- Paperback: 1176 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (November 26, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764573713
- ISBN-13: 978-0764573712
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,153,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As the Information Age dawns, the information at our disposal expands haphazardly. The opportunities for targeting and distributing information expand too, but are left unexploited for lack of an organized approach. The Content Management Bible answers these key questions about the system readers might employ to control the expansion of information and organize targeting and distribution:
* What does a system that handles massive amounts of information look like?
* How can a system be created that understands each piece of information and guides authors to easily contribute to a growing outline of knowledge?
* How can a single system produce a wide range of well-targeted custom publications from the same information base?
* How can automation and systematization of information happen without endangering the relationship between an author and her audience?
* What are the steps and processes you need to create such a system?
* How can this system serve an organization's overall business goals and future initiatives?
* How do I transform content to fit the various distribution methods such as web, print, handhelds and others?
This title is a must have for readers who have felt the pain of too much content and not enough system to handle it. For those who have tried and failed to "tame the information beast," the Content Management Bible is a godsend. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.
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.
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