[Plone-conference] Openspace: growing plone
cbc at unc.edu
Mon Oct 20 18:31:59 UTC 2014
On 10/19/2014 6:58 PM, Steve McMahon wrote:
> If I wanted to simply
> increase my number of clients, I'd take on $500-a-site jobs competing
> with the bottom-feeding WordPress market.
> simplifying at the cost of the ability to handle
> sophisticated integration, not so great.
These are the only two ways you can think of to grow Plone in the
future? No wonder Plone has shrunk in the U.S..
This is so far one of he better open space ideas I've heard.
Ironically, you are involved at this very conference in one of the newer
better ways to grow Plone: rejuvinate Plone on-boarding education.
There's been about a six year lapse, since the death of Plone Boot
Camps, in industrial strength Plone on-boarding. Now that Philip Bauer
has put that back together again in a fashion that has a huge advantage
over the Plone Boot Camps model (it's *reproducible), for which he
deserves a medal, we have a chance again to grow Plone. Credit should
also go to Mikko's efforts of a few years ago to build comprehensive
community Plone integrator documentation for the first time, which no
doubt paved the way for this renewed educational outreach. The missing
piece that could be talked about in the open space is what new buzz
could drive people to consume Plone on-boarding education. What burning
need are we going to fill. It doesn't have to be a low road and no doubt
shouldn't be. That doesn't mean there's not a road.
Additional clue: Wordpress is not content with the $500/site bottom
feeder market. They also want to convince you that they cover the
industrial CMS market as well.
Chris Calloway, Applications Analyst
UNC Renaissance Computing Institute
100 Europa Drive, Suite 540, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
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