CMS • UWM's Content Management System
Web Site Management Made Easy
UWM's CMS project began in April 2004 with the formation of a core service team. Currently, the project is in the campus rollout phase, identifying early adopters to migrate existing Web sites to UWM's CMS using a Call for Proposals process.
- February 2007 – CMS Informational Web site launched
- Web site (www.cmsinfo.uwm.edu) serves as a resource for information, including project updates, training materials and resources.
- January 2007 – Redesigned UWM homepage
- Homepage and associated sub pages launched. All newly-designed UWM pages
are hosted in the new CMS environment. Templates were developed for use
by other campus Web sites using CMS.
- October & November 2006 - Subcommittee team work continues
- Technical aspects of CMS are investigated and CMS is used in redesign of UWM homepage and other selected Web pages; CMS information Web site is developed; Call for Proposals documentation is written
- Communications team (led by Wendy Luljak) : create communications plan and the develop/launch CMS informational Web site
- Training team (led by Ericka Mendez): develop training and documentation
- September 2006 – Subcommittees formed
- Administration team (led by Michael Hostad) : develop project timeline, launch sequence and examine faculty and student use of UWM's CMS
- August 2006 – CMS fundamentals training
- Various members of the implementation team participated in a fundamentals training seminar conducted by PaperThin. The goal was to familiarize the team with the operational features of UWM's CMS.
- July 2006 – CMS Implementation team formed
- With representatives from schools, colleges, units and departments, the team was charged with developing a plan to roll out UWM's CMS to the campus.
- July 2006 – Server configuration and initial software installation completed
- There were no "red flags" during the system installation and UWM's CMS software was found to be compatible with the UWM IT environment.
- April 2006 – CMS purchased
- After analysis and demonstrations a CMS (known as CommonSpot developed by a company called PaperThin) was purchased.
- January 2006 – RFB (Request for Bid) completed
- Requirements were generated from looking at systems currently in the marketplace, consulting Gartner resources and discussing CMS applications with universities around the country.
- June 2004 – Core service team begins to investigate
content managements systems
- With limited resources, time constraints and a clear need for a campuswide CMS, the team turned its attention to gathering information about content management systems and selecting a CMS.
- April 2004 – Core service team formed
- Initial efforts of the team were focused on gathering information about how individuals/units were managing their Web sites. It was determined that this type of assessment could best be done by an outside consultant; however, lack of funding prevented the hiring of a consultant.
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January 31, 2007