WHAT’S IN THIS CHAPTER?
What exactly is enterprise software? Is it more than a marketing term, one that is used to nebulously declare that my software is better than yours? Just like using WordPress for a CMS, we (the authors) think this topic needs to be put to rest. Obviously, developers are using WordPress as a CMS; you just read a whole chapter about it. Likewise, companies, or enterprises, are using WordPress every day. Just take a look at http://en.wordpress.com/notable-users/ and you see many big names, ranging from news sites, to technology sites, to Fortune 500 companies using WordPress as part of their enterprise solution.
This chapter looks at the motivations for using WordPress in your small or large enterprise. You will also look at the reasons WordPress may not be a good fit. If you decide to take the plunge and try WordPress for your enterprise, you will cover some methods for making it scalable and techniques for integrating authentication and content into a corporate environment. These techniques will also work on a stand-alone site, so even if you are not using WordPress in a corporate environment, many of these approaches will still apply to your site.