I started playing with DokuWiki for the first time today. I’ve been looking at other Wiki-based systems before, but I’ve never really looked, if you know what I mean.
The reason I’m taking a look at DokuWiki is because I want to get some sort of global documentation database set-up for a customer where I’m currently camped out. I wanted to do it without the use of a standard intraNet or similar.
One could argue that a Wiki is not the best way to handle corporate documentation, due to its design and odd “mark-up”. On the other hand, I’d argue that one of Wiki’s strengths is just that. It’s extremely flexible and very lightweight (or can be, I suppose you could bloat anything).
Considering that “real” (whatever that means) document management systems usually have some heavyweight costs associated with them, I’d say DocuWiki and the likes have something going for them. The only question is how to get the powers that be to realize that good things don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
Information wants to be free