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  • Drupal, MODX: Open Source Communities, Vendors, and Giving Back

    What I find silly about this week's proprietary versus open source discussion is that I don't think proprietary is the biggest threat to open source. The biggest threat to open source is from within. Open source as a whole needs to do a much better job in preventing the discussion of  Open Source Community versus Open Source Vendor from getting out of hand. Open source must accept the role commercial vendors have in their community or they will soon find their community is financially unsustainable and difficult to be taken seriously. Vendors must also prove to open source that the community is better off with them than without them or that vendor is going to have have little influence at the community's leadership table.

    It takes awhile for open source as a community to respond positively to the changes that new or successful vendors may bring to their community. Most new vendors in open source soon realize that their standing in such communities is ranked not by their company's success but by how much they give or don't give back to their open source community.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted April 05, 2013
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  • CEO Corner: Open Source vs. Proprietary CMS

    Does the Open Source CMS vs. Proprietary CMS debate still have validity? CEO Michael Assad of Agility thinks so. Mike would like to start a discussion that provides resources to those looking for information comparing these two very different approaches to CMS development. What do you think?

    By Michael Assad
    Posted March 29, 2013
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  • CEO Corner: Best of Breed vs Integrated CMS

    All this talk about CXM being DOA has got me thinking about the age old question when it comes to CMS – or software in general for that matter.  Should you try to build the world into your software, or focus on specific capabilities and integrate for the rest?
    By Michael Assad
    Posted March 15, 2013
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  • The Best Drupal and Joomla Comparison of 2013

    The Best Drupal and Joomla Comparison of 2013

    Sitting on my desktop the past few weeks has been an eBook from the Aluent Group, Drupal and Joomla!: A Comparison of Project Processes and Costs. I probably would have not read this eBook if it wasn't for an acquaintance of mine, Justin Kerr, letting me know that he was a co-author of the book. I'm lucky to have read the book because I think in the sense Justin Kerr as well as co-authors Robert Nowak and Jet Pixel have hit a home run in their review and comparison of Drupal and Joomla.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted March 04, 2013
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  • Favoring Google Plus over Facebook

    Favoring Google Plus over Facebook

    While Twitter remain my social network of choice, I've struggled over the years with Facebook. For me personally, there is something about Facebook that has rubbed me the wrong way. Facebook's user interface has always felt "cluttered" to me and the addition of "social advertisement" this past year hasn't helped win me over either. More importantly, the seemingly never ending changes to both Facebook's privacy policy and privacy tools has left me very uncomfortable. These days, I'm only on Facebook because my closest friends are on Facebook. In short, with Facebook I feel like I'm a hostage as it may be the only way I keep close ties with friends unwilling to try Twitter or Google+.

    Perhaps I was always vulnerable to drinking the Google Kool-Aid. Not only disillusioned with the current state of social media, but also ashamed that I didn't see the value of social media from the start. Not only does Google offer an alternative to Facebook but it also offers you an opportunity to be an "early adopter". For many the question remains, is it worth leaving or diluting your current investment in Facebook as you increasingly invest more time and content into Google+? For me, the answer was obvious as I see Google+ as a game changer for social media and quite frankly CMS Report has historically done a lousy job supporting its Facebook page. Google+ offers the opportunity to do social media well from the start and to avoid yet another missed opportunity.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted February 25, 2013
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  • CEO Corner: CXM is DOA

    It's no secret that I'm not a big fan of what the content management industry is calling 'Customer Experience Management', or CXM.  To be clear, I firmly believe that it's important to manage your customer experience.  What I don't believe is that your content management system vendor is the answer.

    By Michael Assad
    Posted February 08, 2013
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  • In 20 Minutes: What I know about Joomla!

    In 20 Minutes: What I know about Joomla!

    Recently, the fine folks at CMS-Connected gave me the opportunity to become a periodic guest for the CMS in the Spotlight segment of their show. CMS-Connected is an hour-long monthly news webcast that focuses on the content management industry. For the January show we had Joomla! in the spotlight, but once we went live I soon found myself challenged to adequately cover the CMS given short period of time and format. So the video below contains additional comments I have about Joomla!, Joomla 3.0, open source, people, and the business side of Joomla! 

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted January 25, 2013
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