Michelin powered by Apostrophe
France-based Michelin, the largest tire manufacturer in the world, started their search in 2013 for a better content management system to help them reduce the time from website idea to launch.
With an 8-figure investment into a CMS strategy that ultimately could not handle the demands of Michelin, their project was aborted in search of a better, more robust open source CMS.
With less capital available and a desire for as little financial risk as possible, Michelin needed to find a robust CMS that could handle their needs to manage upwards of 200 websites in dozens of languages.
Michelin’s developers found and started building a few sites with the ApostropheCMS open-source GitHub repo.
Michelin needed a comprehensive CMS that would handle hundreds of sites, while being easy to manage and maintain
On the Rebound
After a failed deployment costing 8-figures, they turned to ApostropheCMS.
Around the World
Within two years, Michelin deployed over 200 sites on ApostropheCMS with no end in sight.
Michelin desired a high capacity CMS to manage upward of 200 websites with as little financial risk as possible.
The openness of the ApostropheCMS technology made it easy for developers to spin up a small side-project or corporate site from the same codebase, allowing for ease in development.
Built on Node.js
Tooling Michelin loves
MongoDB, npm, Express, among others.
Powerful localization tools
Michelin is using the ApostropheCMS Workflow module to localize dozens of languages across over 50 country websites from each single instance, and multiple instances to power different web projects.
Two months after developing on ApostropheCMS’s free, open source codebase, Michelin contacted the ApostropheCMS team to have a second set of eyes review their websites before they went live. A relationship blossomed and Michelin contracted the ApostropheCMS team for Enterprise-level support.
Since Quarter 4 2017, Michelin has deployed over 200 websites with Apostrophe with plans to launch close to 250 by the end of 2020. The sites spane across 57 countries, 32 languages, 8 brands, and 9 business lines.
Etienne and his colleagues have continued confidence in building on ApostropheCMS for a few reasons:
- ApostropheCMS is not a young product; it’s been around since 2008. Michelin has watched ApostropheCMS’s team rewrite code to work faster, constantly improving the core functionality.
- The relationship Michelin has with the ApostropheCMS team is built on trust and hard work. The founders of ApostropheCMS traveled to Lyon, France to visit with Michelin and provide weekly support via a standing video conference call for over 4 years.
- ApostropheCMS is designed to evolve. With more than 175 releases since launch, the content management system is constantly improving speed, features and functionality.
ApostropheCMS gives you the factory to build the website and a partner to support you in running them.
Michelin continues to contract with ApostropheCMS for Enterprise-level support and custom development.
Etienne had this to say about ApostropheCMS:
Finally, we enjoy a strong support from the ApostropheCMS core team and feel a willingness to scale up with respects to both open source vision and Enterprise-class ambitions.