Posts tagged "nuxeo"

Alert: What's Coming for Open Source CMS in February 2011


The folks at dotCMS (news, site) plan to release version 1.9.2 in February, marking the second major release in the 1.9 series. New features include:

  • Inline editing
  • A host dashboard, displaying site trends and usage statistics for site owners and marketers
  • An activity stream reporter, showing users' usage and activity
  • Cache tags for web developers to statically cache arbitrary blocks of templates, containers, pages or content code for increased performance
  • A new auto-updater for system upgrades
  • An Italian language translation

In addition to these new features, one of the more extensive additions revolves around image editing. Content creators get the ability to edit images within dotCMS, with options such as resizing, cropping, rotating, adjusting hue, saturation, brightness and colors, and saving out different image types. Content editors get a clipboard where they can create edited versions of images (called renditions), select which one they want to use and then paste it into content.

Some existing features also got improvements in addition to the various bug fixes and performance improvements:

  • All images and icons from the backend are now rendered as sprites, using just 2 images, to improve performance
  • Recurring events are now stored individually in the system so a particular instance can be edited separately
  • The ability to import content with the content identifier as the primary key


In January, DotNetNuke Corp. (news, site) introduced support for two new Microsoft (news, site) products: WebMatrix and Razor. WebMatrix integration offers a development environment suitable for those with little technical experience building DotNetNuke sites, and Razor integration makes it easier for technical users to to build DotNetNuke extensions.

DotNetNuke was also selected as part of Microsoft's Technology Adoption Program (TAP) for Windows Azure, and provided training materials for the Microsoft Web Camps program. Finally, the company named Bob Cortale as the Senior Vice President of Sales. Cortale will be responsible for building, developing and managing their global sales force and product support organization.


In January, the Drupal (news, site) project finished this little release called Drupal 7. If you want some insight on where Drupal's headed next, check out project founder and leader Dries Buytaert's blog.

Drupal company Acquia (news, site) added file system reliability and performance enhancements to their Acquia Hosting product, and support for custom Varnish page caching configurations for those using dedicated load balancers. They also made a number of additions to Drupal Gardens (news, site), including:

  • Basic right to left support for their themes, for those using languages such as Hebrew and Arabic
  • The ability to bulk delete gallery items
  • Enhancements to Drupal 7's editor usability
  • Performance enhancements to the ThemeBuilder

Acquia also released Drupal Commons 1.3 beta. New items for this released include:

  • User badges as community participation rewards, with various ranks and icons
  • Usability improvements, decluttering some pages and increasing customizability of others
  • New default graphics
  • Breaking the commons apart further to allow more granular feature customization
  • Improved multilingual support for global organizations

With this release, the Drupal Commons project transitioned to GitHub, allowing other developers to have access to the repository for both grabbing the code and submitting enhancements. GA release of Drupal Commons is expected within February.


In January, Ephesoft (news, site) announced that Zia Consulting became the first system integrator to deploy Ephesoft's Intelligent Document Capture System to the Amazon cloud. The company also opened its EU headquarters in Maidenhead, UK, to work with its European partners.

The month also brought new features such as out of the box reporting for Windows-based platforms through Ephesoft's thin client, which is built on Google (news, site) Web Tools. Reports give insight into operator productivity and the system throughout, and partners can extend the reporting module using other reporting tools.

In February, Ephesoft continues working on a Linux version of their Intelligent Document Capture System, which will include another open source project, Tesseract v3.0 for its OCR engine. They anticipate that it will be available within the next two months.

Hippo CMS

In January, the folks at Hippo CMS (news, site) released Hippo CMS 7.5. This version brings new features such as:

  • A Template Composer that lets the end user change the page template layout within the site
  • Support for multiple translations of documents and folders
  • Support for Jackrabbit 2.1
  • An HST REST engine
  • An HST JAAS Login Module and Form-based Login Servlet support
  • Cross-domain and channel-aware linking, even across hosts
  • Multi-domain, multi-site, and multi-channel HST configuration
  • Support for Freemarker templates
  • Locale support per (sub)site

Thanks to partner Finalist, Hippo CMS now integrates with Liferay (news, site), donating the integration code to the Hippo open source community. Hippo has also announced a partnership with Smile, a major French integrator of open source solutions.


In January, the Joomla! (news, site) project released Joomla 1.6. New features include:

  • Advanced Access Control Lists
  • Nested categories
  • Template styles
  • Administrator UI improvements
  • New multi-language support
  • SEO improvements
  • Built-in 301 redirect system
  • Improved framework

There's a migration guide for those who have concerns about upgrading. This release was considered part of the Microsoft CodeMash, and the project held JoomlaDay Chile 2011 with nearly 500 attendees.

In February, the focus turns toward updating Joomla extensions and templates, and the Joomla core team is preparing for the next release, codenamed Bowerbird. In the meantime, the Joomla 1.6 release parties continue until February 7. There's a Joomla! Night coming on February 4 in Stockholm, Sweden, featuring the theme "Joomla: At the edge of innovation." The next day is a Nooku code jam, where Nooku is Joomla's development framework. Finally, there's a Joomla!Day coming in the Netherlands on April 2 - 3.

Nuxeo Introduces New Cloud Edition of Digital Asset Management Application

Nuxeo, the Open Source Enterprise Content Management (ECM) company, today announced an update to its Nuxeo Digital Asset Management product with the release of Nuxeo DAM 1.1, as well launching the hosted version, Nuxeo DAM – Cloud Edition. This new release of Nuxeo DAM incorporates feature enhancements driven directly by early adopter customers and the Nuxeo developer community.

Nuxeo DAM – Cloud Edition runs on the Nuxeo secure cloud services infrastructure, backed by the resilient and high-performing Amazon web services. Nuxeo DAM – Cloud Edition offers a media management solution ideally suited to small to medium-sized organizations with fixed budgets and limited IT infrastructure and resources. It is also ideal for businesses that need to collaborate with geographically dispersed customers, helping marketers and brand managers quickly catalog, process, store, retrieve and distribute rich media.

“Nuxeo DAM – Cloud Edition brings feature-rich and sophisticated digital asset management to businesses who don’t have the time or IT resources to invest in an expensive legacy DAM product. It provides a subscription solution to handle all types of digital content,” said CEO Eric Barroca. “It eliminates heavy investments in IT or hardware, while still providing all the ingestion, categorization, management and collaboration tools that today’s businesses and marketing departments require to protect their media content investment. Nuxeo DAM – Cloud Edition is one of the ways that a new or growing business can use technology to help level the playing field and compete cost-effectively in the digital economy”.

Also launched today is Nuxeo DAM 1.1. The newest release of Nuxeo DAM includes feature enhancements driven by the feedback and requirements of early adopter clients: video enhancements, batch upload improvements and repository level integration with Nuxeo DM.

Video enhancements include automatic generation of thumbnails that segment the content of a video file as part of the import process. These video chapters can be viewed individually, making it easier to locate scenes and find video segments to share among teams. Brand managers, digital archivists, research/intelligence analysts and content application builders will also find new video streaming provides a productivity boost. The application gives instant viewing access to a video by beginning to play before the file is completely downloaded.

New bulk import and editing functionality are additional time-savers for power-users. Nuxeo DAM can now import a larger number of files, with IPTC and EXIF metadata extraction and bulk tagging to speed up capture of digital assets. To ease large-scale media file processing, Nuxeo DAM also allows users to edit file descriptions, define metadata and adjust settings to a selection of multiple assets, putting more capabilities into the hands of content creators and consumers.

“These new features are being driven by our early adopter customers such as a global operator in the financial markets and cutting-edge medical research organizations,” said Barroca.

For seamless integration with other content applications, Nuxeo DAM and Nuxeo’s Document Management applications can also share the same underlying content repository. Nuxeo’s applications are built on the open source, Java-based Nuxeo Enterprise Platform, so that Nuxeo DAM can now easily be connected to a Nuxeo Document Management application or other Nuxeo EP-based application. Documents and files managed in a Nuxeo DM repository can be accessed from Nuxeo DAM without switching applications – or vice versa – providing a more unified user experience and smoother workflow. Fully assured and supported by the Nuxeo Connect comprehensive subscription offering, Nuxeo DAM builds on the deep content application expertise gathered from repeated customer successes.

About Nuxeo

Nuxeo provides a modular, extensible open source ECM platform for managing information. A pioneer in the open source ECM market, Nuxeo is used by hundreds of customers worldwide, including The Press Association, Agence France-Presse (AFP), EllisDon and Cengage. Companies of all sizes across all industries, including media, government, transportation, education and energy sectors, use the Nuxeo Enterprise Content Management offerings to meet their specific vertical and horizontal content application needs. Support, training and professional consulting services are available to customers and partners worldwide. Headquartered in Paris, the company has global offices in North America (Boston), Western Europe (Paris, Madrid and Rome), Eastern Europe (Moscow) and the Middle East (Dubai). More information is available at

Interview with Nuxeo CMO, Cheryl McKinnon

CC: First off, let me thank you for taking time out of your no doubt busy day to speak with me today, I appreciate the opportunity.

CM: It's my pleasure. Thanks for the offer.

CC: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be with Nuxeo?

CM: Yes. I started with Nuxeo in Sept 2009 as their first Chief Marketing Officer. Nuxeo embarked on an aggressive North American expansion program for 2009, and building an experienced sales and marketing team was part of that plan. I've spent most of my 16+ yr career in one aspect of ECM or another. I started doing consulting and technical training, then moved into more product management and marketing roles.

I've been with leading ECM companies such as Open Text, Hummingbird and PC DOCS. The last role I had at Open Text before joining Nuxeo was Director for their Enterprise 2.0 team. But my academic background is not in technology or computer sciences, I came to the world of content management through graduate work in history, so I've always been fascinated by aspects of information capture and long term preservation of digital content.

CC: Interesting, you said you came from OpenText to Nuxeo. OpenText has, over the last couple of years been doing some fairly aggressive acquisitions. What made you choose to leave for Nuxeo?

CM: I really am an avid trend watcher in the ECM space... and always made the choice to be with a vendor that I thought was pushing the envelope in shaping the next generation of ECM. The signals around me were lining up to show that we were (and are) on the brink of some interesting changes in this market.

Having lived the world of Enterprise 2.0 for 2 years, realized that the concepts of openness, transparency, community were not just buzzwords. When I started investigating open source ECM companies it struck me that companies like Nuxeo were not just talking about these concepts - but had been running their business with these principles for years. It seemed like the utterly logical next step in my career.

We are also seeing disruption from other new models - Sharepoint continues to grow in adoption, and the new 2010 release will push this momentum even further. The rise of interoperability standards, open source, Cloud and SaaS are all putting pressure on the leading vendors of the 1990s that are struggling to move architectures and business models forward.

CC: I would agree, it seems like a bit of a shift in the industry to a more open environment then it used to be.

CM: Open is important - but it's open source as well as open standards. CMIS is a really key innovation.

CC: Compared to open source competitors such as Alfresco, how do you feel Nuxeo differentiates itself? I know this has been asked a thousand times I'm sure but it bears repeating.

CM: Sure... Alfresco is certainly the most well-known open source ECM brand out there, so we're glad that much of the tough work on educating business buyers about the benefits of open source has been done. We differ in a few ways: 1) technology stack 2) business model 3) target markets.

1) Technology stack - we've architected our underlying ECM platform - what we call Nuxeo Enterprise Platform (Nuxeo EP for short) in a way that we think is technically superior to most other vendors out there. It's intended to be highly extensible, configurable, plug in friendly, and is proven to scale at rates Alfresco often cannot.

2) Our business model is intended to be clear and understandable by the end user or partner. We do not have a separate 'free community" edition of the code vs. a paid for 'enterprise edition' that customers need to purchase in order to get support. We have 1 downloadable offering (under LGPL license agreement) that is platform - so what the customer prototypes and pilots is exactly what we'll engage with them on a support contract. No unpleasant surprises or unplanned budget items down the road.

3) Our target markets are generally large enterprises or governments who have unique content management challenges that need a platform that can be extended and tailored for their needs. We don't try to chase the Sharepoint alternative message - offering basic content management is something we can do, but not where the power of our platform shines. We'd be much happier working to fill the gaps where Sharepoint doesn't have a strong fit instead of trying to go head to head with a de facto office standard.

But we also have Cloud editions of our DM offering for small or medium businesses who don't have the IT infrastructure to support an ECM deployment - we can get them up and running very quickly priced at simple monthly or yearly subscription rates.

CC: Do you find Nuxeo products tend to be used more in one type of market then another? By market, I am referring more to sector such as retail, manufacturing, warehousing, etc.

CM: Our top industry sectors are : government, high-tech engineering, education and aeronautics/aerospace. Generally we do well in organizations that perceive themselves to be innovators or leaders in their own industry segment - they've realized the value of using technology for competitive edge in this information economy.

CC: Who are your most high profile customers (that you can share with us)?

CM: Larger companies often have development teams and architects that know their business and technical requirements. These kind of organizations are becoming impatient with software vendors who have fewer resources than they do, don't know their business needs, and take too long to deliver fixes or new features. Some of the high profile customers using Nuxeo for ECM include: EllisDon ($3B construction management company in Canada), Cengage Learning (large K-12 online learning/encyclopedias), the French Press Association, French Ministry of Education, and numerous public sector agencies in Europe. Also, BBC.

CC: How is Nuxeo aligning itself with mobile application functionality? Is there any such existing integration functionality already in place?

CM: Yes, mobility has been a really hot area for us lately. Some of the beauty of being open source is that we're seeing creative applications and clients built for our platform all of the time. The new CMIS initiative is also inspiring developers to build out CMIS clients that work with any cmis-compatible ECM repository (including Nuxeo).

Toolkits for Android were published just in the last couple of weeks, and we have Nuxeo specific clients for iphone, windows mobile. We're also seeing some really interesting new partners come on board specifically looking to build document centric applications on iphones - but needing a repository for secure content storage at the back end. So 2 streams of innovation - interesting clients accessing Nuxeo stored content, but also using our enterprise platform to build brand new content applications with a mobile user interface.

CC: You recently announced some new integration possibilities with Lotus Notes. Can you expand on that for us?

CM: Sure. We worked with our Nuxeo Galaxy Partner metaLogic on this integration and migration toolkit. metaLogic has been a partner since 2009, and bring 2 decades of Lotus Notes and Domino Doc expertise.

With many Domino Doc customers trying to decide what to do with their legacy investment now that IBM is end-of-lifing it, metaLogic found a great way to help refresh their content management infrastructure by introducing Nuxeo as their next generation platform.

So this toolkit bring migration and integration support to help in a few ways - from simple Lotus Notes email filing and capture in Nuxeo DM repository, to more complex migrations of content and metadata when the customer choose to move entirely. They have early adopter clients that are seeing success on this movement today, and we're thrilled we could co-launch the solution for a global audience.

CC: What other integration options are available for Nuxeo that people may not be aware of.

CM: We work with a range of proprietary and open source vendors to help our customers round out their content management needs. Examples include scanning/capture and OCR with products such as ReadSoft. CMIS has opened up some amazing doors to integration even as it was in late draft stage. We have integrations with WCM tools such as EZPublish and Drupal, portal apps such as LifeRay, BPM tools such as Bonitasoft and Intalio.

CC: What can you tell us about Nuxeo Studio?

CM: Nuxeo Studio is one of our gems. We launched it in early 2010 and it has already started driving new opportunities and revenue for us.

Nuxeo Studio is a hosted design environment that helps our subscription customers and partners significantly fast track their application customization and configuration activities. Rather than needing developers to code changes specific to a site deployment, Nuxeo Studio lets business users with a technical background build new content types, lifecycles, content automation streams, even re-brand the look and feel of the application with simple drag and drop/wizard tools.

A business analyst or information architect who understands business logic, metadata, etc can build out new applications in hours instead of days or weeks. At the end of the design session, the customizations can be simply exported into a .jar file, and when dropped into their Nuxeo repository, they immediately can see the plug-in take effect and can get their users to work.

CC: With this suite of applications, Studio, EP, DM.. what is the next innovation we can expect to see from Nuxeo?

CM: We have a few cool things on the 2010 roadmap. In late June we'll be launching our Case Management Framework, which is another distribution of our Nuxeo Enterprise Platform foundation offering that has been extended and tailored to help companies and ISVs and integrators build case-centric business applications for vertical or horizontal purposes.

We have numerous success stories in government globally with applications such as correspondence management, so we've taken many of the common elements, templates, workflows, metadata and added the framework element to fast-track new application deployments. It's bundling much of the work and learning we've accumulated by doing successful deployments to help more organizations get their projects moving quickly.

We are also enhancing our Records Management offering so that we can get our US Federal DoD 5015.2 certification done in October 2010. We've got strong content lifecycle management capabilities in our core offering today, but have a couple of new features to add before we go for certification. So we will also drive new opportunities in the government and regulated industries who need the stringent records management features that the DoD spec outlines.

CC: How is Nuxeo working to help educate vendors, system integrators and customers on best practices? What tools are in place to make the transition from standard records management to electronic less "frightening" for companies seeing this as a requirement?

CM: I started my career in ECM as a trainer, so I'm pretty committed to education on all levels. We're on a constant improvement project to help improve our documentation, publish more whitepapers, get more customer stories out there.

We're also big supporters of the industry associations like AIIM and ARMA who are committed to these vendor-agnostic best practices. I'm constantly trying to keep my blog fresh (as does the whole Nuxeo management team) so that we're sharing what we learn, what we read, what our customers/partners do that works.

There's a really vibrant ECM community out there on the various social networks, so we do what we can to connect people and publish content that is useful and can help projects get moving.

CC: Well, Cheryl. That's about all of the questions I had for you today and you've done a great job of answering them in good depth, I appreciate that. Do you have any parting comments you would like to make? (Consider this your open mic moment)

CM: This has been fun, glad to have the opportunity. Final comments? Just that this is one of the most fascinating times I've seen in the world of ECM. Some of the changes we're seeing today - move to interoperability, split between the ECM platform vendors vs. ECM Suite vendors, rise of open source and SaaS - "means the innovation in space are going to come from some new vendors and fresh perspectives. Watch this space ;) "

You can learn more about Nuxeo by visiting their website at or follow Cheryl on twitter.

Nuxeo Gains Record Number of New Customers and Partners

Nuxeo, the Open Source Enterprise Content Management (ECM) company, today announced that it has seen significant growth in the ECM marketplace – particularly in North America. In 2009, Nuxeo more than doubled its revenue, launched several new products and features developed in conjunction with the open source community and won several industry accolades. The open source document management company also now has expanded to 50+ employees in Paris and Boston and more than 50 partners worldwide.

“Our experience over the past 12 + months in North America is that there is a large segment of the market that want the breadth and depth of larger content management systems from first generation ECM vendors such as EMC, IBM, Open Text and Oracle – but today they require more modern, extensible architectures and lower overall costs,” said Eric Barroca, CEO of Nuxeo. “Our appeal is a feature rich ECM platform and packaged applications that address the architectural and functional needs of large enterprises, but are also easily deployable in a wide range of environments and extended and developed by customers themselves.”

2009 highlights include:

- Major Growth of Subscriber Base – Nuxeo has tripled their customer base in 2009, boosted by a move to the North American market and the improvement of its Nuxeo Connect, the company's flagship subscription offering delivering software maintenance & support to its customers. New global customers in 2009 include Orange, one of the world's leading telecommunications and network services companies; Jeppesen, a division of Boeing; EllisDon, one of the largest building contractors in Canada; Serimax, an international full service welding company; Cengage Learning, which makes customized learning solutions for universities, instructors, students, libraries, government agencies, corporations, and professionals; Frequentis, which supports state and local governments with emergency response/command and control applications; and Vilogia, a France-based privately held property management company.

- Revenue Growth: In line with its growing subscriber base, Nuxeo has seen a 285% growth in 2009 revenue compared to close of 2008. This validates the company's strategy to deliver an open source ECM platform as a foundation for content applications. This growth also demonstrates a successful expansion into the North American market and ability to compete with and beat proprietary and open source ECM vendors alike. With demand for Nuxeo Connect subscriptions on the rise, the Nuxeo revenue mix has shifted to more packaged support and maintenance deals. At close of 2009, Nuxeo's revenue is largely driven by its subscription offering.

- Galaxy Partner Program launched – 50 partners -- integrators and application providers -- have signed up for the Nuxeo Galaxy Partner program since its launch in July 2009. The Nuxeo Galaxy Program gives business and field experts the ability to package their knowledge and offer both horizontal and vertical applications, designed to meet specific content management challenges. Galaxy partners deliver their domain expertise and solutions to their customers as well as to the broader, ever growing Nuxeo community.

- Significant community contributions – Nuxeo was able to expand its product in a number of meaningful ways including through contributions from its open source community. For example, Nuxeo added support for OpenSocial through the contributions of one of its larger customers Leroy Merlin with the Nuxeo DM 5.3 release in October 2009.

- Gained industry accolades – Nuxeo continues to be recognized by leading publications and win awards. It recently won TechWeb’s Intelligent Enterprise Editors’ Choice award that recognizes the most influential technology companies impacting enterprises today. It was also listed as one of “10 open source projects worth checking out” by TechRepublic.

- Now has more than 50 employees, up from 38 in 2008 – Nuxeo continued to grow the number of employees both in Paris, as well as the new office in Boston. Among the high-profile hires was appointing David Cloyd, General Manager of the Americas and Cheryl McKinnon as its first Chief Marketing Officer. McKinnon brought more than fifteen years experience in the ECM space, most recently with Open Text. - Leadership role with Apache Chemistry incubator project & CMIS - Nuxeo spearheaded the creation of the vendor-neutral Apache Chemistry incubator project, which is developing a generic, open source Java reference implementation of the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) standard. Nuxeo also participates on the OASIS CMIS technical committee, which is working on creating a standard web services infrastructure to allow enterprises to more easily share information with multiple ECM systems as well as between ERP and CRM systems.

2010 also off to a record start with the releases of Nuxeo DAM and Nuxeo Studio. The Nuxeo Digital Asset Management offering, Nuxeo DAM, helps organizations catalogue, process, store, retrieve, and distribute rich media content, including images, audio, and video. Nuxeo Studio is the configuration and customization environment for Nuxeo EP, Nuxeo DM and Nuxeo DAM. Nuxeo Studio is available to subscription customers to help them accelerate application building with a simple web-hosted design tool. Nuxeo DAM is driving new deals early in 2010, with the first closed contract achieved within 30 days of product launch.


Apache Chemistry Gains New Contributors via OpenCMIS

Just recently, we reported on Nuxeo’s (site) steady progress with Apache Chemistry, a Java implementation of the CMIS spec.

The newest development on this front is OpenCMIS (a project led by Alfresco, SAP and Open Text) that is adding their collection of libraries, frameworks and tools around CMIS to Apache Chemistry.

No, it is *not* an attack against Chemistry, but more of a friendly merger.

Recap on Apache Chemistry

Initiated by Day Software (see our interview with CTO David Nuescheler), Sourcesense and Nuxeo, Apache Chemistry started as a proposal for a new sandbox called ‘jcr-cmis’ in Apache Jackrabbit. Chemistry entered Apache incubation in April 2009.

Java-centric Apache Chemistry includes:

  • a high level API
  • a low level SPI
  • generic implementations of clients and servers for AtomPub and SOAP bindings
  • sample backends to serve data from repositories

Chemistry now targets CMIS 1.0 CD 05 draft, soon to be 06.

What is OpenCMIS and How the Two Come Together

OpenCMIS (dating back to summer 2009) is a community of folks employed by Alfresco, SAP and Open Text with the usual suspects as initial committers:

  • Florian Mueller (Open Text)
  • Jens Huebel (Open Text)
  • David Caruana (Alfresco)
  • David Ward (Alfresco)
  • Martin Hermes (SAP)
  • Stephan Klevenz (SAP)
  • Paul Goetz (SAP)

The goal of this CMIS implementation is to provide an enterprise-ready client library for Java that was missing in the existing CMIS prototypes, according to Open Text’s Florian Mueller.

Mueller describes the OpenCMIS architecture as follows, pointing out some differentiators between OpenCMIS and Chemistry:

  • There are two layers in OpenCMIS: the provider layer and the client layer.
  • The provider layer implements CMIS bindings. The opencmis-provider-api maps the CMIS domain model, handles immutable data objects (while chemistry-api follows an object-oriented approach)
  • The client layer, being on top of the provider layer, is a Java-like interface with all the classes and methods expected in an object-oriented interface
  • Chemistry uses Abdera to communicate with the server, and OpenCMIS is based on JAX-B and some CMIS-specific XML coding
  • OpenCMIS has a caching infrastructure that is specific to CMIS and OpenCMIS

As Muller notes, “The overall architecture and principals below the API are very, very different. Bringing both together would require philosophy changes on both sides. I'm not saying that this isn't possible, but it's a lengthy process.

Later on and more optimistically, Day’s Paolo Mottadelli describes in his blog OpenCMIS as “the last blast for Chemistry; the other big thing of the beginning of 2010,” as OpenCMIS joins Apache Chemistry with a request to merge the two codebases on the Apache Maven infrastructure. OpenCMIS, by the way, also uses other Apache products, such as Commons Codec and Commons Logging.

This merge is definitely an advancement in open source CMIS efforts on server and client sides, and covers different areas of the project, including:

  • Low level CMIS client library with support for AtomPub and Web Services bindings
  • High level CMIS client library sitting on top of the low level client with Java API (still in development)
  • CMIS server handling CMIS bindings on the server side and mapping them to a common set of Java interfaces
  • InMemory test repository for the CMIS server. A file system based test repository is under development and should be available soon
  • CMIS browser (currently, AtomPub only) for access to CMIS-enabled repositories

Nuescheler referred to OpenCMIS as “well architected and already very mature in its code base.” Even though CMIS is not even an official standard yet (the second round of public review ending today), and these two projects come from different backgrounds, this joint venture looks like a good approach to collaboration, improving the code and helping spring CMIS adoption into the masses.

Nuxeo Adds SaaS Visual Developer Tools to Enterprise CMS

Open source Enterprise CMS and Document Management vendor Nuxeo ( site) is extending the value of its Nuxeo Connect support and maintenance service with a new product named Nuxeo Studio.

Nuxeo Connect: The Core Support Service

Nuxeo Connect is a subscription service delivered to Nuxeo's customers, providing maintenance and support for Nuxeo's Enterprise CMS software.

The Nuxeo Services Offering for Paying Customers


It includes such usuals as service level agreements, access to certified patches, configuration, monitoring and management tools, as well as product updates. Like most vendors, open source or not, Nuxeo offers premium 24/7 support levels as part of Nuxeo Connect.

Introducing Nuxeo Studio

Nuxeo Studio is a new configuration and customization environment for the Nuxeo open source Enterprise CMS. It is being made available as a part of the Nuxeo Connect subscription service. The company asserts that Studio is all about trimming the development time associated with implementing a Nuxeo-based document management application.

The new offering also clearly serves as an additional carrot, luring non-paying users of Nuxeo's open source software into the fold of paying customers. This game of carrots and sticks is one of the most important aspects of the commercial open source business model. Nuxeo uses a single repository model for managing their source code. So paying and non-paying customers all have access to the same source code. By offering ancillary tools via a subscription SaaS model,  commercial open source vendors can increase both the perceived and real value of their commercial support offerings.

Highlights of Nuxeo Studio

In essence, Nuxeo Studio is a web-based administrative tool for Nuxeo Enterprise Platform (Nuxeo EP) and packaged applications, such as Nuxeo Document Management (Nuxeo DM). It can be used for easier customizations of Nuxeo ECM and DM platforms without much developer involvement.

Current features of Nuxeo Studio include:

  • Content Model Definition
  • Content Views and Forms Design
  • Definition of Content Lifecycles
  • Search Form Design
  • Controlled Vocabulary Definition
  • Rapid Application Branding (logo, colors, etc.)
  • Rapid application prototyping


Nuxeo Studio — Content Type Presentation Design


The company has promised to continually improve and expand Nuxeo Studio and to work closely with the community when prioritizing new features. Items on the current roadmap include:

  • Graphical Workflow Design and Modeling
  • Business Rules Definition
  • Content Actions Definition
  • Application Version Management
  • Eclipse and Source Control Integration

You can participate in the software development process via the Nuxeo Studio bug tracker and/or the Nuxeo Studio support forum. Studio is available as part of the Connect Support package or on a per application basis. The per application pricing runs between US$ 5,000 and 15,000 depending on the number of authorized developers.

A Busy Start to 2010

Paris-based Nuxeo had a strong finish to 2009 and has so far had a good start to 2010. They recently added a Digital Asset Management product to their offering, they are benefiting from one of their partner's efforts, delivering an IBM-to-Nuxeo migration tool, and just a few days ago they released an updated version of their Apache Chemistry CMIS implementation.

Stay tuned here, the company's product roadmap is a busy place these days — additional promises for 2010 include a unified enterprise correspondence manager, a structured documentation server and work towards DoD 5015.2 records management capabilities.