Plone Case Studies
After migrating to Plone from a CMS that was no longer supported, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's public website now utilizes the user-friendly Plone CMS, supported by over 300 solution providers in 57 countries. That, combined with more than 200 core developers of the software, will help ensure the long term viability and evolution of the system.
SERPRO, the main IT solution provider for the Brazilian Government, is actively using Plone and Zope as its primary Portal construction tool for Government Web Content Management Solutions. SERPRO counts on an impressive list of reference and will soon launch its 50th governmental portal.
The towns and cities participating in the CommunesPlone project are developing cross collaboration. They help each other and form an innovative open source Community. The Private sector is also involved, bringing technical expertize to the public sector developers. Every one is welcome to join the project and support the Community. CommunesPlone is an active member of the international PloneGov innitiative.
The Italian PloneGov community has been growing at an impressive rate since the launch of its national branch in September 2008. This case study presents in details a number of Plone based open source projects developed by several Italian public administrations.
Around 55 European, North and South American and African Public organizations participate in the PloneGov project. In doing so, they aim to gain independence from IT services providers by developing, essentially by themselves and in a cooperative manner, applications and websites for their own use as well as for their citizens’. PloneGov strategy mainly rests on Open Source tools: Zope and Plone. PloneGov.org success results from a close collaboration between Public sector (cities, regions and parliaments) and Zea Partners, a non-profit international network of SME building Zope and Plone solutions.
PloneGov applications are easily transferable to similar foreign authorities and their potentials for replication are enormous. This project open the way to international software collaboration. The development of such software sharing initiatives helps underpin the sustainability of public services and save public money.
A government unit contracted the deployment of a new CMS in accordance with the Customer's requirements, based on Plone, Django and other Python frameworks. The Python CMS Solutions service turned out to be the best solution.
The United Nations Joint Logistic Center (UNJLC) has adopted Plone for its new portal providing logistic data to humanitarian crisis. Zea Partners was chosen to provide support and services to the UNJLC team.
Netsight were selected to develop a Document and Content Management System and public Website for Warwickshire Police. Working closely with their publications department and their e-communications officer, Netsight have built a system that helps them meet their obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) launched a Plone-managed website running on Windows servers, integrating with their Active Directory database to manage user accounts and Internet Information Services (IIS) to handle caching and load-balancing via Enfold Proxy. For security, availability and performance, Enfold Systems set up a staging environment for content management inside CDOT’s firewall, with content then published to a production environment outside the firewall. Single points of failure are eliminated by using a Microsoft Cluster Service cluster and configuring Plone to store content in MySQL using dual-master database replication in both staging and production environments.