"Count what is countable. Measure what is measureable. What is not measureable, make measureable." -- Galileo

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Plone at my Day Job

Way back in November of 2007, I published a graph of the growth of our Plone projects at my day job.  Michael Bernstein asked me to update that graph a couple months ago.  Here it is almost May and I'm finally getting around to it.

The blue points show the total number of sites constructed over time based on the date of creation.  The yellow points represent the net number of active sites (totals sites minus ones no longer in use).  You can see that about 60% of our sites are active at any one time but that we've had very steady growth in the past 5-6 years.

Even though things are flattening out a bit, we find our current projects are much larger and have more sophisticated requirements.  Also, we've been migrating old 2.5 sites up to 3.x this past 6 months and that's kept us busy.  On top of that, we're finally getting some internal customers to think more broadly about site reuse.

For example, the site for our UNSCR 1540 training grows with each new workshop in the program.  A couple years ago each workshop would have had a separate, short-lived website.  Now one large portal serves to connect students who participate in different workshops and has a life beyond a single conference.  New students have access to previous workshop material and, like any good Web 2.0 phenomenon, the 1540 portal gains value exponentially as the user base grows. 

Google Analytics (below) shows that the 1540 portal has garnered a widespread audience.  Unfortunately, things haven't picked up in Africa, which is disappointing given that the last workshop was in Nairobi back in February. Even so, we've got a sizable piece of the world covered and that's a good thing.