and performance, along with a slew of bug fixes.

Telerik's Sitefinity CMS also has a free Community edition and a commercial version. If you are at the Gilbane event in San Francisco, you can catch Developer Evangelist, Gabe Sumner giving a lecture on "Putting Together a Successful CMS Team" tomorrow, June 3rd at 2:40 PM (PDT).

The presentation will explore the problems that traditionally cause CMS sites to fail and gain a deeper understanding of how modern content management solutions can simultaneously support the interests of all stakeholders.

You can find more information in the August issue (print or online) of asp.netPRO or visit the site.