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FAQ: Why Would Anyone Build a Custom CMS?FAQ: Why Would Anyone Build a Custom CMS?

FAQ: Why Would Anyone Build a Custom CMS?

JessicaJune 21, 2017

The nature of what we do as a custom development agency means we talk to a lot of different people from a wide range of industries who are all trying to figure out what software is going to make their website or application a success. All too often, when we bring up the idea of building a custom CMS to fulfil their...

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Platform & Code Portability: Myth or Reality?Platform & Code Portability: Myth or Reality?

Platform & Code Portability: Myth or Reality?

PeteJune 16, 2017

Being a custom development shop—or at least a shop that completes the majority of our projects with custom solutions—we often find ourselves debating the merits of off-the-shelf CMSs versus custom software. In fact, I wrote a rather lengthy article about this particular debate just a few weeks ago. One of...

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Off-the-Shelf Software's Dirty Secret: Technical DebtOff-the-Shelf Software's Dirty Secret: Technical Debt

Off-the-Shelf Software's Dirty Secret: Technical Debt

PeteJune 1, 2017

A few years ago,  SensioLabs  performed an analysis of PHP-driven projects and their levels of accrued technical debt. The results were shocking, to say the least. But first, let's take a step back and define what technical debt means. For many marketers and executives this term is likely something they are not...

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Why the CMS Industry is Due for DisruptionWhy the CMS Industry is Due for Disruption

Why the CMS Industry is Due for Disruption

PeteMay 26, 2017

I’ve been pontificating on the state of the CMS industry for quite some time now. It’s a complicated and convoluted space, with the term “CMS” meaning different things to different people. The industry’s biggest players and open-source projects haven’t done a good job describing what...

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Off-the-Shelf vs. Custom Software: Myths and Points to ConsiderOff-the-Shelf vs. Custom Software: Myths and Points to Consider

Off-the-Shelf vs. Custom Software: Myths and Points to Consider

PeteMay 19, 2017

Perhaps the most frustrating thing that happens to us here at NPG is this scenario. A prospect comes our way asking about our custom development services and solutions. We discuss the possibilities, how custom development differs from software licensing, and walk through the process of building a new project from the...

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The Custom CMS as a Centralized Business HubThe Custom CMS as a Centralized Business Hub

The Custom CMS as a Centralized Business Hub

PeteMay 12, 2017

Today, a content management system is no longer just a portal to manage content. Increasingly, businesses are seeking one-screen solutions for employees, managers, and executives to execute their daily tasks. Sure, this sounds like an easy thing to accomplish. Almost every service or product marketers, content...

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