I've spent the last two months looking over Content Management Systems in an attempt to find a solution to a content creation, sharing, and distribution issue. Most of the next posts are my notes, for me, concerning each solution.
Since there is the occassional visitor to this site, specific tests, specific outcomes, and my final selection will not be revealed. However, for each of the many CMSs I looked at, this will document the good, the outstanding, the bad, and the ugly.
I had a chance to see a demo and peer inside the heart of RedDot Solutions Content Management Solution. DISCLAIMER: I did not get a chance to work hands-on with RedDot solutions. The information here is based upon a couple of demos seen, and a Q&A session with demos to show features.
Nice solution. RedDot offers a very easy to use CMS. Whether you're the Content Manager, an Author, Editor, or just a Knowledge worker interested in accessing Content, the range of features and functionality is very diverse; and given all the features, it was very easy to use.
My Test Plan for the CMSs had 91 specific tests that were ranked for ease-of-implementation, speed-of-implementation, and overall ease-of-use. There were only 12 tests that RedDot solutions completely failed on, and some of the tests were very specific.
One nice feature is the ability to move existing documents into the system, including Word files, Excel files and the already converted PDFs. Images size according to needs (which is unusual for most mid-range Content Management Systems).
Again, it's an outstanding solution. A couple of their customers include AMD, Mazda, and several universities.
Now sit down. RedDot's CMS starts with a basic system at around $50,000 (stripped to the bones). I would say - based on discussions - that the typical "price of entry" was probably closer to a buck-and-a-quarter ($125,000). Not fact, but a guess...many probably pay more.
Given the budget, why not, it's a very good solution, one of the best I looked at. The flexibility of creating content, and the security/permissions to access it is very granular.
I give it a 'qwerty' - left top row all the way.