Filed under: Content management
It will always take longer than hoped to select a new content management system. While an ‘accelerated’ approach can be taken, the reality is that somewhere between 6 and 12 months will probably be needed, from beginning to end.
To help clarify this statement, this briefing provides a breakdown of the individual steps and the amount of time needed for each. Use this to set appropriate stakeholder expectations, and to develop a realistic project plan.
Selecting a CMS: step-by-step
|Redesigning the site||8 weeks|
|Making a business case||4 weeks|
|Receiving project sign-off, approval||4 weeks|
|Documenting CMS requirements||2 weeks|
|Preparing tender/RFP, getting final sign-off||4 weeks|
|Providing tender/RFP to vendors, obtaining written responses||3 weeks|
|Reviewing written responses, determining a short-list||2 weeks|
|Vendor demonstrations, including advance notice for vendors||3 weeks|
|Vendor evaluation, final decision||2 weeks|
|Final management sign-off||2 weeks|
|Contract negotiation||8 weeks|
[CM Briefing 2008-01, read the full article]