I have a requirement from my wife to build a case management system for her with a bundling capability. Now rather than start from scratch, which is tempting, I would look into what’s available now.
There are legal case management systems around, though far too expensive for a small operation like my wife’s. I did find one that was free (yay!) but development had stopped on it. None the less, no reason I couldn’t have a look and try it out and use it as a template. The LCM from these guys. free for non-profit and NGO’s and recommends using CiviCRM. But having tried CiviCRM I’m not sure that I agree. CiviCRM will need customisation before it can do all of what LCM can do.
Then I started looking at other platforms to build or modify a solution on. I looked at Dot Net Nuke. This is a highly popular solution built on .Net, but after reading through the experiences of application developers it does seem to be difficult to extend. So I have crossed it off my list. Next came Umbraco and mojoPortal. This looks highly promising. Both are light and put almost zero constraints on controls and layouts, which is perfect really. Both are using (or will soon use) the ASP.Net MVC model which is another winner. And both use SQL Server which I am highly skilled.
Another choice will will work on all platforms is Nuxeo DM. This is a enterprise CM tool which runs on Java is highly standards compliant. Full open source and nothing is held back, unlike Alfresco or KnowledgeTree. This is a great product but is perhaps overkill for what she needs.
My conclusion is that it is a race between Umbraco and mojoPortal. And one that I think Umbraco might just win. But the race ain’t over till the fat lady sings. I am terrible the guys at chameeya will be throwing paper balls at me now.