Archive for Tag ‘Content Management‘

CMS Myths in Higher Education

I’m super excited that I’ll be speaking at Confab Higher Ed this coming November in Atlanta.


My talk will be on CMS Myths in Higher Education, including but not limited to these myths:

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WordPress talks at CMS Expo

Last year I spoke at CMS Expo in Chicago about Busting Web Experience Management Myths. But while covering the event for the CMS Myth, I noticed that WordPress was visibly absent from the Showcase.

In part this led me to give a talk at WordCamp Boston on Why the @##!@ isn’t WordPress a CMS?.

This year, the fine folks at CMS Expo have added WordPress to the CMS Showcase, and will have a full track of WordPress-related talks.

The WordPress track includes:
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Why the heck isn’t WordPress a CMS?

Slides from my WordCamp Boston 2012 talk on Why the @#!!@ isn’t WordPress a CMS:

Obviously it’ll be more useful once the video is posted, for those of you who weren’t there – I’ll add that as soon as it’s available.

New gig: ISITE Design

So 2011 has been a pretty crazy summer for me, as evidenced in part by the fact that it has taken me over 2 months to write about changing jobs. (Or anything else, for that matter – I think that’s the biggest gap in posts since I started this blog back in 2006).

Back in the beginning of May, I left Optaros and started working across the river in Cambridge at ISITE Design.

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Open Source and Design: Ideologies Clashing (SXSW Extended Content)

One of the panels I proposed for SXSW Interactive 2009 was on the intersection of open source and design:

Thesis: Open Source and Design are fundamentally philosophically incompatible. Antithesis: Open Source and Design are profoundly similar in core beliefs and approaches. This talk works to articulate a meaningful synthesis between these two positions.

The talk, unfortunately, wasn’t accepted for presentation at the conference, but they suggested that instead I do a shorter, podcast or video podcast version for the Extended Content program.

I did, and that content now has gone live on the SXSW site:

In our first installment of the Extended Content series, John Eckman tells you everything you need to know about open source and design. The differences and similarities, how they benefit each other and why they have trouble getting along.

Extended Content at SXSW Interactive

Extended Content at SXSW Interactive

(Unfortunately they don’t allow embedding, so you’ll have to go there to watch it – and at least on two browsers I tried it on, you’ll have to wait for the whole thing to preload before it starts playing – so go get a cup of coffee or whatever while it loads).

It’s just shy of 20 minutes, and having been created back in February 2009 feels (to me) a bit outdated in spots – mostly the continued evolution of the work Mark Boulton and Leisa Reichelt have been doing with the Drupal community (not just on but also on Drupal 7 itself), which I encourage you to check out if you’re interested in the subject.