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I was wondering if you have experience of enterprise content management systems. Here is an evaluation summary:

Have you used SDL Tridion or Fatwire in practice? What do you think of them? They both separate the content and template (=layout) more than e.g. Microsoft Sharepoint.

Or maybe some other?

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Community wiki, maybe? – David Mackintosh Jun 23 '10 at 15:44
The latest Forrester wave report I could find on their site was… As Chopper 3, says, this is quite old. – Dominic Cronin Apr 26 '12 at 17:16
This falls pretty soundly into "Bad Subjective" territory - not because it can't be empirically answered, but because the answer will change very frequently over time. You're better off googling around for an industry source for these statistics. – voretaq7 Jan 31 '13 at 19:22

That's really old code they're comparing but to answer your question there isn't one solution that's streets above others. Certainly I've had favourable experience of both Oracle and Vignette's products as well as MASSIVE's CMS and the open-source Drupal - but they all offer a range of benefits and drawbacks depending on what you're trying to achieve.

I'd suggest you draw up a list of need and wants, prioritise them then score the products you're aware of against these - hopefully the winner will satisfy all of your needs and a good chunk of your wants.

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wow! didn't think anyone else used Massive CMS. I'm impressed – Nick Kavadias Jul 29 '10 at 12:10

I work pretty much full-time on SDL Tridion implementations and consultancy. It's a thoroughly impressive WCMS system suitable for large corporations, government bodies, non-profits, etc. For some smaller organisations it might not be a good fit. I have no experience of Fatwire, although I suspect that now they are owned by Oracle, if you don't have Fatwire already, Oracle will be steering you to whichever of their stable of acquired CMSes they currently wish you to buy: this may not be Fatwire.

Indeed - separation of content and layout/templating is a strength of Tridion, as is the separation between content management and content delivery, which allows for highly scalable and secure architectures. For many of their customers these are essential capabilities. Tridion is also well-known for its strengths in international sites, and multi-channel delivery.

As Chopper3 says, you probably need to do some sort of evaluation exercise, or bring in specialists such as Real Story Group or JBoye to do it with you.

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Does no one like Zope anymore?

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Zope/Plone had a pretty steep learning curve and seemed overly complex. Not sure if they've fixed that though; it's been years since I looked at it. – WuckaChucka Jun 23 '10 at 12:27

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