Thursday, March 9, 2017
As spring apparently does not even know itself whether it has arrived Germany or not, some of us at byte5 decided to go find some sun and some green this week. And indeed, there was not a greener spot than the booth of CMS garden at this year’s Internet World Munich.
“A garden amongst web companies and eCommerce providers?!” … a question which some visitors of Internet World in Munich pondered on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. CMS Garden’s booth was not only green, you could also find the more common notebooks and logos of several open source content management systems – next to garden gnomes, blooming plants and gummy worms. Just like it should be in a garden at this time of the year, even if it is “only” growing software.
Between representatives of the Wordpress, Joomla, Plone, Drupal, Contao and Contenido communities, Chris and Sandra in their function as Umbraco ambassadors explained to curious fair visitors what CMS Garden is all about: a collaboration of diverse open source CMS communities that pursue the sustainability thought in software together. This can only work if everyone affected agrees upon the idea that the different communities joining forces despite their individual advantages and disadvantages is the main aim instead of an unshakable competition amongst one another.
At the fair booth, there were not only exciting talks and comparisons of the different systems with the requirements of an interested person, but also forwarding interested parties to the colleagues of their chosen CMS. This made it a necessity to have a lot of conversations with colleagues of different systems, in which everyone learnt a lot about the other CMS and their communities. Just like we learnt many new things about the other systems, we told the others about Umbraco, which was entirely new to some and somewhat of a sensation as it is based on .NET. Another surprise for us were the visitors who asked us about Umbraco and thereby proved that our favourite plant is growing steadily in Germany as well.
© Maik Derstappen
Just because the booth is unbuilt again, the green carpet rolled up again and we are back in our daily lives at the office, does not mean the collaboration with CMS Garden is on hold. The next fair byte5 and CMS Garden will both attend will be World Hosting Days in Rust where we will resume our great cooperation. All there is left to say now, dear fellow gardeners, is: We had a blast!
You can find more information on CMS Garden and its work on its website.