I recently came upon this article written by a CMS developer who was amazed that a potential client chose a custom CMS over their recommended solution. I see these articles on occasion, and they always aggravate me to a certain extent.
The reason is because custom CMSs continue to make a ton of sense for enterprise clients—more so now than ever before.
The real shock here is that more developers don’t see custom CMS solutions as a viable option. They are stuck in a bubble overrun with off-the-shelf solutions. Oftentimes, they can’t even tell that the professed “benefits” of off-the-shelf software are the same detriments that lead to customers eventually wish they had traveled down the custom development path from the beginning.
The writer of the article posed some interesting questions and arguments which we’d like to answer, starting with this:
Have you ever built a CMS before? Have you ever used a custom CMS? The answer to both is no. Because if it was yes, you would not even consider doing it.
To the contrary, we’ve been building custom CMS platforms for over 15 years. When we began, the custom pathway was pretty much the only option for website developers. There weren’t any off-the-shelf solutions such as WordPress, Drupal, or Joomla. Those platforms developed over time and did indeed make life a lot easier. However, one could argue that they also ushered in an era of “sameness” on the Internet. An era where a true “web developer” can’t be distinguished from a “themer” by most business owners.
But I digress. Ultimately, in this article, I want to reply directly to the original author’s points regarding why off-the-shelf solutions are superior to building yourself. He posits the following arguments with the idea that the available CMS solutions offer more value because they can handle these issues better than a custom solution.
January 23, 2017 – Following the evaluation of final tenders, CCube Solutions announces today that it has been successfully accepted by NHS London Procurement Partnership (LPP) to sell its Electronic Document Management (EDM) software to LPP members. CCube Solutions tender was approved as part of the Clinical and Digital Information Systems (CDIS) Framework.
Hosted by Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, NHS London Procurement Partnership works in partnership with over 90 NHS organisations and other social enterprises to provide procurement services thereby leveraging the buying power of the NHS on behalf of members.
By working together, this ‘demand aggregation’ ensures that the NHS gets the best deal from suppliers and ensures value for money for taxpayers. Since the LPP was founded in 2006, it has helped members save £640 million procuring products and services.
Embarks on a digital transformation initiative to drive innovation and expand operations
Morton, Illinois (USA)/Chennai, India – January 11, 2017 – 100-year-old specialized provider of transportation and logistics, G&D Integrated will embark on an enterprise-wide technology revamp with Ramco Systems’ ERP for Logistics suite.
Ramco Systems will implement its comprehensive Logistics ERP Suite covering Finance & Accounting, Customer Management, Supply Chain Management, and Warehouse Management in G&D’s 20+ facilities spread across North America. On go-live, the integrated system will help bring complete visibility to G&D’s business allowing G&D to make timely and informed decisions that can support planned business growth at G&D.
Nuxeo Platform LTS 2016 Enables Enterprises to Unlock the Full Value of Digital Assets to Create New Revenue Streams and Business Models
NEW YORK, December 15, 2016 - Nuxeo, developer of a leading Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platform, today announced the immediate availability of Nuxeo Platform LTS 2016. The latest release of the Nuxeo Hyperscale Digital Asset Platform helps enterprises realize the full potential of every digital asset. Organizations can create new revenue streams and business models, and continuously innovate ahead of the market - at massive scale, while maximizing the value of their existing systems and processes.
Only 18% of British office workers, who use a personal account/device to access work files or emails, say that data is always encrypted by their employer
Better education is still needed to improve personal IT habits
LONDON, UK – December 6, 2016 – A new online survey released today by WinMagic Inc. and conducted by YouGov, has highlighted the risks to corporate data from poor encryption, and employee use of unauthorised and inadequately protected devices. The survey of British office workers found that 42% use devices not provided by their employer to work with corporate e-mails and files. Half (52%) also use personal online accounts, such as Enterprise File Sharing Services (EFSS) to store or access work files – with only 34% saying they have never done so.
Office workers claim to use a wide range of personal devices to store or access work files and systems including laptops (30%), smartphones (22%) and USB Storage devices (17%). The top three personal online accounts used by office workers to store and access work files are Hotmail (14%), Gmail (13%) and Dropbox (10%).
Right now, companies are after making more enterprise mobile apps for their employees than before. They are trying to bring their all apps under one umbrella, as some companies have more than one mobile app. These apps are made to access the company’s files, organization of the files and collaboration between the employees.
But, as Gartner predicts in its report, the top types of apps companies are making is either a calendar app or email app or contacts app and that’s up to 91% of the times. Basically, enterprises are making apps of basic functionalities.
It could be that they don’t want to rely on a third party app or maybe they have security concerns. And thus are getting custom made apps or off-the-shelf third party apps with customizations.
Over half say web and mobile access to more applications would help them maximize use of their mainframe systems
71% of IBM mainframe customers questioned in a new poll said the growing shortage of IT staff with mainframe experience makes it more important than ever to provide user-friendly alternatives to the platform’s classic ‘green screen’ 3270 interface. 54% state that being able to deliver web and mobile access to more applications – something not possible through a standard 3270 interface – would help their businesses get the most out of the z/OS platform. However, costs and a lack of resources are an obstacle.
The survey, conducted by Macro 4, a division of UNICOM® Global, asked 48 attendees at this year’s GSE UK Conference for IBM mainframe users about the way their organizations provide access to mainframe applications. Key findings are presented in an infographic: ‘Macro 4 GSE survey results’.
Acquisition Expands Portfolio of Developer and Designer Productivity and Collaboration Tools
Minneapolis, MN, November 17, 2016—Perforce Software, a leader in version control and source code management, today announced its acquisition of Seapine Software, a leading provider of application lifecycle management (ALM) solutions, based in Mason, Ohio.
This acquisition expands the Perforce portfolio of developer and designer tools beyond enterprise class version management and code review, and provides customers with additional capabilities across the development pipeline. Seapine’s ALM solution accelerates development and delivery cycles through more efficient management of the product development process.
Hamburg, Germany. 10 November 2016 - After the biggest DDoS attack of all time was reported in late September, cyber-criminals wasted no time in mounting their next operation. Less than a month later, a further broad-based attack crashed major online services including Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and PayPal. As before, a large number of smart devices connected via the internet of things (IoT) were hijacked to mount the attack. They included everything from video recorders to home-based routers and manipulated webcams. These crimes are becoming more and more frequent, demonstrating that cyber-criminals have understood that the huge number of smart devices has the potential to cause major damage. After all, most connected devices are almost (or even completely) unprotected. This is why companies and individuals need to rethink the way they protect their devices. They need a strategic approach that starts from the internet itself - not the device.
Mobile application today has the power to transform businesses. With the introduction of smart phones and advancements in wireless networks, mobile technology has taken a different shape. Smartphones and tablets are being accepted as corporate tools because of access to network, services and applications provided at different layers. The users want to communicate with the customers, business partners and employees in real time – at any time and from any location.
According to Gartner Inc., by the end of 2017, market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations' capacity to deliver them. Gartner forecasts mobile phone sales will reach 2.1 billion units by 2019, which will fuel demand for apps in the enterprise that meet the high performance and usability of consumer apps.