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Industry Support in WCM
If you're looking for web content management systems (WCM), I have some stats that might help you key into the features you'd expect to come standard.Here

hierarchy chart  WCM systems on a hierarchy of functionality within the following categories. The functionality within those categories compose a percentage of the functionality for the entire WCM model. Category % of Model Content authoring covers creating content through a content editor, the import of content, aggregation of items, and the capability to deploy and present the content. 32 Content acquisition for gathering content through import or metadata 10 Content aggregation the process of bringing different

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