Executive Summary

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2002-10-28 Print this article Print

: Content Management Server 2002"> Executive Summary: Content Management Server 2002

Usability Good
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Fair
Manageability Fair
Scalability Good
Security Fair
Microsofts Content Management Server 2002 is a strong upgrade to the companys initial foray into the world of Web site content management. The new version adds enough advanced capabilities and integration options to make the server a viable option for large, complex Web sites.


You cant call the most expensive Microsoft server a bargain, but Content Management Server does fall below the average price for midrange-to-high-end content management systems.

(+) Easy for novices to submit content; excellent integration with Visual Studio .Net for advanced Web application development; good XML support.

(-) Much of the site management is not accessible from a browser; no built-in advanced workflow features; requires Microsoft-only server and development infrastructure.

  • Divine Inc.s Divine Content Server
  • Percussion Softwares Rhythmyx
  • PaperThin Inc.s CommonSpot
  • www.microsoft.com/cmserver

    Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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