Tuesday, February 5, 2008


"Joomla! is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems (CMSs) on the planet", says the core Joomla team. Bold statement during a time when content management, knowledge management, and the coining of Communities of Practice (CoPs) have increased in popularity faster than the newest music concert trend - IMAX 3D.

Whether I agree or not with the Joomla! creators, I am in the midst of it now and will probably still be in Joomla! world for the next 6 months. As part of a side project (ha!), I have been asked to join the requirements gathering team for my company's knew KM tool initiative.

At first, I was excited. Then after a week of Joomla! research, google-ing, wikipedia-ing, and whatever else I could find to search on the topics at play, I felt overwhelmed. Needless to say I found a few articles and opinions on our little initiative. I don't want to come off as a negative-nelly to my director of this project, but we've got our work cut our for us. Our current strategy is to first scope out the information that we would like to garner for this CMS (the business cases), then decide how to retrieve that data. Sound like the best way to kick this off? Any experience, CoPs, or words of wisdom within this realm would be much appreciated.


Denis Largeron said...

I went to Joomla.fr, the product seems good... My company uses eRooms (documentum) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ERoom
This is a good product and the main IT support we had for CoPs. But it seems that Joomla is targetting more that just eCollaboration with publication! I think it's a good direction, veru users-oriented, but wait and see if they go all the way, it's a great challenge.
Time will tell.

Olu said...

Well I took a look at the Sans website (http://search.sans.org/search?q=cache:RrM3wZ58x58J:www.sans.org/newsletters/risk/display.php%3Fv%3D7%26amp%3Bi%3D2%26amp%3Brss%3DY+joomla+2008&access=p&output=xml_no_dtd&ie=UTF-8&client=SANS&site=SANS&proxystylesheet=SANS&oe=ISO-8859-1) which discusses vulnerabilities and I found that Joomla! has issues with SQL injection. One thing that I am noticing with companies that the more they want to use open source products the less they pay attention to security. In the days of personal information being loss (social security numbers, credit card numbers, and date of birth) due to people losing unencrypted laptops or companies using open source tools that have vulnerabilities that they ignore due to just seeing a free product. We are heading for enormous downfall because of everyones identity will be stolen. Keep in mind as you look for products make sure you check and make sure they are stable and understand all security risk before purchasing.