More on Teamsite
Yesterday I wrote about the issues that would need to be resolved before we could offer Teamsite as a product. Today I want to write about the first step: Front Office.
We have learned from extensive and expensive experience that using Teamsite templates for content contribution will probably not work for most agency implementations. It is expensive to set up and requires a fair amount of training. Teamsite was sold to the state on the basis that you could use a feature called "Front Office" to make content contributions from regular office suite tools. Front Office is really the only path to a positive cost-benefit ratio for our customers.
With that said, I must now report to you that Front Office has not yet been successfully deployed. The consultants were released just as they were in the middle of tackling that problem. They had Front Office installed on a customer machine, but they were not able to make it work. If we can't get Front Office to work, it will be extremely difficult for us to successfully roll out a teamsite content management product. Therefore, we have to see if it will work before we go committing any other resources to the development of the product.