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     Capability          Question                                                                                              Answer
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     Administrative      Describe the administration capabilities of the product — for example, database administration,
     capabilities        user and group administration, backup and recovery, cache management and Web
                         administration.                                                                                       dotCMS runs in Oracle, Postgres, MySQL and MSSQL.
                                                                                                                               Just create an empty DB and then dotCMS manages for
                                                                                                                               you. User and group administration is defined by Roles
                                                                                                                               and Permissions. We recommend backing up the entire
                                                                                                                               dotCMS directory nightly, as well as doing a nightly backup
                                                                                                                               of the dotCMS database. If you are running on a cluster
                                                                                                                               and your assets are stored outside of your root directory
                                                                                                                               you need to include those folders as well. We recommend
                                                                                                                               storing nightly incremental backups for a week with
                                                                                                                               complete snapshots occurring weekly and storing those
                                                                                                                               complete snapshots for up to a year. Every time a page is
                                                                                                                               requested by a browser, dotCMS will look in its cache, if it
                                                                                                                               doesn't find it, we generate the page using Velocity cached
                                                                                                                               files and cache all the page's information using JBoss
                                                                                                                               cache. Next time a user requests the same page it will be
8                                                                                                                              served entirely by the cache.
     Application         Describe the application development tools, programming languages and application                     dotCMS is a Java based application and it can easily be
     development tools   programming interfaces (APIs) that enable users to develop and customize their enterprise             customized to integrate with any Web service or to deliver
                         content management (ECM) applications. Which standards and development environments are               content as a webservice.
                         supported with the APIs (for example, Web services, .NET and Java)? Please describe all APIs
                         available to customize the offering.                                                                  Plugins offer "extension" points and allow you to
                                                                                                                               customize, enhance and add custom functionality without
                                                                                                                               having to modify the core of the system.

                                                                                                                               The web development APIs are based on Apache's
                                                                                                                               Velocity templating language and the use of the Web Tool
                                                                                                                               Kit. The recommended methodology for adding custom
                                                                                                                               functionality is a combination of writing JSR-168 compliant
                                                                                                                               administrative portlets and custom web APIs.
9
     Applications        What built-in applications do you have that would reduce the need for development (for example: dotCMS ships with wiki, blog, event, and calendar
                         wiki, blog, chat, event, calendar, forums).                                                     applications. Chat and forums can be easily implemented.
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     RIA                 Describe how your product supports application programming interfaces (APIs) for development dotCMS makes RAD development of rich interfaces easy.
                         and integration of RIAs such as product quick view, dynamic sort and filter tools.           The structured content engine in dotCMS can be accessed
                                                                                                                      and queried as JSON, or as XML, either of which is easy
                                                                                                                      to plugin to RIA, flash, Jquery, Flex, etc..
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     Applications        Describe any tools you have that simplify the linking or exporting of site content to social sites.   Because dotCMS can deliver content as JSON, it makes
                                                                                                                               queries and content reuse across systems easy. We also
                                                                                                                               offer a number of macros to allow for content sharing to
12                                                                                                                             social and web 2.0 sites.
     Applications        What tools do you have that would support out-of-the-box polling and rating, and in-line              dotCMS offers macros that will build forms, polls, surveys,
                         feedback to content authors?                                                                          and allow you to add ratings and comments to any content
13                                                                                                                             type.
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     Development            Describe the architecture, languages and tools used to develop your proposed solution.             dotCMS is a J2EE based CMS, and uses Velocity, Struts,
     environment                                                                                                               Hibernate, Lucene to drive content and content managed
14                                                                                                                             sites.
     Development            Is a proprietary scripting/coding language required to customize your product?                     No. dotCMS is open source. Apache Velocity is our
15   environment                                                                                                               scripting language.
     Edition management     Describe how editions (versions/rollback) of the Web site are managed. Do editions cover
                            content only or content and code?                                                                  dotCMS versions all content objects, file assets, code and
                                                                                                                               pages within the system. These versions are available for
16                                                                                                                             review or rollback when viewing a history of the content.
     Edition management     Does your tool natively support the storing of incremental site changes? Does it support           Each content object is versioned. To store incremental
                            business or power-user support for reproducing what a visitor saw in any channel at any given      changes would require a customization
17                          time.
18   Language               What language is your underlying source code written in?                                           Java
     Multichannel output    Does your system have the ability to drive content to multiple channels (web, mobile, email,       Yes.
19                          IPTV)?
     Multisite management   How does your solution ensure consistency across site pages, while allowing flexibility within a   Consistency can be driven with templates and limits on
                            broader spectrum of sites and sub-sites?                                                           WYSIWYG controls. Also, through permissions not all
                                                                                                                               users can have access to publish content thus creating a
                                                                                                                               channel for consistency. Hosts can be copied identically
                                                                                                                               also leading to consistent look and feel.
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     Page elements          Describe how your product ties content elements to pages. What mechanisms are used to map          In dotCMS, content is separate from pages. Yes, to create
                            elements to pages?                                                                                 a new webpage in dotCMS, the user will be presented with
                                                                                                                               a folder structure, like Windows folders. The user will click
                                                                                                                               on the selected folder and be able to select from different
                                                                                                                               options: Create new web page, Upload Image, Upload file.
                                                                                                                               If the user selects create new web page, the user will be
                                                                                                                               able to then enter the new page properties including the
                                                                                                                               available templates. Every template has a thumbnail
                                                                                                                               associated with it that shows the user how the page will
                                                                                                                               look like when created (two column, three column, home
                                                                                                                               page, etc).
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     Previewing             Describe how the Web site can be previewed before launch. To which components does this            dotCMS templates can be implemented to support other
                            apply (content, templates, code, layout)?                                                          display formats such as PDAs or printer friendly versions
                                                                                                                               by using one CSS file for each separate format. This could
                                                                                                                               be previewed before publishing by creating pages for each
22                                                                                                                             one of them.
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     Reporting capabilities   Describe the reporting capabilities of the product with respect to administration and site          dotCMS provides the system administrator with tools to be
                              development.                                                                                        able to view and manage the following functions:
                                                                                                                                   - Memory caching: To flush independents memory caches
                                                                                                                                  such as: live cache, page not found cache, permission
                                                                                                                                  cache, etc
                                                                                                                                   - Static file caching: To delete all files from static caches
                                                                                                                                   - Content Index: To rebuild index, shrink index, reindex a
                                                                                                                                  structure, etc
                                                                                                                                   - Import/Export dotCMS content
                                                                                                                                   - Search and Replace utility
                                                                                                                                   - Manage users, groups, permissions
                                                                                                                                  Additionally, we have integrated Jasper Reports for
                                                                                                                                  integrated, pixel perfect reporting and build custom reports
                                                                                                                                  for the system as needed. For example, one report we
                                                                                                                                  wrote for a client is a list of all the groups and the users
                                                                                                                                  that belonged each group.

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     Content auditing and     Describe the granularity of auditing for site content changes. Does this auditing extend to other   A report can be created to show all recently modified
     reporting                items of the configuration?                                                                         pages and content, complete with modifications to
24                                                                                                                                templates, and files.
     Site changes             Describe how you would launch and rollback new site areas quickly.                                  Yes, dotCMS allows the user to rollback and view previous
25                                                                                                                                versions of any content object.
     Staging                  Describe the capabilities to stage and migrate content between systems such as development,         dotCMS conducts rigid quality assurance and browser
                              QA and production.                                                                                  testing to ensure our pages render correctly on the most
                                                                                                                                  common browsers (dotCMS does not support IE6). We
                                                                                                                                  also make every attempt to adhere to industry and
                                                                                                                                  government accessibility standards such as the W3C’s
                                                                                                                                  web standards guidelines and Section 508 of the Federal
                                                                                                                                  Rehabilitation Act. During Implementation Acceptance
                                                                                                                                  Testing and Documentation can take several weeks. This
                                                                                                                                  would include Quality Assurance Testing for your site.
                                                                                                                                  After that phase is complete we will go into the Formal
                                                                                                                                  Launch Phase, where we do Production Server Setup and
                                                                                                                                  also Load Testing. From the official soft launch date, you
                                                                                                                                  have a 30 Day Warranty phase where we will fix any bugs
                                                                                                                                  that you find.
26
     Staging                  Describe the capabilities to stage and migrate code, configurations and customizations between Automated scripts migrate customizations and
                              systems such as development, QA and production.                                                configurations between systems - but these happen
27                                                                                                                           outside the system itself.
     Staging                  Can code changes be staged across development and QA platforms before being deployed on        dotCMS customization
28                            production?
     Third-party content      Describe how your product interfaces with third-party content repositories.                    dotCMS can be customized to import feeds from third
29   repository                                                                                                              party content providers.
30   Syndication              Describe how the syndication of content to third-party consumers is achieved.                  XML or JSON
     Taxonomies               Describe how metatags (in general, not necessarily SEO) are managed and deployed and how       dotCMS provides tooling to manage categories and
31                            internal taxonomies are defined.                                                               taxonomies internally.
     Testing                  Describe tools within your product that supports testing pre-launch testing of sites.          dotCMS allows a site to be previewed or staged before it
32                                                                                                                           publishes the pages live.
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     Storage                  What technologies and structures does your solution use for site content, template and code         Relational and disk for hard assets
33                            storage? (XML, relational, etc.)
     Cloud services           Have you explored the deployment of your product in the cloud? Do you continue to offer this        Yes. We utilize Amazon EC2 cloud deployment and have
34                            option and with whom?                                                                               been very successful.
     Cloud services           Are you able to publish to the cloud? If so, please describe how your product does this.            Yes.
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     Archiving and rollback Describe how the product maintains and accesses previous versions of content when it is               Yes.
36                          revised. Does this apply to objects (images, RIA objects, etc) as well as text?
     Annotation and version Does your tool support annotated workflows, rollbacks, and side-by-side, red-line version             dotCMS allows annotated workflows, rollbacks. Side by
     comparison of content comparisons out-of-the-box? Explain.                                                                   side comparisons would be a customization.
37   items
     Audit trails           Describe how the product tracks modifications (i.e updater, timestamp, etc).                          DotCMS versions all content objects, file assets and pages
                                                                                                                                  within the system. These versions, including mod user and
                                                                                                                                  timestamps are available for review or rollback when
38                                                                                                                                viewing a history of the content.
     Authoring method         Describe the process of creating Web content. How is content authored? What options are             dotCMS allows a site administrator to define custom
                              available?                                                                                          content types and delegate the management of them.
                                                                                                                                  There are many field types that can go into "Web Content",
                                                                                                                                  including a WYSIWYG, tags, metadata, etc… All of which
39                                                                                                                                are definable by the administrator.
     Business user            How do you support simple content creation and management for casual contributors? Is it            This is handled with Permissions. A user can have very
     authoring                possible to easily define and manage content restrictions (i.e., maximum word/character count,      limited access on a very granular level. Using a custom
                              formatting) at the field level.                                                                     field, you can control a users input into any content item at
40                                                                                                                                the field level.
     Page building            Does your solution support the ability to modify page layout with "drag and drop" functionality?    Drag and drop can be supported if your template is built to
                              Is it possible to define templates and allow them to be populated as defined by workflows and       allow that. IT is also possible to create a template that has
                              permissions?                                                                                        editable areas that can be controlled by different roles,
41                                                                                                                                workflows.
     Web templating and       Describe any in-context or in-line template editing for business users, native developer support    dotCMS allows users to create and edit templates through
     layout management        for template and page layout management, and support for providing same services to leading         the administrative interface. This makes it easy to use
                              template management tools.                                                                          tools like Dreamweaver to create your templates and page
42                                                                                                                                layouts.
     Content life cycle       Describe how the product manages expiry and retirement of content and data. Does it handle          Content can have review and expiration dates that can be
                              time-based publishing and removal of pages? Does it handle time-based content versioning?           used for time based publishing and expiration of content.
                                                                                                                                  Because content lives singly in the content store, once a
                                                                                                                                  content item - say a news article - is expired, it is expired
                                                                                                                                  wherever it is used or re-used on the web site.
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     Content retention        Describe how to define content retention rules and disposition actions in your tool.                dotCMS retains all content in a archived state, unless
     management                                                                                                                   content is forcibly removed via and administrative tool.
44
     In-context editing       Do you support in-context (what you see is what you get [WYSIWYG]) editing? Describe how this Yes. We use tinyMCE WYSIWYG. All structure types can
45                            is acheived. Is it possible to do with all data types?                                        have a WYSIWYG.
     Indexing and search      Describe any built-in search tools provided by your solution.                                 We utilize Apache's Lucene to index and search content.
46
     Library services         Describe the library services/locking mechanisms that you offer (check-in, check-out,               We support locking / unlocking and full versioning of
47                            versioning).                                                                                        content.
     Previewing               Describe your ability to preview rendered content in a staging area. Does this require a separate   dotCMS handles staging within the system itself. A
                              server license?                                                                                     staging server would require an additional server license.
48
49   Records                  Can the product migrate web-based content to a records management system?                           Yes, through a customization
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     Searching content       Describe how the tool supports search within the authoring environment. Is it possible to search Yes. You can search by content type, metadata, title, etc..
50                           for objects by free text/metadata/content attributes?
     Support for specific    How do you support the combination of text and other page elements, such as graphics?            Graphics and other page elements can be referenced
51   content types                                                                                                            inline or as external links.
     Support for specific    How do you support page assets, such as graphics, logos and buttons?                             Graphics and other page elements can be referenced
52   content types                                                                                                            inline or as external links.
     Support for specific    How do you support pass-through content that may need to be converted, such as PDFs?             dotCMS support the creation of native "Exporters" which
53   content types                                                                                                            can transform content in different ways.
     Support for specific    How do you support multimedia, such as audio/video and Flash?                                    dotCMS can store any type of digital file, which are stored
     content types                                                                                                            in the physical drive of the web server. Files metadata and
                                                                                                                              a link to the physical location are also stored in the
                                                                                                                              database and in Lucene to be used in content searches.
54
     Content import/export   How do you support the bulk import and export of XML content for integration and migration?         Yes
55
     Rich media              Which of the following capabilities do you support: on-demand transformation, storyboarding,        dotCMS supports the resizing and thumbnailing of images
     management              assembly, image layering, thumbnailing, constrained cropping, resizing, rotation, color             inline. These are automatically republished if the
                             modification, and packaged integration with full-featured DAM tools enabling automated              underlying asset changes. Additional transformations can
                             republishing of changed assets and format conversion.                                               be created through our plugin architecture.
56
57   Web 2.0                What Web 2.0 features do you employ to improve the authoring experience?                             AJAX, RIA, Broad browser support
     Web 3.0                What Web 3.0 (e.g. personalization, semantic web) features are being explored for the current        dotCMS is exploring all Web 3.0 technologies, including
58                          and roadmap implementations of the solution?                                                         the semantic web. Microformats, etc.
     Taxonomy and           Support for defining hierarchical metadata structures. Support for semantic web tagging (RDF)        Yes, can support hierarchical meta data, semantic links
     metadata management as well as SEO. Should be flexible -- i.e., can specify if metadata entry is mandatory on user,         and make metadata mandatory.
59                          content type, and site/section levels.
     Rich Internet          Desired: Comprehensive support, with presentation code and content treated as discrete object        Comprehensive support- yes, Minimum, yes, too.
     applications           types, in-line editing capabilities for both, and the ability to deploy search-engine-friendly
                            versions of the content. Minimum: Business users have the ability to embed RIAs into
                            presentation templates and associate pre-populated presentation options with XML or JSON
60                          content types.
     Content access control Describe the access control systems available including discrete methods (create, read, update,      Create, View, Edit, Publish can be assigned to groups or
                            and delete) based on folders, groups, and metadata. How granular are the access control              users, and can apply to the content object level
61                          mechanisms?
     Product                Describe any rich product content and catalog management support your provide. How do you            Yes, all of these can be defined in the system and is done
     content/catalog        support search, browse and merchandising? Do you support multiple product content templates          within implementation.
     management             based on product type? Do you support workflow around product content?
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     Product                 Does your produce allow integration of product content from multiple sources (i.e. XML, CSV file,   XML can be imported and exported.
     content/catalog         and webservices)? Can you enable automated catalog population via business rules? Can the
63   management              catalog be segmented by geography and syndication?
64   Analytics               What bundled tools do you provide? Which partners do you integrate with?                            Site statistics, page views and click trails.
65   Analytics               Can broken links be found and repaired quickly?                                                     This can be customized.
     Analytics               Can the product track and report on-site use and demographics?                                      Yes, through our Personalization feature. This information
66                                                                                                                               can be exported.
67   Analytics               Do you have real-time analysis and response capabilities?                                           Yes, including an integrated campaign manager
     Analytics —             Do you partner or integrate with any third-party analytics tools? Describe how customer data        yes. We can integrate with 3rd party analytics, pass
     integrations            analytics from back-end systems empower your commerce capabilities.                                 product id and other information to Google, Omniture,
68                                                                                                                               etc…
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     Analytics —             Partnerships (what analytics tools do you partner or integrate with?) Specify how web and e-        yes. We can integrate with 3rd party analytics, pass
     integrations            commerce analytical information be meshed up with other Enterprise analytics. Describe actual       product id and other information to Google, Omniture,
69                           implementations of this.                                                                            etc…
     Audit reporting         Does your product have the ability for users to define audit reports on an ad hoc basis?            Through their analytics provider
70
     Behavioral analysis     What mechanisms do you employ to assess the behavior of an individual user (known or                dotCMS has a built-in rules engine (JBoss Rules) that
                             unknown) in real time and enable choice of delivered content based on that analysis? Can the        allows to tag users on different actions they take when
                             behavioural data be drawn from a third-party such as social networking sites, markeitng             viewing your website. Then content tagged with similar
                             databases, etc.                                                                                     tags can be displayed to the user in different sections of
                                                                                                                                 the site to recommend content they might be interested in
71                                                                                                                               based on their browsing history.
     Content                 Native or packaged integration with algorithm-based recommendations engine.                         See above.
     recommendations
72   (personalization)
73   Personalization         Explain how the product can display content targeted toward specific user profiles.                 Yes, see above
74   Personalization         Does the product target content based on visitor-supplied preferences? If so, how?                  Yes, see above
     Personalization         Can the product personalize a site based on customer transaction data? Explain how this is          Yes, see above
75                           done.
76   Personalization         Can the product apply personalization rules to elements smaller than pages?                         Yes, the above is also true for content objects.
     Compliance              How does your system verify content for hygiene (e.g. accessibility, spelling, format validation,   XHTML compliance.
77                           privacy, security, speed of deployment)?
     Recommendations         Do you support on-the-fly catalog creation/customization?                                           Yes. All template creation and customization is done
78                                                                                                                               through the admin tool.
     Design tool integration What IDE/desktop design tools can be integrated with the product?                                   dotCMS allows users to create and edit templates through
                                                                                                                                 the administrative interface. This makes it easy to use
                                                                                                                                 tools like dreamweaver to create your templates and page
79                                                                                                                               layouts.
     Dynamic presentation    Describe how templates support dynamic presentation of content.                                     dotCMS supports both static and dynamic content
     of content                                                                                                                  presentation. Lists of content objects can be dynamically
                                                                                                                                 delivered or they can managed as static lists.
80
81   Link management         Describe your link management capabilities.                                                         Link management can be handled with 3rd party.
     Maintaining             Describe how the solution allows for the reuse of contents and templates to enforce a common        Content is separated from the page and therefore lives
     consistency             “look and feel” and brand identity.                                                                 independently and can be reused easily. When adding
                                                                                                                                 new content, users will have the option to reuse content.
                                                                                                                                 Users can also select from provided list of templates from
                                                                                                                                 a dropdown list with a thumbnail preview. All of this is
                                                                                                                                 controlled to enforce common "look and feel."
82
     Multivariate testing    Describe your multivariate testing capabilities.                                                    In dotCMS, it would be possible to create a multivariate
                                                                                                                                 widget to use multiple pieces of content and based upon
                                                                                                                                 them, to track views and success rates of particular
                                                                                                                                 campaigns. This would be done during a sites
83                                                                                                                               implementation.
     A/B and multivariate    Native or proven integrations for rapid A/B and MV testing of site alternatives. (Note: MVT         dotCMS supports customization and personalization. As
     testing                 requires automated testing of dozens of alternatives (i.e. "full factorial"). Enable automated      mentioned above, a widget could provide full factorial
                             content testing.                                                                                    testing of multiple content items for a given area.
84
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      Devices                 Does the product support preview of site pages on multiple virtual or real devices such as print,    Yes. dotCMS templates can be implemented to support
                              mobile, IPTV? If so, how?                                                                            other display formats such as PDAs or printer friendly
                                                                                                                                   versions by using one CSS file for each separate format.
                                                                                                                                   This could be previewed before publishing by
                                                                                                                                   creating pages for each one of them.
85
      Localization            Can the product support content in multiple languages? If so, how?                                   dotCMS fully supports content and containers, pages and
                                                                                                                                   templates in multiple languages. We have a macro that
                                                                                                                                   allows you to pull content that is language specific.
86
87    Localization            Can you support multiple versions of the same site using the same WCM instance?                      Yes.
      Layout                  Does your tool support the creation and management of multilingual (including R-to-L) content?       Yes, including R-to-L.
88
      Process-driven          Does your product support or integrate with translation management process software?                 dotCMS supports the translation process through
      translation                                                                                                                  intelligent prepopulation of language defaults and the
89                                                                                                                                 workflow process.
      Supported languages     If your product supports a certain subset of languages, which ones are supported?                    Out of the box it can support all languages.
90
      Multilingual content    Does your tool support versioning and rollback of source/target pairs content? Does it display    dotCMS has versioning and rollback. It does not have side-
      management              side-by-side pairs with highlighting of differences? Does you r product support automated         by-side comparison. This could be customized.
                              extraction/return of content in appropriate formats? Does it support the export of content marked
                              for localization? Does it support this via a web-based UI?
91
      Tool localization       Describe any ability to localize product's administration tools, including templates, error          All admin tools can be internationalized, including error
                              messages, documentation, and administration interfaces                                               messages, templates and admin interfaces.
92                                                                                                                                 Documentation is in English.
      Multisite management    Does the product directly support site cloning and template/content inheritance to enable, for       Hosts can be copied. This includes all folder, pages, files,
      support                 example, rapid creation new (possibly password-protected) micro-sites from existing ones?            etc…under the host. Hosts are treated as content and can
                              Does this include the ability to inherit site management permissions? Can the copy then be           have extra fields and variables added to them.
93                            modified to suit?
      Site cloning            Explain how someone would go about creating a duplicate or template of a subset of pages for         Templates can be copied and containers can be modified
                              further modification. How does inheritance in your tool support this process?                        to support a subset of templates. Templates can be not
94                                                                                                                                 inherit, thought.
      Content distribution    How would your product take advantage of a content distribution network to speed up the              dotCMS can leverage CDN through a plugin created for
95                            delivery of content?                                                                                 that purpose.
      Content distribution    How would your product take advantage of a content distribution network to ensure a failsafe,        See above.
96                            highly available network of servers?
97    Content distribution    Is there edge network support?                                                                  See above
      Layered approach        Explain how your product supports the separation of user interface from application from data   dotCMS supports this through our plugin architecture,
                                                                                                                              which allows an organization to extend dotCMS at various
                              models. What support is inherent in the tool for enforcing this separation and the creation of new
                              resources in each layer?                                                                        layers of the application, from the DAO level to the API
98                                                                                                                            level to the UI level.
      Mobile browsing       In what ways does your platform support the creation of mobile web sites?                         Yes. dotCMS provides a framework to reuse content
99    natively                                                                                                                across channels, including mobile.
      Single sign-on        Does your content management backend allow for foreign user databases via LDAP, oAuth, etc.? dotCMS integrates with LDAP and easily with other third-
                            Alternately, can your content management user database easily serve as a user database for third- party applications.
100                         party applications?
      Code reuse techniques Describe how your solution allows for code reuse within and across sites? How does the system dotCMS allows code and content to be used across sites.
                            allow for overriding these standards?                                                             Code can be referenced, or not, across domains if the
101                                                                                                                           proper permissions are applied.
                    A                                                            B                                                                                  C
      Field types             Describe the variety of built-in field types in your product (video, heirarchical, etc.). Describe all   Text, Hierarchical, Binary (video, file assets) images,
                              customization options available (API, programmability, customization, inheritance and code               numeric, dates, rich text. Custom fields and field types
102                           reuse, etc.)                                                                                             can be created by administrators.
      Multiple domain         Describe how your product supports publishing content to multiple domains, possibly stored on            A single dotCMS instance can effectively manage
      support                 disparate machines                                                                                       hundreds of domains and can publish content to them,
                                                                                                                                       share content across them all based on permissions.
103
      Test-driven             Describe how your product supports test-driven development.                                              dotCMS provides a simple, understandable development
      development                                                                                                                      environment that can be used to extend dotCMS in a
                                                                                                                                       multitude of ways that can include multiple development
                                                                                                                                       methodologies, including test driven development.
104
      Browser-based           Describe how your product supports browser-based application testing.                                    dotCMS can be tested with browsers or browser
105   application testing                                                                                                              automation tools.
      Aggregation during      Describe how your product supports the ability to publish/compose pages with                             dotCMS allows users to connect to external resources and
      publishing              content/data/functionality from disparate repositories, sites, and/or applications.                      use them in pages served by the dotCMS platform,
                                                                                                                                       including resources in XML, accessable via web services,
106                                                                                                                                    or via JDBC.
      Cache configuration     Explain how your product supports the definition of cached objects and frequency of cache                dotCMS automatically caches objects in the system and
                              refresh at serve time.                                                                                   invalidates the cache when the objects are updated.
107
      Mixed models            Explain how your product supports publishing of both static and dynamic content within a site.           dotCMS allows the presentation of pages created using
                                                                                                                                       the CMS, and also provides the possibility of serving
                                                                                                                                       HTML pages external to the CMS. These external pages
                                                                                                                                       need to be saved under the webroot of the dotCMS
                                                                                                                                       installation, and they will be served by Tomcat as a regular
108                                                                                                                                    resource.
      Publish to portals      Describe your support for publishing content to leading portals, including single point of               dotCMS can publish content to a variety of channels.
                              presentation management, and in-line editing of content in the portal environment.                       Portals can consume content in dotCMS using XML feeds
                                                                                                                                       or via RSS. Content can be updated in a portal if the
                                                                                                                                       portal is a CMIS compliant client with editing capibilities.
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      Publishing and          Explain how you support dependencies during publishing , including transactional publishing              Publishing in dotCMS is transactional and when publishing
      dependency              and deployment, automatic detection of dependencies, in-line link checking, and detailed error           a page, all content dependencies are resolved and can be
      management              reporting.                                                                                               published together. Error reporting is shown inline, in edit
                                                                                                                                       mode, to provide easy debugging of any issues.
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      Publishing diagnostic   Describe the diagnostic tools available to troubleshoot publishing issues.                     dotCMS provides inline error reporting viewable in edit
      tools                                                                                                                  mode in when publishing content. This allows a web user
                                                                                                                             to update or correct any errors without affecting the live
111                                                                                                                          pages.
      SEO                     Describe all URL customization mechanisms available in your product.                           dotCMS allows URL Aliases, URL rewriting and vanity
                                                                                                                             URLs. Additionally all pages in dotCMS use real URLs
112                                                                                                                          that can be user specififed by default.
      SEO                     Describe the built-in mechanisms used to support SEO. For example: site map generation, URL Yes, dotCMS provides a built-in macro to create sitemaps.
                              rewrite, 301 redirects, and metadata requirements? Describe who and how these capabilities are The formatting of the sitemap is determined by creating
                              managed.                                                                                       the necessary styles. dotCMS also provides the function
                                                                                                                             for vanity URLS, redirects and metadata.
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                   A                                                             B                                                                              C
      Benchmarks: number        How many concurrent workflows can the system support?                                              No limit.
      of concurrent
      workflows
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      Benchmarks: number        How many concurrent consumers can the system support?                                              No limit.
      of users (consumers)
115
      Benchmarks: number        How many concurrent contributors can the system support?                                           No limit.
      of users (contributors)
116
      Clustering                What kind of flexibility do you offer for the placement of public and internal-facing components   This is dictated by the template design. We do not limit
117                             near to their respective consumers?                                                                this in dotCMS.
      Performance               Describe the scalability of your solution and the features that enable that scalability.           The dotCMS system, in a clustered configuration, is
                                                                                                                                   designed to scale as more front end servers are brought
                                                                                                                                   into the cluster. At the core, node file system IO is the
                                                                                                                                   limiting factor for scalability.
                                                                                                                                   - DB hits are eliminated or minimized
                                                                                                                                   The system is designed to use clustered caches that
                                                                                                                                   eliminate any reliance on the database to serve front end
                                                                                                                                   pages.
                                                                                                                                   - Node level content index
                                                                                                                                   Each node is responsible for maintaining an up to date
                                                                                                                                   content index on it's file system (required for content
                                                                                                                                   searches and dynamic content delivery).
                                                                                                                                   - Distributed Caching Mechanism
                                                                                                                                   Invalidates objects cluster wide, objects which are then re-
                                                                                                                                   instantiated lazily, as needed.
                                                                                                                                    -Tree like virtual file system insures that files are
                                                                                                                                   distributed evenly across folders.

                                                                                                                             Multiple instances could be deployed for different business
                                                                                                                             units. A large scale cluster could be deployed, though the
                                                                                                                             administrative interface would require an infinitely scalable
                                                                                                                             db to provide service unlimited for unlimited dotCMS
118                                                                                                                          users.
      Performance-              Describe the performance-enhancing features provided by your product — for example, caching, Every time a page is requested by a browser, dotCMS will
      enhancing capabilities    server clustering, load balancing and replication.                                           look in its cache, if it doesn't find it, we generate the page
                                                                                                                             using Velocity cached files and cache all the page's
                                                                                                                             information using JBoss cache. Next time a user requests
                                                                                                                             the same page it will be served entirely by the
                                                                                                                             cache.dotCMS can run on multiple servers out of the box
                                                                                                                             and we have worked with our clients in the past to have
                                                                                                                             multiple webservers and replicate content between them.
119                                                                                                                          This is something we can definitely work with you on
      Sample scale              Describe the largest knowns installation of your solution. How many public servers? How many Hospital Corporation of America will be deploying over 700
                                internal-facing servers? How many users?                                                     sites on one instance of dotCMS. They have 2 cluster
                                                                                                                             nodes for production, 2 db boxes for production, 1 staging,
                                                                                                                             1 development, 1 load balancer and 1 utility box. They are
                                                                                                                             also running 1 stand alone instances of dotCMS as well as
                                                                                                                             1 sandbox environment. There are hundreds of users.
120
                    A                                                        B                                                                              C
121   Scalability            What is the maximum number of pages and components per server?                                    There is no maximum.
122   Scalability            What is the maximum number of interoperating servers?                                             No maximum.
      "Captcha"              Do you provide captcha capability within the solution? What about other challenge-response        Yes.
123                          mechanisms?
      Authentication         Describe how your application supports authentication (for example, Lightweight Directory         dotCMS supports authentication via LDAP.
                             Access Protocol [LDAP], Windows NT Domains, Active Directory; please specify). With what
                             other solutions does it connect?                                                                  On login dotCMS will first attempt to login the user against
                                                                                                                               the LDAP authentication system configured, if not found, it
                                                                                                                               will search for a local user. Local users can be created by
                                                                                                                               CMS Administrators. Once authenticated, Users have
                                                                                                                               single sign-on access to all of the system’s components
                                                                                                                               and all the website hosts that they have permission to edit.

                                                                                                                               Provisioning and Group membership can also be driven by
                                                                                                                               information in LDAP, which in turn affects which content
                                                                                                                               and workflows a user has access to.
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      Group-level security   Describe the capabilities for group creation and rights assignments.                              dotCMS has always shipped with very powerful and
      and permissions                                                                                                          granular permissions. Simplification can
                                                                                                                               mean many things. In this case we have made managing
                                                                                                                               complex and simple tasks easier.
                                                                                                                               1. We have hierarchical roles and role membership
                                                                                                                               2. Permissions can be set from a role for folders and
                                                                                                                               hosts. This means that folders and
                                                                                                                               hosts can inherit permissions or can set their own
                                                                                                                               permissions individually. These
                                                                                                                               inherited permissions can be controlled from the role
                                                                                                                               manager making pushing large
                                                                                                                               changes of permissions and adding a new permission
                                                                                                                               much simpler then in previous
                                                                                                                               versions of dotCMS. You can even cascade your changes
                                                                                                                               from the role manager forcing
                                                                                                                               permissions down from any host/folder.
                                                                                                                               3. The owner is visible and controllable via the UI.
125                                                                                                                            4. There is Login As functionality in dotCMS
      Levels of security     Describe and list the levels of permission needed for security access.                            You can designate the levels.
126   access
      Role-based security    Can the product restrict access to content or areas based on the user's role within the system?   Yes.
127
      Security               How does the product provide administrative access control on a subpage level?                    This is baed on a users Permissions. All content and
128                                                                                                                            subpages can be permissioned.
129   SAML                   Does the product support Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)?                               dotCMS does not support SAML.
      OWASP                  Describe how your technology can prevent clients from being exposed to SQL injections by          We lock the db down so that only the required permissions
                             hackers                                                                                           are being used. We also can lock the file system and
                                                                                                                               underneath OS down to further prevent attacks therefore
                                                                                                                               making secure remote access available for users outside
130                                                                                                                            the internal network.
      OWASP                  Describe what other built-in methods are avaliable to prevent other deliberate attacks on the     dotCMS provides tooling to prevent XSS and SQL injection
                             website?                                                                                          attacks at the request level. Captcha and internal tools
131                                                                                                                            prevent form spam attacks.
                   A                                                           B                                                                               C
      Security architecture   Describe your security architecture and how your application handles security/access to content dotCMS uses standard Internet protocols to communicate
                              — definition, authentication and implementation.                                                with various other systems. This includes HTTP, HTTPS,
                                                                                                                              JDBC, SMTP, LDAP, JMS and Multicast. To ensure
                                                                                                                              security, we use SSL to encrypt content that is transported
                                                                                                                              over non-trusted networks. The site can be configured to
                                                                                                                              be accessed remotely through a secure SSL connection.

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      Campaign execution      Does your tool provide the ability to manage multi-channel dynamic campaigns? If so, how?          Yes, dotCMS can publish and manage mutlichannel
                                                                                                                                 campiagns, mobile, RSS, email and web through the
133                                                                                                                              administrative tools within the system.
      Accessibility           What accessibility standards does your tool support?                                               All HTML generated by dotCMS is generated from the
                                                                                                                                 templates. All templates are created by website
                                                                                                                                 administrators or webmasters so this depends on whether
                                                                                                                                 the templates are compliant to start with. If we are
                                                                                                                                 responsible for developing your templates we ensure that
134                                                                                                                              all code generated is valid and compliant.
      Site navigation         What tools do you have that would support the automatic generation of navigational elements,       All menus, crumbtrails, heirachies and site maps are
      management              for example, from site heirarchy, taxonomy, etc.                                                   automatically generated by the system based upon where
                                                                                                                                 a page resides given the sites information architecture. If a
                                                                                                                                 section or page is created, moved, renamed, the
                                                                                                                                 navigational elements on the page will reflect that change.
                                                                                                                                 All content in the dotCMS system can be placed within a
                                                                                                                                 customized taxonomy that is definable at runtime. Site
                                                                                                                                 developers can use this taxonomy to pull customized or
                                                                                                                                 related content and provide a site visitor with a
135                                                                                                                              personalized experience.
      Email                   Describe any tools your have that support the creation of MIME emails using native capabilities.   Yes, dotCMS allows Multipart (rich html) Emails to be
136                                                                                                                              created and sent through the campaign manager
      Print-on-demand         Describe native capabilities to published content into defined print templates.                    Yes, a stylesheet for media print needs to be created to
                                                                                                                                 allow for a print version to be generated automatically. This
                                                                                                                                 stylesheet needs to be added to all templates where the
137                                                                                                                              printer version is needed.
      Ad servers              Do you provide integration with ad servers? If so, describe how.                                   Ad server integration can occur at the host, template,
                                                                                                                                 channel or content level, with appropiate calls being made
                                                                                                                                 dynamically, based on rules applied by the web master.
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      Client platforms        If your product is not browser-based, describe the client platforms supported, the operating       dotCMS is browswer based.
                              system supported, and the minimum hardware requirements of client systems.
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      Database support        List the database management systems you support.                                                  PostgreSQL 8.0+, MySQL 5.0+, Oracle 9+, MSSQL 2005,
140                                                                                                                              DB2 (requires customization)
      Integration features    Identify the digital asset management products that you integrate with out of the box or for which dotCMS allows users to connect to external resources and
                              you have prepackaged connectors.                                                                   use them in pages served by the dotCMS platform,
                                                                                                                                 including resources in XML, accessable via web services,
141                                                                                                                              or via JDBC.
      Integration features    Identify any other products that you integrate with out of the box or for which you have           dotCMS is a very robust platform for integration and
                              prepackaged connectors.                                                                            expansion, and this is exactly how the system should be
                                                                                                                                 approached. It is extremely easy to integrate with 3rd
                                                                                                                                 party datasources or create custom administrative
142                                                                                                                              modules as needed.
                  A                                                               B                                                                               C
      Portal integrations      Identify the portal products that you integrate with out of the box or for which you have
                               prepackaged connectors. List the portal products with which you currently integrate using        The CMS has been integrated with SCT Banner, Jenzabar,
143                            custom solutions.                                                                                IMIS, and TIMMS.
      Product release          Describe and explain your product release and update schedule, and any future strategy.          A. dotCMS releases patches every month. Releases are
                                                                                                                                every year and are not mandatory. With dotCMS
                                                                                                                                Enterprise® is the automatic updater. All releases and
                                                                                                                                upgrades under our Enterprise model are covered under
144                                                                                                                             warranty.
      Server platforms     Describe the server operating systems, Web servers and application servers you support.              dotCMS is a 100% J2EE Java application that can run
                                                                                                                                equally on Windows or Unix Servers over any JSP /
                                                                                                                                Servlet container such as:
                                                                                                                                - Tomcat
                                                                                                                                - Resin
                                                                                                                                - Orion
                                                                                                                                - Oracle App Server
145                                                                                                                             - JRUN
146   Source code          Is the source code available to purchase?                                                            dotCMS is an open source product.
      Standards            Describe the industry standards with which your product is compliant — for example, XML,             XML, WebDav, SOAP, REST, drool, and Jboss rules. We
                           WebDAV, SOAP, REST, Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) and JSR 170/283.                      have the same feature stack as JSR 170, but we do not
147                                                                                                                             support it. We also do fully support CMIS.
      Supported APIs       What open APIs and standard languages do you support?                                                dotCMS is JSR - 168, written in Java 5 and above. We
                                                                                                                                support HTML, CSS, Flash, Velocity, and other web based
148                                                                                                                             languages.
      Web services and SOA Describe how your product supports Web Services or service-oriented architecture (SOA). If this dotCMS is a Java based application and it can easily be
                           is planned for a future release, please provide a time frame for availability.                       customized to integrate with any Web service or to deliver
149                                                                                                                             content as a webservice.
      Additional features  List additional features that you provide out of the box that enhance the usability of the authoring WYSIWYG authoring tool, Content types, tagging,
150                        interface.                                                                                           searchable content, Easy Form Builder tool.
151   Reporting            Can the product log reports of the status and history of a piece of content?                         Yes
152   Reporting            Can the product view content source and descriptive information?                                     Yes.
153   Reporting            Is there the ability for user-definable audit reporting on an ad hoc basis?                          Yes, on a per object basis.
154   Reporting            Can the product integrate with external reporting tools?                                             Yes.
      Required training    Describe incorporated functionality that reduces the required level of technical training of users dotCMS's use of velocity as our templating language
                           to interact with your product.                                                                       provides webmasters to easily create functional and
                                                                                                                                dynamic web sites without having to resort to XSLT or
                                                                                                                                Java. Our web tools allows webmasters to create widgets
                                                                                                                                that abstract complexity and can then be used on pages to
                                                                                                                                easily allow content editors to display different functionality
                                                                                                                                such as Photo Galleries, Content tickers, RSS feeds, etc.
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      Unique capabilities      Describe any distinguishing usability features that make your product better than that of the          In dotCMS, Roles and Permissions are extremely granular.
                               competition.                                                                                           What this means for Administrators and Content
                                                                                                                                      contributors is that based on your permissions, you willl
                                                                                                                                      only have access to certain tools and functions. Therefore
                                                                                                                                      the process of contributing content can be extremely
                                                                                                                                      simple and fast...even down to the WYSIWYG tools
                                                                                                                                      provided. This also means some users may have access
                                                                                                                                      to only certain pages. The power of granularity dotCMS
                                                                                                                                      provides contributes to a simple and powerful WCM
                                                                                                                                      experienece for all users.
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                  A                                                              B                                                                                 C
157   Wizards                  Do you supply wizards to help users with frequently performed tasks?                                  Yes
      Archiving                Describe how content from the Web site is archived and removed using workflow.                        Content can be set to expire during the workflow task itself.
                                                                                                                                     A review date can be set for content that will automatically
                                                                                                                                     create a workflow based on the date set for content review.
158
159   Audit trails             Is it possible to create an audit trail of all actions carried out on the workflow package?           Yes
160   Creating workflow        Describe the method of workflow creation (graphical/scripting, Visio, etc)?                           dotCMS provides a linear workflow out of the box.
      Review and approval      Explain the review and approval process for Web content.
                                                                                                                                     Users are typically set up by the administrator to be
                                                                                                                                     notified by email with either read, write and or publish
                                                                                                                                     access depending on their access rights. Notifications are
                                                                                                                                     standard, but dotCMS also provides the ability to add
                                                                                                                                     additional comments to each workflow task if needed. Not
                                                                                                                                     every user will have publishing permissions and therefore
161                                                                                                                                  can send the content back for review and then publishing.
162   Workflow                 Can the product move a package of associated content through workflow together?                       If the content is packaged as a single structure, yes.
      Workflow                 Can administrators copy and modify existing workflows?                                                This can be customized.
163   administration
      Workflow                 Can administrators add or change business rules in the tool?                                          Yes, based on roles and permissions
164   administration
      Workflow alerts          Can users define how and when they wish to receive notifications?                                     Currently all workflow notification is through email, but can
165                                                                                                                                  be configured differently if desired.
166   Workflow capabilities    Can content be flowed backward for rerouting?                                                         Yes.
167   Workflow capabilities    Can users configure authority for everyone in the workflow chain?                                     Yes. This is done with Permissions.
168   Workflow capabilities    Can one author route different workflows based on document type?                                      Yes.
169   Workflow capabilities    Can a package of associated content be moved through workflow together?                               If the content is packaged as a single structure, yes.
170   Workflow capabilities    Is it possible to copy and modify existing workflows?                                                 Yes. This is done with Permissions.
171   Workflow capabilities    Can a workflow be overriden?                                                                          Yes, if the user has proper permissions to do so.
      Workflow capabilities    How are business rules managed in the solution?                                                       Either through the interface or through the plugin
172                                                                                                                                  architecture.
      Workflow capabilities    Does the solution offer journaling - the ability to annotate content inside the workflow without it   Yes, comments and notes can be added to workflow
173                            affecting the content?                                                                                tasks.
174   Workflow capabilities    Does the product provide a status of content progress through the workflow?                           Yes.
      Workflow capabilities    How flexible is the process to define who is alerted at which steps in the workflow?                  Workflow is task and role based. If user has proper
                                                                                                                                     permissions, he or she can notifiy any other user.
                                                                                                                                     However, if user has limited permission, he or she will only
175                                                                                                                                  be able to notify designatied users.
      Workflow capabilities    Does the product have the ability for users to define how and when they receive notifications?        Currently all workflow notification is through email, but can
176                                                                                                                                  be configured differently if desired.
177   Workflow complexity    Can the product create dynamic, if/then workflow decision trees?                                        This can be customized.
      Workflow configuration Can users configure authority for everyone in the workflow chain?                                       Yes, if they have the proper permissions.
178
      Workflow configuration Can one author route different workflows based on document type?                                        Yes, if they have the proper permissions.
179
      Workflow extendibility   What is the maximum length/width (nodes/threads) of a workflow chain?                                 Unlimited. Based on number of users.
180
181   Workflow flexibility     Can users alter or override the workflow for specific content objects?                                Yes, if they have the proper permissions.
182   Workflow reporting       Can administrators define who is alerted at which steps in the workflow?                              Yes.
      Workflow status and      Can the product provide status of content progress through workflow?                                  Yes.
183   reporting
                 A                                                      B                                                                              C
      Workflow         Is workflow flexible (for instance based on the user)? Describe how workflows are managed.         Users are typically set up by the administrator to be
      administration   What kind of workflow reporting (i.e., status, aggregate reporting, and bottleneck reporting) is   notified by email with either read, write and or publish
                       available?                                                                                         access depending on their access rights. Notifications are
                                                                                                                          standard, but dotCMS also provides the ability to add
                                                                                                                          additional comments to each workflow task if needed.
                                                                                                                          Users can track their tasks and assignments by login to
                                                                                                                          the backend of the site.
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      Services         Describe the range of commerce services that are provided by, and/or integrate best with, your     dotCMS comes with basic commerce capabilities out of
                       product. Describe the means by which these services are typically integrated and customized.       the box. However, we have partnered with KonaKart to
                                                                                                                          create CMS driven eCommerce. This architecture
                                                                                                                          introduces system segmentation from core infrastructures,
                                                                                                                          which is vital to the stability and security of e-commerce
                                                                                                                          inner-workings. Benefits include: * Enabling the
                                                                                                                          marketing and community managers to introduce new
                                                                                                                          campaigns and functionality with minimal IT participation.
                                                                                                                             * Empower marketers and channel/outreach specialists
                                                                                                                          with tools to help promote local events for stores and
                                                                                                                          partners.
                                                                                                                             * Enable the unification of community content with
                                                                                                                          standard e-commerce content.
                                                                                                                             * Enable a unified tagging solution for products, expert
                                                                                                                          advice, product review, etc.
                                                                                                                             * Syndicate data between wholesalers, retailers,
                                                                                                                          industry experts and customers.

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