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Merry Christmas 2009 – Some RedDot Love: Successful RedDot CMS Integration at Longwood University? Worth a fanboy video!

I’ve worked with RedDot now for more than 7 years and I think describing Open Texts CMS flagship RedDot CMS in the year 2009 can be done best with a quote which came up in 2009:

“What RedDot needs is some love! Instead they got renamed from RedDot CMS to Open Text Web Solutions Suite and must have felt like Cinderella living with the step mother and some ugly sisters.”


What’s next in 2010

Open Text will present us something new in 2010 I believe, something to show some support for the RedDot Community, something new and shiny and hopefully not too marketing flavoured. I had good conversations this year with some Open Text guys. A lot of guys are trying hard to make a change there and wake up from the RedDot buyout fatigue but Open Text is a big fat vendor vessel (no offense) and those are usually quite slow, so getting something ready for crew usually takes time and it might be a bit like the Titanic struggeling with changing course. But we learned from the past, didn’t we?

Where can you find some RedDot love before the year ends?

Yep – you are right – within the community. That is you out there! You are on the lookout with everyone else and we are willing to shout if we either think we can see an iceberg or on the contrary something of interest worth heading for. The people from Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, United States, Planet Earth don’t have icebergs and they seem really happy with their RedDot CMS.
So they did something neat to share with you earlier this year and made a nice video. I’ve already tweeted this one earlier this year and I think in the spirit of Christmas this video is worth being seen and getting some props from us.

With the right RedDot CMS Partner and/or the right RedDot integration Team for your implementation this video is pretty close to what could happen to you when you migrate your CMS project with RedDot CMS. Sounds like marketing (and I apologise), but fact is: The more your development team has to think and suffer – the happier your editors should be.. right? ;)

Merry Christmas!

to the guys from Longwood University and all of you out there in the RedDot Community!
Thank you for a great 2009 and see you next year!


What do you wish for 2010 from Open Text or your favoured CMS vendor?

  • features?
  • fixes?
  • additional geek toys?
  • usability enhancements?
  • the next big marketing suite report bang?
  • simplified collaboration and solution sharing?

…or whatever gave you grief in 2009 and what would you like to get solved or rather not have to encounter again in 2010?

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Markus Giesen Markus Giesen is a Solutions Architect and RedDot CMS Consultant, formerly based in Germany. Travelling around the world to find and offer solutions for a better world (in a very web based meaning). He just found a way to do this as part of a Melbourne based online consultant house. On this blog Markus shares his personal (not his employers) thoughts and opinions on CMS and web development. In his spare time you will find him reading, snowboarding or travelling. Also, you should follow him on Twitter!


4 comments for “Merry Christmas 2009 – Some RedDot Love: Successful RedDot CMS Integration at Longwood University? Worth a fanboy video!”

  1. What would I like?

    I’d like to be able to assign keywords to page definitions.

    Is that too much to ask? Sometimes I think so…

    Posted by Ed | December 23, 2009, 5:47 am
  2. Merry Xmas reddotcmsblog and a happy new year.

    Posted by morgan ritchings | December 24, 2009, 3:42 pm
  3. happy new year.

    Posted by Bastian | January 4, 2010, 11:13 am
  4. Thanks for the video props and happy new year as well! It was fun to make… Definitely more fun than coding RQL.

    Posted by Dave Hooper | January 5, 2010, 6:01 pm

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