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Plone and Single-Sign On - Active Directory and the Holy Grail

These are the slides of a talk I gave on Single Sign On in Plone via Active Directory using netsight.windowsauthplugin

BathCamp #32 - CMS Smackdown! - Plone

A bit of a different format for BathCamp in June. We’ll be cage fighting.


Actually, it’s a sort of follow on from our previous BathCamp – a comparison of as many CMS systems as we can get people to talk about.

Obviously any comparison of CMS system is heavily caveated with an “it depends…” but nonetheless we think it’ll be interesting to hear from people talking about the good, the bad and the ugly of the systems they use.

The format of the talks will be “5 things I love about this CMS and 5 things I hate”, followed by time for questions and general CMS-like banter.

We’ve got the following lined up:



Expression Engine






Online Information 2011: Global and Social A case study of the implementation of a large-scale social intranet

Belron International is the global parent company of brands such as Autoglass and Carglass. With a turnover of nearly €3bn, they employ 25,000 people in 32 countries, repairing or replacing a windscreen every 3 seconds.

In 2007 the organisation developed an intranet based on the Open Source CMS Plone. This year the intranet was extended and re-focussed to add a range of social media functions to integrate with (and enhance) the existing suite of content management and workflow tools.

Over 5 years the intranet has evolved to provide features that are used on a daily basis by all functions within the organisation. The challenge with the introduction of ’social’ content creation and collaboration has been to manage and integrate these new ways of working into established processes.

In this talk we will show how a large, multinational organisation has overcome the common concerns relating to social media in the enterprise, including governance, loss of control and the risks of reliance on services outside the firewall. Once these concerns are mitigated, the social media model can be used to drive …

Plone: The DNA of a Successful Open Source Community

This is the slides and audio of a talk I gave at the University of Bristol to a class of 2nd year Computer Science students as part of an Advanced Software Engineering module.

The talk was on the symbiotic relationship between an SME software company (Netsight) and an Open Source Community (Plone).

Mistakes Made and Lessons Learnt Scaling Plone post-Launch

This is a run down of the mistakes we made and the lessons we learnt trying to scale a big Plone site with un-anticipated traffic once the site had gone live and the budget all been spent. Find out what we did wrong, and how we fixed it.

Plone Symposium East 2011 Keynote: Plone, A Solution not a Product

Abstract: Looking at the market for content management systems, there are a whole slew of products out there, both proprietary and Open Source. Typically people choose a product from a vendor and then have to find a implementation company to implement it for them. With Plone the implementation company *is* the vendor. But unlike proprietary single-vendor solutions, Plone has hundreds of companies and individuals worldwide that can help you implement Plone. Sometimes we take for granted just what an amazing community we have and its diversity both geographically and in different industries. In this keynote I am going to look at Plone and its use around the world and the community that makes it so special

Plone: Event Driven Programming

A talk I gave at the European Plone Symposium 2010 in Sorrento.

Event Driven Programming in Plone - or how to extend Plone the lazy way

Ever wanted to extend Plone somehow but not wanted to change the existing code for a product? Want to learn the easy way to extend Plone’s functionality?


I will show you some examples of how to use Plone’s event subscriber and workflow systems to extend Plone without having to change any existing products. Using a number of common Plone products and the events system to combine them you can come up with unlimited possibilities. I’ll use examples from two websites I’ve been working on recently to show you how you can make authors have to pay (using GetPaid) to publish content on a site, and how to check the comments are not spam on your discussion board.

Mountain Tops to Archipelagos - The People Behind Plone (+AUDIO)

I was invited to give a talk at the Rotary Club Bristol about Plone. I spoke about the community and how an amazing group of people world wide gather across locations around the globe to develop software... and have a few beers in the process.

I’m afraid the audio quality is not that great, but hopefully you can turn the volume up and bit and still hear me

The Flexibility of Open Source - Plone in the Public Sector

A talk given by Matt Hamilton, Technical Director of Netsight.

This talk was part of the British Computer Society (BCS) event "Public Funds in the UK: Open Source for Document and Content Management" held in London on 7th January 2010.

The talk is a case study of two specific public sector clients of the Open Source WCM, Plone: Warwickshire Police, and a large educational portal.

The Flexibility of Open Source: A Case Study of a large Corporate Intranet

The advantages of Open Source systems go beyond simple cost savings. Content management by its very nature requires a significant level of customisation and integration to meet business requirements. By not prohibiting the inspection and modification of the source code, Open Source enables a level of flexibility not available with proprietary systems.

This talk will present a case study of the process one corporation, Belron®, went through in the development of a corporate Intranet based on Plone. Belron® is the world’s largest vehicle glass repair and replacement company, owning some of the best known brands in the industry including Carglass®, Autoglass®, O’Brien® and Safelite®. Belron® employs more than 19, 500 people working in 28 countries worldwide.

In this talk you will see how the flexibility of Open Source allowed an initial modest Intranet to adapt and grow over time to an organisation’s evolving requirements, and the development of multiple sub-sites, specific business processes and multilingual support. You will also see how Open Source’s licensing model allows un-fettered growth and deployment of the Intranet to multiple countries.