Content Management Systems (CMS) are programs that can store, organize, author, review, and publish content.
While DITA offers many features, it is typically paired with a CMS that allows content managers to easily work on the content without the knowledge of writing code. There are a few different types of Management systems, each with a different angle on content management. An easy way of thinking about CMS’s is associating them with transportation. A sailboat, a luxury cruse ship, and a submarine are all capable of transportation but you wouldn’t use a nuclear powered submarine to cross a river.
Here are a few types of CMS’s and the distinction between them.
Enterprise Management Systems (EMS): Are a formalized way of storing and managing content at a corporation level. This includes strategies, tools, and methodologies within a given organization.
Component Content Management Systems (CCMS): Are structured ways of organizing, storing, and manipulating content components. These systems provide granular level control of the content within documents for topic level management.
Learning Management Systems (LMS): Are focused on the administration, documentation, tracking, training and delivery of educational materials.
Document Management Systems (DMS): A file storage system to collect, access, and mange documents.
Electronic Document and Records Management Systems (EDRMS): Stores, controls, and enforces processes around electronic records such as email, text messages, and other digital information deemed valuable.