[Zope] Salespitches for zope

Joel Burton joel@joelburton.com
Sat, 20 Oct 2001 23:38:28 -0400 (EDT)

On Sun, 21 Oct 2001, Heimo Laukkanen wrote:

> How many of you have had to do sales pitches for Zope as a platform to
> client or clients who have been reading magazines and understand that
> Microsoft .Net, Lotus Notes, Java XXXX or Macromedia Coldfusion are
> terms that they should be hearing, since journalist have been writing
> about those products?
> ...
> How have you made your client to see what you see in Zope?

The clients I've shown Zope to have been most impressed by demonstrations
of the ZMI and some of the simplifying products like HTMLDocument and
such, allowing them to upload (via FTP/WebDAV) pages and have them inherit
the standard headers and footers.

This isn't, IMHO, the most important feature of Zope, but it is
interesting that this is the thing that most of clients recognize as a
Good Thing. In some ways, it might be better if they were interested b/c
it was Open Source, or b/c it leveraged the Great God Python or such,
but it works.

It mirrors what I've noticed in other presentations: unless you're
working w/a very technical client audience, visual things really stick
out, and the ZMI is a nice visual understanding of how Zope sites
can be managed.

Good luck w/your client presentation, and feel better from the flu.


Joel BURTON  |  joel@joelburton.com  |  joelburton.com  |  aim: wjoelburton
Independent Knowledge Management Consultant