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  • SALLY JENKINSON @sjenkinson Front-end London 28th May 2015

    Choosing the right cms(or other things)

  • Hello!SALLY JENKINSON

    Freelance technical consultant & solutions architect !

    @sjenkinson sally@recordssoundthesame.com

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  • TODO

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  • Choosing YOUR TECHNOLOGY

  • a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away*

    *Kent

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    Tip 1: dont put yourself into maintenance hell

  • Disclaimer

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  • Tip 2: Understanding needs

  • As a new developer, I am easily swayed by the opinions of people I respect, or at least view as more experienced. [] !One person stated that I dont need to worry about making open source contributions and I went Yay, cool, less pressure, another seemed to state that I am of little worth if I dont contribute Fuck, okay, I guess I better get on that then. I wish programmers were more aware of the things they are saying and the attitudes they express, and how that might effect a young padawan like me.

    Charlotte Spencerhttp://goo.gl/Uc2tSl

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    TIP 3: Your choices can influence others

  • THE agency should always decide

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    TIP 4: Whats your motivation?

  • TIP 4: choose solutions for the right reasons

  • THE product can do everything

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    TIP 5: ask the right questions

  • everyone else is using it

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    TIP 6: everyones different

  • Is bespoke best?

  • Back in 2008 (when we started Bearded), one of our differentiators was that we built every site on a CMS. At the time, many agencies had not-insignificant revenue streams derived from updating their clients site content on their behalf. !But we didnt want to do that work, and our clients didnt want to pay for it. Building their site on a CMS and training them to use it was a natural solution. It solved both of our problems, recurring revenue be damned! It gave our clients power that they wanted and needed.

    Matt GRiffinhttp://goo.gl/XPM5kK

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  • TIP 7: choices can have a business impact

  • Not just for Developers/designers

    TIP 7: you are not your users

  • How do I choose the right thing?

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  • gov.uk/service-manual/making-software/choosing-technology

    You can change your mind

    Start with capabilities Cost

    Involve everyoneTesting and deployment

    Lock-in

    New vs existing software

    Commercial or open source

    Security

  • Features

    Open source

    CostsKNOCK-ON IMPACTS

    Complexity APPROPRIATENESS

    User experience/experience of

    users

    Constraints/ flexibility

    Product confidence

    LEVEL OF CUSTOMISATION

    NEEDED

    fit with your overall

    architecturemigration

    vendor support

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  • TIP 8: explain your choices

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  • It depends- EveryONE, ever

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  • Thank youSally Jenkinson

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    sally@recordssoundthesame.com @sjenkinson