I think the subway map has the right of it: Plone is at the confluence of
open source, enterprise CMS, social & community CMS, and web publishing CMS.
Plone is the only one occupying those three subway lines (four counting
At my day-job, we have a very small web team handling dozens of sites for a
center with 280+ staff. We can't be experts at WordPress, SharePoint,
Plone, Drupal, Joomla!, CommunityManager, and whatever soup of the day hits
some manager's fancy. We need to have a generalized toolset that's very,
very customizable so that we can use that toolset very effectively to solve
a huge host of problems. Plone-Zope-Python with a heavy dose of CSS is that
Plone leverages our investment in training and experience by letting our web
team produce community collaboration sites, multi-language sites, embedded
blogs, wikis, & discussion areas, and just plain static websites. Reducing
the webmaster/developer role as much as practical lets content owners really
own their content. Top that with a security and workflow model that
PHP-based systems can't approach and you can see why we use Plone in our
What I see then is Plone wearing several hats. In my situation, I need lots
of hats but I don't have time, staff, and funds to become expert at an
entire hat rack full of different styles. I need secure, flexible,
reliable, open source CMS technology that is based on a limited but powerful
Dylan Jay-5 wrote:
> My question is, where would you put Plone on that graph?
> And should we accept we need to position plone more clearly?
> Dylan Jay, Plone Solutions Manager
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