DotNetNuke Is Ready for Prime Time
Companies such as Sharp Electronics, Goodman Manufacturing, Mitsubishi, and many others are using DotNetNuke as either the engines of their public web presences or for key intranet/extranet web solutions.
1. The Microsoft based platform allows for large corporate IT departments who are already familiar with .net/sql to easily ramp up on deploying custom DotNetNuke modules.
2. The flexible skinning and module architecture on top of a solid content management platform make it easy to utilize DotNeNuke for everything from informational/marketing web sites to powerful line of business web applications.
3. With the open flexible module architecture and SQL Server back end, DotNeNuke can be integrated into external enterprise systems such as SAP, Oracle and others.
4. Perhaps the largest concern of any large enterprise is can it scale. With the formation of DNNCorp and the professional edition of DotNetNuke a large amount of focus has been put on building the platform. The added support for web server farms has been a key addition.
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Planning your DotNetNuke platform
Like any web application you have to plan your DotNetNuke platform properly. The DotNetNuke framework is robust and provides an excellent security, content management and performance infrastructure. But as corporate IT departments plan complex deployments, just like any other enterprise application the custom coding and planning must be done right for success.
The Professional and Enterprise editions of DotNetNuke do carry a price tag with them and there are some features definitely worth considering. The community edition (free) is a great platform for most small to medium size deployments. The beauty of the DotnetNuke offering is that you can start on the community edition and scale up as needed. Perhaps the most valuable aspect of the Professional and Enterprise editions ist he priority support provided. For complex deployments, assistance with scaling and other challenges having access to the core development team can be invaluable.
So in short, DotNetNuke is definitely ready for enterprise level deployments. its core framework can save considerable development time and provides a robust framework for development and deployment.
Noel Jerke is the CEO of sitetoolset.com a leading solution provider for the DotNetNuke platform.
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