ITServices will be replacing the application currently being used as the content management system for our WebPublish service.
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In 2005, ITServices partnered with Marketing and Communications to provision a simple web content authoring tool, WebPublish. Since then we have seen a steady uptake in its use. WebPublish is built on Apache Lenya and there are several drivers for its review and replacement, including:
A team from within ITServices was assembled in the latter half of 2011 to investigate a possible replacement for Apache Lenya and recommend a proposed solution.
The following high-level requirements were identified as must-haves for any proposed solution:
The team then created a value assessment list to help determine what was valued as essential and important assets of a new application. The list was developed based on the expertise of the team members, and by conducting interviews with a variety of stakeholders across campus (both users and non-users of WebPublish). Not surprisingly, the key findings were as follows:
The next step was to narrow down a shortlist of applications to investigate further. Here the expertise of the team was supplemented by input from Gartner and from a review of the Higher Ed CMS Usage Survey, 2011. The list of applications subject to more intensive scrutiny was narrowed to:
The team then created a matrix based on the value assessment list which was used to evaluate and rank each application. Amongst the factors considered:
The evaluation process revealed that there was one application that stood out above all the rest - the open source content management system Drupal, which:
In spring 2012, a project team will be assembled for the implementation of Drupal as the new application behind WebPublish. Once the team has been assembled, key deliverables and timelines will be established. Developing a plan to support the migration of current WebPublish sites to Drupal is part of the scope of this project.
Updated 5 March 2012