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Jupiter Media Metrix Says Companies are Overpaying for Content Management Systems

In a recently-issued press release, Jupiter Media Metrix announces the key findings of a report that they published on the use of Content Management systems in large corporations. They say that companies are overpaying for content management systems to manage the information published to their web sites. Surprisingly, the report says:

Although just under one-third... of companies surveyed have developed homegrown content management systems, Jupiter analysts expect the number potentially to double by 2004 as companies recover from - and react to - expensive, failed systems. Jupiter analysts advise companies to consider a homegrown system if a content management initiative applies to a single Web property, the parent company has no desire to manage content across an organization, the number of contributors is fewer than 20 and the workflow is no more complicated than a few steps.

This is a justification for looking at web publishing systems like Slash, Manila, or Movable Type if their feature sets suit the content to be published on a specific web site. Most products at this level permit the use of at least one scripting language to modify or extend the functionality of the system beyond the basics.

David Schatsky, Jupiter's research director, encourages this approach when he says, "Web sites with specific content management needs often focus on a platform that will 'do it all,' rather than match specific problems to specific, often lower-cost, tactical solutions."

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