I have redesigned several corporate sites and incorporated CMS systems when
doing this. I have several questions for you. By migration are you literaly
trying to convert a non CMS site into a CMS site? How wide is your scope -
is there a clear area you have control over or do you have to provide a
frame work for other related companies to work with (or offices in other
countries)? Are you an information architect and familair with user cented
design and if so how much of the UCD stuff have you done already? Conversly
if you havnt do you want general advice about best methods here?
Also - how big is the project. All enterprise companies think their site is
big or huge (or needs to be) when often the site or potential site is much
simpler and smaller than they think. How many pages, roughly, is the site?
What is the rough functionality/content split. Also how 'siloed' is the site
- that is how entrenched in business devisions is the site (does it reflect
the company structure?)
I understand that the politics of the situation you are in may be fairly
complex. Politics is often a large percent of any project for an enterprise
level client. What kind of resources and structure do you currently have for
I know this may appear like a lot of questions but the ideal method of site
migration change according to these factors. I'm sure I and others can help
you better with a bit more background infomation, avoiding specifics of
course for client confidentiality reasons.
Stewart Dean - User Experience Architect
>From: "Todd ONeill" <toneill@...>
>Subject: [ia-cms-l] Migration projects
>Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2004 12:16:11 -0000
>Hello all. My first time posting here.
>We are about to start our first migration project. The first project
>is a big hairball with enterprise reqs. definition, system
>implementation and first content migration. We've done validation
>and proof of concept projects, so we have taken baby steps to get
>here, but now we're here.
>Any resources, advice, etc. you can offer regarding migrating
>content to the system (Documentum) is appreciated. Haven't checke
>dht standard references yet (Boiko, Rockley, etc.); I'm coming to
>you first. No pressure.