[Evangelism] Re: Plone marketing- WPD2008 Slide Deck

Alexander Limi limi at plone.org
Mon Oct 20 00:03:20 UTC 2008

On Sat, Oct 18, 2008 at 8:02 AM, Nate Aune <natea at jazkarta.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 16, 2008 at 10:05 PM, Gerry Kirk <gerry.kirk at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Indeed, thanks for taking the lead on this Constance. My favourite slide
>> is the $50k one too. :)
> Yes, this is visually a very powerful way to show the differences between
> commercially licensed CMSes and customizable open source CMSes. I think it's
> important however to clarify what we mean by customization, as Matt Hamilton
> mentioned at the "So you want to be a Plone consultant" panel discussion
> that when customers see how much money goes towards customization, they
> assume that the CMS must not have very much out-of-the-box functionality,
> and therefore needs a lot of customization.

Maybe "integration" is better than "customization"?

> We should preface this slide by showing just how much you get with Plone
> out-of-the-box, and how with most commercial CMSes, you have to pay for all
> of those extra features as expensive add-ons. We could also mention that 99%
> of all Plone add-ons are also freely downloadable, so even if Plone doesn't
> have a particular feature built-in, there is probably a 3rd party add-on
> which satisfies one's requirement.

How about the fact that you can actually *do* this? Sharepoint mostly leaves
you high and dry here. ;)

> Before I do so, I'd like Mark Corum (cc'ed) to look over these slides and
> make sure that everything checks out okay. In particular, I'm concerned
> about using the company logos and screenshots. I can replace the slide of
> company logos with just the names of the companies, if that makes things
> easier.

That's probably a good way to avoid unnecessary trademark and legal issues,

Alexander Limi · http://limi.net
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