A Content Management System (CMS) Task Force, made up of members of the Office of Web Communications (WebComm) and Information Technology Services (ITS), embarked upon a rigorous discovery and selection process to evaluate and procure a CMS for the University.
After surveying existing tools at NYU and other universities, the CMS Task Force worked with consultants to define our requirements and needs. Although our criteria and focus was largely geared towards the needs of a central system, every effort was made to include school webmasters in the requirement definition.
After identifying the leading contenders, the CMS Task Force submitted requests for proposals from each vendor, including detailed responses to our requirements and quotes for all associated costs. Reviewing how well their stated capabilities matched our criteria allowed us to select our finalists. At our invitation, these vendors visited NYU and gave in-depth demonstrations to the CMS Task Force and various school representatives.
At the conclusion of the demonstrations, members of the CMS Task Force unanimously chose Day Software's CQ Web Content Management product as the best fit for NYU. The decision was reached in large part due to the specific capabilities it provided both system administrators as well content authors. Also important was its adherence to open standards and ease of use, which the Task Force felt would drastically impact the long-term utility and viability of the product.