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4.3. The technologists’ paradigms

Our third challenge derives from the way most content management systems are built. Some systems are built to fulfill a specific need: they start with business requirements, content models, and authoring paradigms and only then are they implemented. These are effectively single-use systems, tightly aligned with the initial need. They are fit for purpose. They do one job well, but cannot be easily adapted to other roles. They rarely escape the environment they were developed for.

The majority of systems, however, are built as productized technology: generic designs for storing or manipulating content, neither tied to a specific task nor appropriate for the needs of any content.

As important as technology is, it ...

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