Plone is a Python-based Open Source CMS that lets users create and maintain a public website or an application only using a web browser. Plone is backed by the Plone community that extends throughout many countries, and is translated into more than 40 languages. It has the best security track record compared to any other major CMS (source: http://cve.mitre.org/).
There are many Open Source frameworks and systems available on the market, and through years of experience our preferred programming tools became Plone CMS and other systems based on the Python programming language, such as Pyramid and Kotti.
Pyramid is a light and general highly customisable framework based on the Python programming language.
Kotti is a higher-level framework, built on top of very reliable components, most notably Pyramid and SQLAlchemy. It includes an extensible Content Management System called the Kotti CMS.
Python is a powerful programming language with efficient data structures and approaches to object-oriented programming. The syntax and dynamic typing make it an ideal tool for easy and quick scripting and application development in many fields and platforms.
The software required by your institution is often provided by the commercial industry as expensive, non flexible and inefficient. Open Source software can greatly benefit your organization by decreasing expenses while delivering flexible and easy to customize, competitive platform.