- Paperback: 1176 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Revised edition edition (26 Nov. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764573713
- ISBN-13: 978-0764573712
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 5.8 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 705,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I suppose in the end the reason why there are so few books is that Bob Boiko said most of it in the Content Management Bible (Information World Review, June 2003) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
The leading reference on content management just got better ...
How do you keep ahead of the onslaught of information? How do you produce multiple Web sites plus other publications from one pool of content? Can you be confident your content delivers maximum value to your organization? You′ll find out in this landmark volume, now completely updated to cover the newest concepts and technologies in this fast–growing field. Responding to your requests and suggestions, Bob Boiko has added jumpstarts, expanded explanations, real world examples from leading CM professionals, a comprehensive CM technology taxonomy, and so much more. It′s the last word on content management.
Inside, you′ll find complete coverage of content management concepts and methodology
- Get full support for your system by serving your organization′s highest goals
- Analyze and overcome the toughest information management issues in your organization
- Serve the most important people the most important information in the form they most want
- Run professional and efficient CM projects
- Make smart choices when choosing CM hardware and software
- Use or create the most effective CM and XML technologies
- Automate and systematize content while enhancing the relationship between author and audience
- Create content repositories where the knowledge of your contributors is made accessible through metadata
- Produce a wide range of targeted Web sites, PDA applications, print materials, and other custom publications from the same information base
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The book does not bother covering particular products nor computer languages. Instead it focuses on the principles and practicalities of implementation and provides the reader with relevant information whether building or buying a CMS.
I'm a web developer with experience of a number of B2C and B2B websites and found this book to be very useful and readable. If you are part of a team buying or building a CMS, I'd recommend everyone on your team read a copy.
I have found the book to be particularly useful in helping to define and breakdown concepts in a way which is not only helpful to those involved in the implementation, but also useful in communicating those concepts to business users and management. It is also full of very helpful details on everything from staffing to how to deal with vendors.
It's worth mentioning that the book also gives access to the complete text online.
The main difficulty is that the author--or his editor--doesn't seem to be able to decide whom he is talking to. As a result, the work is much too long; whichever background you come from (e.g., project management, database management, system analysis or others) you'll find that about a third of the work could have been cut without any loss of coverage. Add to this a series of fully superfluous (and silly) digressions (e.g. about metadata), a rather mechanical--and resultingly redundant--construction of sections in a significant number of chapters (i.e., "Think/Plan/Integrate"), and you start having thoughts about how many trees might have been saved.
No question, however, about the author's knowledge and competence and, in the end, the wisdom buried in there is certainly worth going after.
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Got it for a class. Probably coulda been better off with a few websites and an XML cheat sheet. The chapters are very long, the margins are somewhat slim, and the author knows what he's talking about... more-so than you probably want to hear.
Like I said, he knows his stuff, but I just want the STUFF not the stuffING.
Definitely not for someone just wanting to learn XML; this is more for someone with a lot of time on their hands who wants to SERIOUSLY fine-tune their skills.
Also, the author writes with the insight of someone who has worked for a long time in the industry. He'll make a little comment about how committees get things done, what management likes to see in a project proposal, how projects get stuck in the red tape, etc. and it would spark a memories of things that have actually happened to me. "Yes," I would think, "Committees DO have that problem!"
Chapter by chapter, the book walks you through the nuts and bolts of content management - what it is, why you need it, etc. It covers issues such as:
- If you're buying a pre-built CMS, what steps you should go through to ensure you're getting the right system.
- How to step through the many hurdles of management to get buy-in and to get the right product.
- If you're building your own CMS, how you should build the product plan, which features you should look at, what kind of staff you should have, etc.
- There is also a great chapter on why you should format your data with XML (which I was very happy to find as I am a big believer in XML).
- He also discusses choosing hardware, implementing the system, etc.
- And, lastly, he goes through different data types and specific features that you need or should know about (such as author permissions and metadata).
I was extremely happy with this book and definitely recommend it to anyone charged with planning or implementing a CMS.
Considering the tedious nature of most writing in the information technology field, having such minimal expectations met is enough for me to rate a book highly. When the rare gem of a book such as Boiko's "Content Management Bible" comes along I no longer have enough stars to offer. On a scale of one to five, this book is at least an eight. The writing is not only competent but actually a pleasure to read. Boiko doesn't just convey information in a straight forward, easily comprehended manner, he makes the field of content management interesting.
This is not a cookbook of recipies or technology specific fixes but an incredible overview of the field, its problems, pitfalls and gotchas as well as its wisdom and growing edges. It is a high level treatment that empowers the mind set to start thinking of specific solutions. I got this book thinking it was just another dry set of instructions but found it inspires me to think more deeply and creativily in my work.
Boike makes excellent use of (cheesy but effective) illustrations and flow charts as well as offering an excellent and logical progression of information. If you need to manage content for a single medium or across multiple media you will be better prepared by digesting this book.