Content Management Resources
Content Management usually refers to the use of a Content Management System such as Documentum or Interwoven to manage content and perform certain functions.
In the early days CMS systems were basically databases that outputted specific database records, many of these can still be seen in operation today, usually given away by the use of index.php?id=149 to specify the record to access.
However as things progressed CMS systems became increasingly complex and powerful. New CMS allow for a variety for functions such as cross publishing, linking articles dynamically and more recently publishing user generated content for Wikis and Blogs.
Most people will be familar with Blogs, which are in essence a very simple content management system. Higher end CMS systems also have version control and data recovery features built into them.
While most CMS are server based, a few can be used on the desktop, such as Dreamweaver (with the addition of Adobe Contribute).
The CMS market has previously been dominated by a few specialist companies such as Interwoven and Vigent, however more recently software companies such as Adobe and Microsoft
have entered with systems aimed at mid sized companies.
Future CMS systems
Future CMS systems are expected to fully bridge the divide between desktop applications with rich functionality and the ability to update content from anywhere in the world via a web browser. Increasing numbers of systems are now using rich editors with ActiveX commands that allow for instant photo uploads, transcription of MS word documents and other rich functionality aimed at making updates quicker and easier.