Technology: Too Much of a Good Thing?

By Bill Zoelle, Chief Creative Officer

Published: October 31, 2017

Is technology too much of a good thing? When searching for your perfect content management system (CMS), or any other online system that claims to make your life easier, some things are not always what they seem.

Dumb Smart Homes

A CMS is a software application that is used to create and manage digital content. A CMS that claims to do it all can actually be more problematic than helpful because they provide more functions than necessary. A real-life example of this is a smart home. Picture a smart home that features motion-activated lights. In many cases if someone is entering their home in the dark and they want to activate the light in the hallway, this problem is addressed using a cheap motion-sensing light switch. The added expense, unconventional interface (which could be problematic for guests) and vulnerability to remote activation make the smarter solution kind of dumb. Smart homes are big integrated systems that receive commands by voice, remote control, tablet or smartphone, and the home reacts to these. Everything in a smart home is connected.

The Problem With Practicality

While buying integrated systems seems practical, this technology can lead to network security issues. If someone signs into your home system or a robust CMS, they have access to everything — probably not what you want. The more connected you are, the greater the risk. That is why it’s better to buy the technology that fits your needs separately, instead of buying an integrated system that claims to do everything.

The Right Choice

When purchasing a CMS, assess your needs first and then buy. If you are looking to buy a CMS, a super robust system is not always necessary. Perhaps only a few people will use it or your team will be the only ones using it. With the added security risks, specialized technology is the way to go.

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