tedster - 10:49 pm on Dec 6, 2010 (gmt 0)
Are there really that many differences when dealing with 1,000 documents or 1,000,000,000?
Maybe not in theory - if you assume that somewhere someone in an enterprise starts out by saying "we've got these 3.87 million documents to organize and publish on our website. However, mega sites don't often launch knowing what the total will be, or even what the Information Architecture needs to be to support future needs.
Many times there are hundreds or thousands of stakeholders in "the website" and their particular needs can be all over the map. They may not even use the same CMS and no one is going to GET them to use a unified CMS very easily, because that project will have at least a 7 or 8 figure price tag. The business systems are so large and complex that unforeseen consequences are dripping from every decision or proposal.
And then there's training and employee churn - many times a web team finally gets up to speed only to be dismantled by personnel changes. This is another area where management can severely undervalue the potency of a web presence. It just seems too intangible a lot of the time.
So in a way you're right that the final goals are not so different. But the steps to get to those goals are quite challenging for the enterprise, whereas the entrepreneur or smaller team can just sit down and work out the changes over a couple of weeks or months.