Tips for Choosing the Right CCMS Model

When looking for a place to live, there are a lot of things you take into consideration to find the home that is just right for you. Let’s face it…choosing a home is a big commitment, and one that you may be living with for a long time.
Choosing a component content management system (CCMS) model requires the same thoughtful consideration as choosing a residence. This is also a decision that you will have to live with for a long time. Here are a few things to think about if CMS implementation is a possibility for your company.

Location, location, location.
Selecting the right neighborhood is an important factor when deciding where to live. Likewise, it may be important where your content resides. If your content is of a confidential nature, it may be imperative that your content stay within the walls of your organization, therefore limiting your CCMS options to an on-premise model.

Determine who’s responsible.
If you love gardening and shoveling snow, then buying a property with a yard might be the best option for you. If not, you may prefer to live in a development that has a maintenance crew who is responsible for your outdoor maintenance. When implementing a CCMS, there are maintenance issues to consider as well. Do you have IT support for upgrades, backups, and hardware needs? If so, a perpetual license model will work for you. If you lack good IT support, consider a SaaS model that includes the IT support you will need.

Ownership.
When you buy a property, eventually you will own it. But some people prefer to rent a house and forego ownership. Ownership is also a consideration for a CCMS model. Is it a requirement that you own the CCMS software? If so, a perpetual license model may be just right for you. Do you prefer to rent it? Then consider a SaaS model.

With all of that being said, there is still one unanswered question: which CMS license model is the best for my company? There isn’t a right or wrong answer. The best model in the eyes of one company may not be the best model for another company.  Discover which CMS is right for your company or contact us to get started with your content management strategy.