[Plone-conference] Openspace: growing plone

Chris Calloway 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
(919) 599-3530

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