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Elcom 8 now has a strong focus on social collaboration

As companies grow the need for great interdepartmental communication becomes even more important. Telephone and email are great tools but do not completely fill that need. The introduction of social intranet solutions is a big step towards a unifying employee communication.

Elcom CMS is stepping in and providing such a solution with their upcoming release. A leading provider of enterprise web content management, Elcom’s release of version 8 will decidedly focus on social intranets. As companies evaluate the purchase of a CMS this feature will no doubt be on the “wish list.” Elcom is very excited about this new release:

Anthony Milner, Elcom’s Product Director, commented “elcomCMS 8 is a major release and is literally bursting with great new features. It has a strong focus on social collaboration, calendaring and team workspaces, so if you’re evaluating Yammer or other similar solutions, we suggest that you down your tools and take a look at what we’ve delivered. We’ve also been working hard on delivering a fresh user interface which is targeted at ensuring the elcomCMS experience will delight our users and help you get the job done quicker.”

Elcom’s General Manager, Ryan Bloch followed on with “It’s an exciting way to start the new financial year. For over 15 years we’ve been working with organizations to deliver outstanding intranets. We can proudly say that this next release will take our intranet offering to the next level. We understand corporate intranets, we understand the best-practices and challenges, we have the experience and now we have great social tools to help organizations shine a light on hidden pockets of talent and bright ideas.”

Elcom 8 has an official release date of Tuesday July 10 2012. CMScritic will covering this release in more detail as it becomes available. For more information visit www.elcomcms.com.

Joomla 2.5.5 released

A new version of the wildly popular open source content management system, Joomla, has been made available. Version 2.5.5 was released today and brings with it the introduction of 11 new features and 2 security fixes for the CMS.

New features:

  • Add ability to copy a template
  • Implementation of Terms of Service
  • Option to disable the ability to change the Username in Profile
  • Set the CSS class for JForm field label
  • Add counter to redirect component
  • Add feature read more in feed items. Also bug fix for full text in feed items.
  • Media form field: show preview
  • Add the ability to limit the number of password resets within a time period
  • Improve user feedback during automatic version update
  • Add buttons in each menu selection tab in the module admin manager.
  • Multi-File Upload
dotCMS 2.0 Raises the Bar in Java-based Web Content Management

dotCMS, an open source, Java-based web content management system, is pleased to announce the release of v2.0.  This latest release continues dotCMS’s pursuit of providing one the most scalable, powerful and easy-to-use web content management platforms in the marketplace today.   No spin or catchy titles, just good, meaningful tools and functionality for both commercial-grade and multi-tenant content driven web applications. 

“dotCMS 2.0 is our response to the on-the-ground, real needs of both business users and developers,” announced Will Ezell, CTO of dotCMS.  “We have exciting plans for the 2 series, which will continue to rapidly improve upon our already robust enterprise content platform”.

Features and Improvements for Business Users:

New Customizable/Extendable Workflow Engine 

The new workflow engine in dotCMS 2.0 allows the creation of multiple, multi-level workflow schemes for content and files.  Workflow actions can trigger customizable sub-actions. For example, posting a value of a content field to a twitter account on publish -or- adding/removing a document/piece of content to a SOLR indexing server.  Additionally, different content types can have completely different workflow schemes -- all manageable through the easy to use dotCMS UI.

Files as Content

Files and Document types can be created in the UI and administrators can be customize fields, properties and relationships on a per file type basis.  The beauty of “Files as Content” is that these files are still URL addressable binary files with all the benefits of being content.  This allows CDN friendly pathing to files and image manipulation with no query strings. Additionally, with HTML 5, we have greatly improved multi-file uploads.

Full-Text Document and Metadata Indexing

In dotCMS 2.0, all metadata and content is extracted from documents and files.  dotCMS makes this information searchable, including full-text indexing of all MSOffice documents.  This allows for robust document management solutions to be created using the out of the box tools in dotCMS platform.

Content Editing UI improvements and Pessimistic Content Check-in / Checkout

Workflows and content locking are integrated into an improved content editing UI.  Now content can be truly locked for editing - only the editing user or CMS Administrators can release the lock.

Key/Value Field Type

Allows a content type to have an unlimited number of values that can be determined when the content is being entered.  For example, this becomes very useful for a specifications page for various electronic products in an ecommerce environment.

 

Features and Improvements for Developers and Administrators:

ElasticSearch for performance and horizontal scalability

dotCMS now includes a hugely scalable content index that auto-replicates and auto shards.  This infrastructure allows for content to be indexed once, available everywhere in clustered installations.  ElasticSearch can also scale independently from your dotCMS installation based on an implementation’s needs.  And to improve management of multiple environments, indices can be backed up using a restful interface and restored across instances/ environments.

Data Model/API Improvements

dotCMS continues to improve under the covers as the data model enforces content rules and maintains data integrity without loss of flexibility.

OSGI Implemented (BETA)

dotCMS 2.0 includes the start of a new architecture for extending and developing in dotCMS by providing an OSGI interface for the hot deployment of custom java functionality.  Currently the OSGI package manager allows administrators to deploy Velocity Viewtools, and workflow Actionlets (Custom Workflow Actions) and other OSGI packages via OSGI, without needing a server restart.

Spring 3 MVC Support 

Spring MVC remains one of the most used Java web application frameworks and now, dotCMS 2.0 ships with a Spring 3 View and View Resolver. This allows that developers looking to implement controller logic in their CMS or content driven apps can use Spring MVC to implement their functionality in dotCMS.

Logging Improvements

Never to underestimate the importance of seemingly small improvements -- the new Velocity Logging feature gives site developers a stack-trace that greatly speeds the debugging of hard to find velocity errors.

About dotCMS 

dotCMS offers an enterprise-level, open source J2EE/Java web content management system -- providing large  organizations a rapid development platform for both commercial-grade and multi-tenant content driven web applications. 

dotCMS, out of the box, meets a majority of today’s user expectations. Also, since dotCMS is Java based and standards driven, it makes enterprise customizations and integrations simple for web development teams to implement. 

Founded in 2003, dotCMS is a privately owned US company based in Miami, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts.  With a global network of certified development partners and an active open source community, dotCMS has generated more than a half-million downloads and thousands of implementations and integration projects worldwide. 

Notable dotCMS customers include: Standard & Poors, The Bank of Italy, Hospital Corporation of America, Aon, Panasonic Corporation, Ask.com, Constant Contact, Thomson Reuters, Toyota, Honda, Novartis, Sygma, iSelect, Meridian, The National Archives of Quebec, State of Ohio, University of Texas and Colorado State University.


EndPlay Launches Next Generation Content Management

  EndPlay, Inc., a leading provider of SaaS solutions, announced the release of its next generation cloud-based Content Management, Engagement and Monetization Platform. The new end-to-end platform is both powerful and scalable, enabling multichannel content delivery and rich media management, which allows companies to engage consumers and drive real revenue across a growing ecosystem of screens and devices.

The latest release of the EndPlay Platform pioneers a new space of content creation and management. Its intuitive interface provides users with a more efficient publishing process, empowering users to create and publish rich media content from nearly any connection–be it the Web, mobile or connected devices, including native support for iOS and Android. The Platform supports dynamic organizational structures and complex business processes with complete configuration, an intuitive user interface, roles management, full visibility into social activities, and real-time collaboration across multiple users or locales.

“Today’s legacy systems struggle to deliver and optimize content to tablets and smart devices in a functional format that the audience expects,” said Dr. Christos M. Cotsakos, Founding Chairman, CEO and President of EndPlay. “When companies fail to meet these expectations, their audiences disengage and go elsewhere. The latest release of the EndPlay Platform addresses these and other key issues, and sets a new business standard by helping companies create and manage content to maintain, grow and monetize their relationship with their audiences across any channel.”

Key features of the next generation EndPlay Platform include:

  • Dynamic access and control of the site’s look and feel, layouts and content through a client-side Software Development Kit (SDK)
  • Mobile publishing application, which lets users create and publish rich media content from any connected iOS or Android device
  • A fully integrated video system built natively into the Platform, with full clip creation capabilities, as well as support for live video streaming to any connected device (available as an add-on or through one of EndPlay’s packaged solutions)
  • Customizable dashboards with insights to analytics, activity feeds and content management modules to control specific business needs and increase efficiency and user engagement

"We continue to rely on the EndPlay Platform to power our digital media strategy across Web and mobile channels, letting users access our content wherever and whenever they want to," said Robb Richter, Senior Vice President, New Media for LIN Media, an EndPlay client since 2008. “We are excited about leveraging EndPlay's new product release to help us further increase efficiency and audience engagement.”

EndPlay is releasing a three-tiered product strategy designed to support the needs of companies of any size.  EndPlay Plus™, the initial tier of the next generation EndPlay Platform, is available today, with the EndPlay Pro™ and EndPlay Enterprise™ tiers becoming available later this year. Unique to the content management space, EndPlay’s three-tiered product strategy is designed to support the needs of companies at all stages of growth, whether a single blogger, an online retailer, or a global consumer package goods (CPG) or media company.

As part of its new Platform offering, EndPlay is also making available packaged solutions for industry verticals:

  • The EndPlay Media Suite™ features individual packages for Broadcasters, Online Publishers, and Media Conglomerates
  • The EndPlay Commerce Suite™ includes solutions that address the needs of CPG Brands and Retailers 
  • Packages were built to cater to the demands of each business segment, with targeted features that help propel their content strategy and achieve their business goals

The next generation EndPlay Platform is further customizable through extended add-ons, currently available for video live streaming and live capture, custom search, analytics and ad server integration, international commerce, and online transaction support, among other options.

About EndPlay

EndPlay is a leading provider of SaaS Content Management, Engagement and Monetization solutions delivered in the cloud. Powered by its unique 'Intelligent Rendering' technology, EndPlay's end-to-end Platform provides a streamlined user experience that empowers clients to seamlessly produce, manage and instantly deliver content optimized for virtually any device. The company's extensible architecture and integrated partners ensure EndPlay clients can expand, engage, monetize and leverage their content management solution against the complexities facing all brands in the era of Big Data and Quantum Content.

Enterprise clients in media, entertainment and consumer packaged goods (CPG) and retail verticals have turned to EndPlay's experienced Client Services team to support collaboration, implementation and optimization of their EndPlay solutions. EndPlay’s commitment to innovation and customer-centric approach enable clients to stay ahead of their competition, increase audience engagement, and future-proof their digital business investment.

EndPlay is headquartered in Los Angeles, with a regional office in Palm Beach Gardens, and is currently establishing regional offices in Boston, Dallas, San Francisco and Seattle. For more information, visit www.endplay.com.

Magnolia CMS 4.5 comes with the largest upgrade to date

Magnolia CMS 4.5 has been released and this is their largest upgrade to date. What does this new version bring with it? A host of new features including:

  • Instant mobile websites and mobile content previews
  • New content targeting framework with multichannel publishing
  • Openness and industry-leading standards support – CMIS interoperability with MS Sharepoint, Alfresco, Photoshop, SAP, Oracle and others
  • Improved ‘front-end editing’
  • Reduced development times – simplified, more efficient templating, HTML5 support
  • Updates to the Magnolia Blossom# Spring Framework

This release is focused on delivering an open platform for enterprises to deliver an evolving virtual presence. New functionality includes instant mobile websites and multichannel content targeting, along with increased standards support, interoperability and new features to enhance user-friendliness.

Magnolia CMS 4.5 provides an open, flexible and standards-based platform from which users can present limitless channels. These channels deliver content that is optimised to specific target groups, locations, devices or any imaginable segmentation of website visitors. As such, multichannel publishing provides enterprises with an agile virtual presence, which enables them to be the first to capture new audiences on the web.

The system categorises web visitors, for example by device or location and directs them to the relevant content channel. Magnolia provides device detection functionality out-of-the-box. Developers can create their own detection functionality for channels based on location, language or any custom attributes.

New update available for Joomla!

A new update to the popular open source CMS, Joomla, is now available. Version 2.5.3 is now available for upgrade and brings with it two new security fixes, namely:

  • High Priority – Core – Privilege Escalation
  • High Priority – Core – Password Change

The update process is very simple, and complete instructions are available here. Note that there are now easier and better ways of updating than FTPing the files.

Joomla 2.5.2 Released

A new release of Joomla has been made available. Version 2.5.2 addresses two security concerns, namely an XSS vulnerability and an SQL injection issue. Users are recommended to upgrade immediately to the new release. The update process is very simple, and complete instructions are available on their website. Note that there are now easier and better ways of updating than FTPing the files. For those unaware, there is an online demo available and you can download this latest release from the Joomla website.

EPiServer fully purchased Mediachase

Sometimes, a partnership is just meant to be. Building on many successful integrations since 2009, EPiServer acquires Mediachase and makes Mediachase's eCommerce engine a permanent component of the EPiServer Commerce solution.

Mediachase is an eCommerce and collaboration software shop that offers an eCommerce Framework (ECF). This framework was originally made available as part of the EPiServer Commerce solution in late 2009.

Mediachase's ECF offering is built on ASP.Net, which matches well with the existing architecture of EPiServer Commerce.

As EPiServer continues to push more into mobile and personal customer experiences, the desire for cross-channel sales fulfillment has grown as well.

Now that Mediachase and EPiServer are combined, EPiServer customers and partners can expect access to software products and services that enable eCommerce and digital marketing solutions for any size organization.

For EPiServer specifically, the acquisition expands the company's coverage in the U.S. market to include 150 new clients along with Mediachase's product portfolio.

Martin Henricson, CEO of EPiServer, had this to say about the acquisition: "This acquisition builds on a great technology partnership and puts us [EPiServer] in position to deliver greater value to our customers and partners who are capitalizing on the exploding eCommerce market."

Alfresco-Jive linking offers socialized enterprise content management

In March last year, Alfresco and Jive announced they were getting together to bring content management and social business software together. Today, they have announced the release of Jive Connector for Alfresco that enables cross-platform publishing between the two.

With the recent release of Alfresco v4 that offers social, collaborative, mobile, cloud-connected content management, the new Jive Connector means that users of Alfresco Standard and Enterprise editions will be able to create documents in Alfresco and publish them in Jive.

Jive users will also be able to publish in Alfresco, which means any social content that goes through either system can be integrated, enabling it to be shared across the two systems. In sum, what it does is to socialize all content.

  • Cross-platform publishing: Users can create content in both Alfresco and Jive and publish those documents to both platforms; when in Jive, users can bring documentation into Alfresco and work using whatever platform they choose
  • Common Database: Uses LDAP to use the common user store database
  • CMIS Interface: Uses the CMIS interface to provide a standard enterprise content management API supported by Alfresco as the primary interface of the integration
DrupalCon Denver

Thousands of people will flock to Denver, Colorado on March 19th for a week of learning and networking with Drupal community members.

DrupalCon is the official conference of the Drupal community and draws an international audience. If you are not familiar with Drupal, it’s an open source content management platform that powers millions of websites—including opensource.com and whitehouse.gov.

Almost all the keynote speakers have ties to open source. Dries Buytaert, creator and project lead of Drupal and co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, kicks things off. In previous years, he’s given a state of Drupal-style address.

On day two, Mitchell Baker, Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation, speaks. Baker frequently talks about the power of the participatory, open source model. The Drupal community is no stranger to this type of collaboration. Baker will also highlight Mozilla’s commitment to an open, innovative web and the infinite possibilities that presents.

DrupalCon goes beyond learning about the latest technology and its application to coding, development and site-building. Because the community has grown so rapidly, the conference has to appeal to more than just admins and developers. There is more emphasis on design and user experience, business strategy and the Drupal community. This year, there is a big focus on mobile platforms.

We took a look at the open source agenda for DrupalCon Denver. As you’ll see, open source has a significant impact at this years DrupalCon.

Some of the talks that should be on our must-see list there:

Drupal and Open Government

  • We the People & WhiteHouse.gov: Citizen Engagement Powered by Drupal by Tom Cochran, Director, New Media Technologies at The White House
  • The Story of Energy.gov: The Ins and Outs of Turning Energy-dot-Blah into Energy-dot-Awesome by Cammie Croft, Senior Advisor, Director of New Media and Citizen Engagement at U.S. Department of Energy
  • How Drupal is Transforming Government: 7 Case Studies by Jeff Walpole, CEO of Phase2 Technology

Drupal and the Community

  • The Drupal Community: Where Are We Going and How to Get Involved? By Angie Byron (Webchick), Drupal 7 co-maintainer
  • Open Source 2.0: The Science of Community Management by David Eaves
  • Community Management is the New Customer Service: Creating Community Happiness Using All Those Lessons You Learned During Your First Summer Job by Amye Scavarda, Client Advisor at Acquia and Leslie Hawthorn, Community Manager at Appfrog

Drupal and Open Source Solutions

  • Lessons Learned: Open Source Contributions - A Case Study of Workbench by Colleen Carroll, Director of People & Process at Palantir.net and Robin Barre, Senior Engineer and Team Lead at Palantir.net
  • Drupal Distribution Case Studies: Leveraging Open Source Solutions panel discussion with Marc O'Brien - VP Distro & Solutions, Acquia, Michael Shaver - Intel Open Technology Center, and Ezra Gildesgame - Technical Lead, Acquia Distribution team
  • Competing with Giants - How to Win with Drupal vs Proprietary Alternatives by Bryan House, Vice President, Marketing at Acquia
  • EFF + Drupal + CiviCRM = Great by Elly Jonez, Director, Non-profit Projects at Chapter Three and Micah Lee, Web Developer at EFF's