A content management system (CMS) is any system, tool, program or script that can manage work flow in a collaborative environment. It is commonly used for Web Content and Experience Management.
Individuals and businesses alike utilize CMS as part of an overall strategy to improve communication and efficiency in addition to making the most of it for collaboration and information sharing.
A CMS consists of two elements: the content management application (CMA), which allows one to manage, modify or remove Web content without the knowledge of Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), and the content delivery application (CDA), which compiles and updates the content on Web pages.
Microsoft-based CMS systems can be used in many ways within an enterprise.
For example, there are customized Microsoft CMS software for building Web-based applications and portals in Windows Server environments. MS CMS comes in handy to take control of online content on a website and offers sharing of Web apps with several Windows users.
A few Microsoft-based CMS systems include MS SharePoint and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS). MS SharePoint is a content management system that is suitable for users to collaborate on content development and collate important information in one integrated location. MOSS, on the other hand, is suitable for collaboratively creating, managing and sharing documents and Web services.
Microsoft’s ASP.NET is another suitable CMS: it is a full-featured Web content management system that makes it easy for enterprises to update and manage a website. The .NET-based CMS application simplifies the publication of Web content and allows Web professionals to update (quickly and efficiently) the data content, share or contribute to it.
In a nutshell, CMS can help manage one’s documentation, information and web site content. CMS allows non-technical users solutions to create and manage website content with relative ease.
There are many benefits of a CMS system – as mentioned, it can be used for various tasks and workflow processes. CMS also provides the foundation for collaboration, offering users multiple author editing and participation. The collaboration platform allows content to be retrieved and worked on by more than one user; it also allows them to communicate to achieve objectives.
Clearly, Microsoft has easy-to-use CMS options that can meet small to medium enterprises (SMEs) current and future requirements for Web communications and Web developments. They prove especially useful for those SMEs that require content management functionality on their website or need to publish new content to their Web sites.