IWMW 2010 » exhibition http://iwmw.ukoln.ac.uk/blog/2010 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 08:45:58 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.1.4 The Role of Commercial Products http://iwmw.ukoln.ac.uk/blog/2010/2010/06/24/the-role-of-commercial-products/ http://iwmw.ukoln.ac.uk/blog/2010/2010/06/24/the-role-of-commercial-products/#comments Thu, 24 Jun 2010 09:00:12 +0000 m.guy http://iwmw.ukoln.ac.uk/blog/2010/?p=193 The dilema over creating inhouse versus buying-in a solution is not a new one for Web managers or IWMW. Over the last 14 years during which IWMW has been running there have been quite a few sessions asking us to think about the pros and cons or both. For example in 2007 we facilitated a panel session entitled Dealing with the Commercial World: Saviour or Satan? and back in 2003 we had a session on Content Management – Buy or Build?.

In the past different institutions have leaned in different directions driven by different agendas. However today we are all united by a common agenda – cost cutting. We are now working in an environmemt where institutions may place much more emphasis on buying cost-effective software rather than use inhouse developement.

At this year’s IWMW you will have opportunity to hear about various products available. As well being sponsored by commercial organisations (Jadu and TerminalFour) we will also have an exhibition where a number of commercial organisations will be able to tell you about their products.

IWMW is also an opportunity to hear about other institution’s experiences with software products. For example James Lappin and Peter Gilbert, University of the West of England will be talking about The impact of MS SharePoint in Higher Education and Richard Brierton, University of Sheffield will be talking about their upgrade of Polopoly: a commercial CMS.

As delegates you should also take advantage of the opportunity to network with others and ask about their experiences. You’ll be able to do this in person at the event and also online through this blog. You can also share your own experiences either online or by giving a BarCamp.

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