An increasing number of associations see the appeal of open-source content management systems (CMS) such as Drupal and WordPress, with their large user and developer communities and low costs. Integrating PHP-based systems with a .NET-based association management system (AMS) has discouraged some potential open-source users, though. Should integrating PHP with .NET really be a barrier?
 
In the first ITAG Alliance session of 2014 in late January, web experts Pedja Grujic and Brian Newsome will identify the types of associations best suited to open-source CMS use. They’ll also address short- and long-term costs, security, extensibility, and the upgrade path.
 
Most importantly, they will show when and how open-source CMS’s can fit into an organizational technology framework, including approaches to integration with a .NET AMS.
 
Pedja Grujic and Brian Newsome are both with New Target, a web strategy, design, development, hosting and marketing firm located in Alexandria, VA. Pedja is Director of Technology, overseeing New Target’s development team, architecting the company’s technical solutions, and advising clients on solutions. Brian is Vice President and leads New Target’s project teams and provides vision and strategic guidance for New Target’s association web development projects.

With offices in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, Ca., New Target provides digital strategy, digital marketing, web design, web development, branding, website hosting, and creative services for prominent nonprofits, companies, and government.