The use of content management systems in government is a personal and work interest of mine. There is actually a lot of diversity in what governments need their CMS to do and I'm curious to see how well the panel handles that diversity. Tony White, Ars Logica, is the moderator for this panel.
Leaders from Featured CMSes will be on-hand during this panel discussion to participate in a live analysis of the CMSes, asking probing questions of each, to determine how their represented Content Management System (and supporting community and infrastructure) best meets the demands of today's governmental needs, whether at a municipal, state or federal level.
Represented on this panel are: Lee Middleton (SilverStripe), Shaun Walker (DotNetNuke), Brian Colhounyan (TERMINALFOUR), Benjamin Mack (TYPO3), Ken Wasetis (Plone), Jeff Kline (Accrisoft), and Casey Neehouse (Umbraco). The following questions were asked either by the moderator, Tony White, or audience members. The panels' answers to these questions are paraphrased.
What features in your CMS make it a good choice for government?
- Plone - Government is already actively using Plone. Plone can address complex and flexible workflow. Import/export capability for security purposes.
- TYPO3 - Addresses accessibility (Section 508 in US government).
- Umbraco - Lots of state agencies are switching to .Net CMS. Umbraco and Dotnetnuke are .Net CMS. Section 508 compliance.
- Accrisoft - Local government is the specific client for this company...delivering a turnkey solution.
- TERMINALFOUR - The UN is a client. Multi-language is why the UN chose TERMINALFOUR for their CMS.
- SilverStripe - SilverStripe sees government as partners and have built a very robust product that can be used by government.
- DotNetNuke - Microsoft has helped partner with DotNetNuke which has been a positive in introducing DNN and open source to all level of governments.