Re: [Evangelism] Strategy focus decisions - Plone-the-product vs. Plone-the-platform – Discovering a blog entry by Paul Everitt from 2008

Nate Aune natea at
Tue Dec 1 17:57:04 UTC 2009

> b) CMIS:

Did you see Sally's blog post on CMIS and Plone?

> 5) Terabyte storage solutions.  Documentum and their DMS-based ilk have
> handled this for years.  How many large-scale storage Plone case studies are
> there on  Many a time, Plone integrators can't discuss the few
> successes that may exist here.  Hopefully, this story improves with BLOB
> storage in Plone 4.

Sasha recently wrote a blog post about large repositories of data
being served up from Plone using

We're currently working on a project to build a digital asset
management system using Plone, which will be serving terabytes of


> Matt Hamilton wrote:
>> On 30 Nov 2009, at 09:18 PM, Dylan Jay <djay at> wrote:
>>> These are awesome points. I think unique and challenging reality is that
>>> plone is both product and a platform but we've been trying market both
>>> through the same channels which is why the message has sometimes been
>>> confusing. Eg we say plone is easy to install but in reality only in
>>> drvrloment mode not production mode so that is really a platfom message not
>>> a product message.
>>> Drupal delivers drupal the product message via it's dot com site and it's
>>> platform message via it's dot org site.
>>> I am also thinking we are better off concentrating on selling plone as a
>>> platform. Not just because we need more develepers and integrators to gain
>>> greater momentum but recently I've been discovering plone doest sell well as
>>> a product.
>>> If someone comes to us (as PretaWeb) and says
>>> A) we need a website that can blah blah then plone is easy to sell.
>>> If a customer comes to us and says
>>> B) we're considering to purchase plone as a cms or intranet it's a really
>>> hard sell.
>>> This is even though we sell training and support and that both solutions
>>> would need to be equally customized. Why?
>>> People picking products tend to pick product companies. Makes them more
>>> comfortable. They feel like they can sue them and that will act more to help
>>> them to protect the reputation of the product etc. Plone has no product
>>> company.
>>> I guess this is why open source works better for platforms than products.
>> I'm at a show so only a brief reply now, but just say that CMS Watch
>> recently recategorised their vendor listings and now split by platform vs
>> product and by size. IIRC Plone is in the Mid-range Platform category. Along
>> with Drupal and Typo3. Alfresco is in Upper-range platform. Joomla and
>> Terminal4 are in Simpler Products.
>> The CMS Watch stand is near us at the show I'll try and get some feedback
>> on their views as to what went into categorising them.
>> -Matt
>> _______________________________________________
>> Evangelism mailing list
>> Evangelism at
> _______________________________________________
> Evangelism mailing list
> Evangelism at

Nate Aune - natea at
+1 (617) 517-4953

More information about the Evangelism mailing list