Since moving to WP we have come to understand that it is indeed much more than a blogging tool. The primary reason for this is due to the architecture of the system and the openness of the implementation.
There is a growing divide between very easy to use tools which are generally free and the more complex tools and services which tend to be expensive. The problem with the very simple free tools is that they break down soon after one begins to get serious about anything. What we mean when we say divide is that once you decide the simple solution is not acceptable the available options have steep curves in cost and/or effort.
Beyond the superior blogging capabilities in WP there is an active development community building not just themes but additional functions and features that can be added easily via a plug-in manager. Before this one had to be willing to write code to customize functions.
As the open source tools and platforms like WP continue to evolve it’s hard to continue to think about “investing” in tools from Adobe and Microsoft given the cost not so much in dollars (although the ADBE stuff is very expensive) but in the learning curve. Maybe it’s just me but I can actually learn a new scripting language and write something myself faster than figure out how to use InDesign or Illustrator. Even after two decades of rust on my technical machinery.
So as we build out for 2007 we are increasingly leaning towards a fuller open source solution and the real potential of not using any MSFT or ADBE products. There are still reasons we may never be totally free of MSFT products, especially since part of our business is in serving the institutional investment community and we have advisory clients that sit on Microsoft infrastructure. However we are likely to be able to run our core business and all production in a cruft-free software enviroment of our own design and construction!