This is a great time to be alive – to see technology evolving so rapidly.
It is both scary – as things become so complex and seemingly impossible to understand…
and exciting, as so many amazing new tools and systems are made accessible to us all.
When it comes down to it, the most important factor is not the solution, but the objectives you want it to achieve. Here at Cyrius, we don’t try and hammer square pegs into round holes. Choosing the solution before you know what you want to do with it is not advisable. Rather, we remain open to whichever solution will suit, once the needs, challenges and objectives have been determined.
Sometimes a whole set of solutions are required, including custom programming to make them all work together. Sometimes, there is no perfect solution and compromises might have to be made by our client, because of budgetary constraints or resource limitations. The best Website solution might be too difficult to manage and maintain, or it may not be compatible with existing legacy systems.
Some factors to take into consideration when choosing solutions:
- Solution cost & cost of development
- Ease-of use
- Flexibility & agility to adapt & evolve, once implemented
- Connectivity to third party systems
- Availability of developers who know the solution
- Is the system itself being constantly improved?
- Security & hosting requirements
- How closely does it meet business requirements?
- Open source or proprietary?
- Hosted Software as a Service (SaaS) or host yourself?
- Popularity among similar businesses & organizations to yours
- Industry standards, compliance & compatibility.
Keep in mind that new solutions are being developed all the time and existing solutions are being enhanced and evolved. There is no magic solution. It is almost guaranteed that you will need to customise and tailor any solution to fit your needs, since every business has unique processes, plans, systems and strategies. One must find the solution(s) that tick as many boxes as possible, with as little compromise as possible. This may also mean not compromising by limiting your budget to a fixed amount, but being open to the possibility that if the right solution is going to bring you the most value, your budget may have to be reassessed to suit.
Here are just a few more solutions that Cyrius has experience with:
Kentico CMS is an enterprise Web Content Management System (CMS) and Customer Experience Management System that provides a complete set of features for building Websites, intranets, community sites and eCommerce solutions on the Microsoft ASP.NET platform. It supports mobile Websites, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), document management, online marketing tools, multilingual Websites, multisite management and it ships with 40 modules, 340 configurable Web parts and source code available.
Kentico CMS customers can expect a highly flexible platform with a uniquely easy-to-use user interface. It is currently being used by more than 12,000 Websites in 87 countries. The clients include Microsoft, Guinness, McDonald's, Vodafone, O2, Orange, Brussels Airlines, Mazda, Ford, Subaru, Isuzu, Samsung, Gibson, ESPN, DKNY, Abbott Labs, Medibank, Ireland.ie and others.
Squarespace is a simple, user-friendly and design-oriented CMS for small Websites that still want to pack a punch. From their Website:
“Squarespace's mission is to provide creative tools that power the future of the Web. From designers creating the next generation of Web and mobile experiences, to anyone managing their own online presence for the first time, Squarespace provides elegant solutions that set new standards for online publishing. By focusing our efforts on the fusion of design and engineering, we strive to create long-lasting products that delight and surprise our customers.”
SilverStripe CMS is an open source Web Content Management System used by governments, businesses and non-profit organisations around the world. It is a powerful tool for professional Web development teams, and Web content authors rave about how easy it is to use.
As a platform, SilverStripe CMS is used to build Websites, intranets, and Web applications. The modern architecture of SilverStripe CMS allows organisations to keep pace with innovation on the Web. SilverStripe CMS enables Websites and applications to contain stunning design, great content and compelling interactive and social functions.
Besides a powerful and intuitive content authoring application, SilverStripe CMS contains a powerful PHP5-based programming framework. The SilverStripe framework brings immense flexibility and ease in customising your site and provides fundamentals such as security models, workflow, caching and multiple language and sub-site support.
SilverStripe CMS is open source, underpinned by public documentation, free code and a developer community. It is based on open standards and supports multiple technology platforms. SilverStripe CMS is built and commercially supported by SilverStripe Ltd., a software company responsible for ensuring innovation, focus, and quality in the software.
Cyrius services and can provide many more solutions, which we will continue to add to this page over time.
If you would like Cyrius to consult with you to determine the best solution for your business, or you are currently using a solution and need someone to take care of it, please contact us and let us show you what can be achieved. We are Website Content Management System and solution developers based in Ryde, Sydney, NSW.