Long time readers of CMS Report may recall that each summer I plan a number of small vacations intended to reduce my technology usage as much as possible. I have a real need to unplug from my Internet connection, step away from the blogging of content management systems, and leave the computer screen behind. I don't always succeed at this endeavor so this year I'm deploying some new tools to assist me in making this year's Technology Break a success. I now introduce to you, the Jayco CMS.
The front-end of this Camping Management System sports the 2011 Jayco Jay Flight 26BH. Usability and user experience were well thought out in the design of this CMS with such comfort features as a microwave, fridge, and hot water tank. The "BH" in this official version stands for bunkhouse which is a specification that clearly defines user roles by allowing enough separation between parents and children. While the trailer is pre-wired for cable and satellite, the site administrator can set the UAC so no TV is included to maximize the camping management experience. This camping trailer not only has a 90 gallon fresh tank, but also a 32.5 gallon gray wastewater tank as well as a 32.5 gallon black wastewater tank. If I have to explain what the black wastewater tank is for, it's quite obvious to me that you're a newbie to camping management systems and best you stick with me on this story a little longer.
On the back-end of the Jayco CMS, performance isn't an issue due to the brand new 2012 Ford F-150 Ecoboost driving the site. While you might question whether a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 Ecoboost can support a worry-free stable experience, let me assure you this CMS has scalability in mind. In fact, the F-150 4x4 Ecoboost with a torque rating of 420 lb-ft at 2500 RPM's can actually tow more in weight (11,200 lbs) than the gas consuming 6.2L V8 engine (11,100 lbs). The integrated electronic brake controller and tow/haul mode gives you the tools needed to automate the business process of driving this vehicle according to any roadmap you wish to follow. Optional plugins/modules/widgets also provide heated and cooled leather seats, GPS navigation, a moon roof, and telescopic folding mirrors.
So by now you're probably wondering, how does the Jayco CMS actually benefit those of us that visit CMSReport.com to actually learn about content management systems? This annual break away from the routine of blogging and normal work duties allows me to recharge my batteries and renew my enthusiasm for the real CMSs as well as information technology in general. More importantly, camping allows me to connect and interact some of the best people on earth...other campers that offer new insights to our world which in turn makes me a better person.
During last week's initial bootup of the Jayco CMS in the Black Hills of South Dakota one of my camping neighbors included a retired engineer from Northrop Grumman that discussed with me workflow, project management, and generational attitudes toward technology. The engineer discussed all these topics with me while also talking about his and his wife's current six-week trip navigating his camper through the United States and Canada on his way to Alaska. On another day, I spotted a camper that showed pure genius in how he secured his family's bicycles to the rear of his trailer. After finding out that this camper was also the Fire Chief of a nearby city our conversation quickly branched out into discussions focused on emergency management, collaboration, decision support services, and information systems. Some of us spend hundreds of dollars to attend conferences to meet these very unique people. I spent only $24 a day in camping fees which granted me not only a great view but also VIP access to these experts.
So you see my friends, I'm utilizing my Jayco CMS this summer in order to spend the remaining 10 months of the year to talk about the CMSs you really want me to talk about. I won't be abandoning CMS Report during this time, but the posts written my be will be fewer than normal. As always, I appreciate help from any guest contributor that provides articles which are content management related. If you want to really help out in keeping this site active, please create an account today and start contributing your own CMS stories. Be assured, I'll be checking email and the moderation queue for submitted posts and promise to get them published online as quickly as possible.
It is now time for me to unplug and officially begin Technology Break 2012. I hope some of you plan to join me too. Meanwhile, good luck on the semantic web in deciphering what the CMS actually stands for in this article. Luckily, I know and value the meaning of both interpretations.
Bryan Ruby is the owner and editor for CMS Report. He founded CMSReport.com in 2006 on the belief that information technologists, website owners, and web developers desired visiting sites where they could learn about content management systems without the sales pitch. Besides this site, you can follow Bryan at Google+ and Twitter.