[Evangelism] Re: "Top 15 Questions..." Final Draft
djay at pretaweb.com
Mon Apr 13 23:51:19 UTC 2009
On 14/04/2009, at 4:23 AM, Chris Barnes wrote:
> Gabrielle Hendryx-Parker wrote:
>> Please provide feedback by Monday, April 13th so we can move
>> forward with the formatting of the document as a nice Quick Ref
>> Card for integration in conference kits.
> Just remember, you did ask...
> "#2 - What is Plone? - FINAL
> Plone is a powerful and flexible, enterprise-level content
> management solution that is easy to install, get started with, and
> I take exception with this. It gives the impression that running a
> complete Plone system is "easy to use and get started with" for
> *everyone*. This is especially in light of the fact that #1 above
> it says "without requiring a high level of technical skill or tools
> other than a web browser".
> #6 - geez, I'm not sure what to say about this.
> Sure, it's easy to download and the installation goes fairly
> straight forward.
> THEN WHAT?
> In fact, this is my main complaint with Plone in general. It might
> very well be easy to use for the end users - but to run the entire
> system requires a person who is well versed in Zope/python. I'm a
> computer administrator by profession - and *I* haven't been able to
> get a Plone site up and running yet. What does that say for the
> "average user"? Iow, the kb needed to run & maintain a Plone system
> is WAY under stated.
I very much agree with you Chirs, and I install Plone for a living.
We'd all really like Plone to be easy to configure into a working
system and are working hard to make that happen but...
a) it's not currently the case
b) it's not one of plones competitive advantages
c) it sets a dangerously high expectation that can lead to
disappointment and resentment.
IMHO we're much better selling plone on it's enterprise grade power.
The fact thats its both a web CMS and document management system. And
set the expectation that Plone being Enterprise grade combined with
consultants produces a fantastic fit to your business needs.
No one expects SAP to be easy to install do they?
Dylan Jay, Plone Solutions Manager
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