It has been a LONG time since I blogged anything related to what I do for a living, but I figure an occational entry on that front is OK, even if most of the people who read this could care less.
I came across an interesting article today on the phases of spending on a content management implementation. It appears to be more geared toward web content management, but also applies to other types, including the presentation manangement sort of thing we do.
Spending patterns during CMS implementation
(James Robinson, CM Briefing)
Beyond the initial go-live, there is still much work to be done. There is typically more content to be migrated, or more sites to be moved into the CMS.(via CMSWatch)
The number of authors is generally also expanded during this phase, particularly when moving to a 'decentralised' authoring model.
More work will also be done on general 'housekeeping', such as rewriting key content, deleting old material, or further restructuring the site.
Workflow rules may also be tested and refined, along with security settings and other CMS configuration details.
Overall, it may take upwards of 12 months to fully complete the content migration, and have the CMS running as 'business as usual'.