SearchWinDevelopment.com recently caught up with Rob Howard, who graced these pages in the Pre Silverlight Days. Howard rode the first blog wave at Microsoft, and has continued on the social networking trail as head of Telligent, provider of Community Server, a blogging application running on the ASP.NET platform.
Recently, Telligent has launched Graffiti, which takes a big conceptual step up the stream from blogging. Graffiti is a Content Management System [CMS], which is what people find they need when they bash about in the blogpond long enough.
Trouble with CMS is: There is a wide spectrum with not too many nodes along the way. You have the big vendors [Vignette, Interwoven] with rich products and pricey price tags on one spectra end .. and on the other end there is WordPress and Blogger with low cost and low features. Telligent sees opportunity.
Graffiti is a light weight CMS platform, Howard told us. It is a good fit in a more disparate environment, he indicated. He said many companies are beginning to field more than a single CMS type. They are supporting what he calls ‘niche focused publishing platforms.’
As with past Telligent efforts, Graffiti runs on ASP.NET. But this time, it also runs on Linux and Mac OS, and Mono. It supports various DBs, including MySQL.
Telligent has more in store. Besides upcoming new revs of Community Server, there is the Harvest Reporting suite due from the company. Said Howard, it rolls up 130 pre-built reports that let blogmeisters slice and dice their community data. Blogging may be a commodity item, yes. But the software the grows up around the blogging phenomenon may be industries onto themselves. With its stabs at CMS and reporting, Telligent may point the way toward a trend.