...a CMS [is] a set of software tools that enable non-technical people to manage web content. There are a bazillion different CMS tools out there. They tend to be sold on their features—and boy, do they have a lot of them... ...But features alone can’t solve strategic, editorial, or governance problems. Too often, CMS projects become solutioneering, or throwing technology at problems.Jonathan goes on to outline what a good CMS should do and some steps to consider when going through the selection process.
I love this line:
Choosing a tool because someone you admire uses it — and expecting results like theirs — is like buying the type of guitar Jimi Hendrix played and hoping to fill Madison Square Garden...
Strategic Content Management - article by Jonathan Kahn for A List Apart
Related post: I came across a couple of good articles in the same vein last year, including the great CMS Myths e-book - Content strategy & CMS development (November 2011)