Posts tagged "web cms"

We'll Always Have (Gilbane) Boston

Remember that heartbreaking scene from Casablanca? Well, we won't have Paris, but we will have Boston and Gilbane Boston to get together and do the industry talk. Won't be as dramatic as the Rick-Ilsa exchange, but definitely fun and informative for all of you content management professionals. 

Now, now… Here's looking at you, kid. Do you have #gilbaneboston on your calendar? Here's why you should and what to look forward to.

The conference for content management professionals will last for two days. You can still get a free Technology Showcase Pass that includes two Keynotes, nine Product Labs and full access to the exhibit area, as well as the conference reception on December 1.

Here's a peek into what to expect from the conference:

Wednesday - December 1, 2010

  • Opening keynote session with Marie Williams, Senior Director, Web Innovation, Global Online Services, Hilton Worldwide; Keith Cook, Global eBusiness Officer, ACE Group and Aaron Hill, Senior Director, Online Strategy & Services, SAS
  • Product Labs starting at 11:00am
  • Second Keynote — Industry Analyst Debate "What’s Real, What’s Hype, and What’s Coming" — with Hadley Reynolds, Director, Content & Digital Media Technologies, IDC; Stephen Powers, Senior Analyst, Forrester; Scott Liewehr, Senior Consultant, Web Content Management, Gilbane Group; Tony Byrne, Founder, The Real Story Group; Kathleen Reidy, Senior Analyst, 451 Group
  • Expo area and networking - 10:00am to 6:00pm
  • Reception, technology demos, networking - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Thursday - December 2, 2010

  • Product Labs starting at 8:30am
  • Day-long conference sessions
  • Lunch Reception, Technology Demos, and Networking from 12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Expo Area and networking at 10:40pm to 2:00pm

And here are some helpful links:

See you in Boston!

DotNetNuke 5.6: Enhanced Workflows, Search, Google Analytics

Open source web content management vendor DotNetNuke (news, site) keeps to pace with the release of v5.6 of its Professional and Enterprise editions that include better search functionality, enhanced Google analytics support and new workflow enhancements. 

While these enhancements are restricted to the two editions mentioned above, it has also introduced a number of new enhancements for the community editions — databse optimization, new configuration management and improved search.

DotNetNuke v5.6, Professional, Enterprise Editions

This is the first upgrade since August when the company shelved the Elite edition and replaced it with the Enterprise Edition.

Elite Edition made its first appearance in September 2009 with two editions: Regular and Premier, both comprised the code from the Professional Edition with added support. The new Enterprise Edition included the Professional Edition plus Elite Support, and a new key feature — content staging.

Now, only a matter of months later both the Professional and Enterprise have been upgraded with a list of new enhancements that contain three principal upgrades. They include:

  • Site Search: Now enabled by a new engine that speeds up the process of locating files and pages across a site. Along with support for Boolean searches, phrase searches and even relevance searches, the engine includes rich query syntax. Its new true web spider can index any site —DotNetNuke or not.
  • Enhanced Analytics Support: Enhanced support for Google analytics includes upgrades to its integration abilities and now enables tracking of sub-domains as a single entity as well as five segmentation rules per page. The enhanced analytics is available in both the Enterprise and Professional Editions.
  • Content Approval Workflow Enhancements: Upgrades to the content approval workflow enables content managers to configure approvals at site, page and module levels, while users who will be impacted by the content changes will be able to view the changes before anything is published.

It also comes with content locking to prevent workflow conflicts as well as business rules that enable workflows with an unlimited number of states or reviews.

Community Edition

But the upgrades are not limited to these two editions. The Community Edition also got some attention and has three major upgrades. They include:

  • Search: Upgraded search includes enhanced indexing, enabling standard core search features to index page names, tag attributes and other metadata
  • Performance enhancements: Optimized database architecture and handling of web analytics tracking codes.
  • Configuration Manager: Offers better access and control over website configuration files without users having to access the files directly.

DotNetNuke is also offering a perpetual license option for existing Professional and Enterprise Editions subscription customers. Current DotNetNuke Corp. subscription customers may purchase a perpetual license to use the DotNetNuke Professional or Enterprise Edition version they are running on their production servers.

Whatever it’s doing, it must be doing it right. The company says that over the past year its annual revenue growth has jumped by 300% and added 1000 new subscribers to its business. Nice for the times we’re living in!

XOOPS 2.5 Web CMS Offers AJAX Support, Help System

The XOOPS community (newssite) announces the new release of its award winning Web CMS platform. Supported by a large international developer community, XOOPS continues to prove that it can compete with the fast growing new comers like Drupal (newssite) and Joomla (newssite).

Defining XOOPS

XOOPS (eXtensible Object Oriented Portal System) is a popular open source PHP-based web content management system. Since its release in 2002, it has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the the Packt Open Source Awards. The product was recently nominated again as a Top 5 Finalist in the 2010 Awards.

XOOPS is both object oriented and component-based. Most features can be activated or deactivated using an administrative interface, allowing users to create fairly sophisticated sites with minimal programming knowledge.

Key features of the product include:

  • Database driven — Content is stored in a relational database.
  • Personalization
  • Security and User Management
  • Internationalization — Including support for multi-byte languages like Japanese

A Major Upgrade for XOOPS

The version 2.5.0 production release, which was preceded by two release candidates, is a major upgrade to XOOPS.

Enhancements include:

  • User interface refined to support AJAX
  • Help System for Admin and modules
  • MySQL Dump in Maintenance
  • New Redirect messaging
  • Column sorting in tables
  • Smarty plugin for icon pack
  • Smarty plugin for breadcrumb navigation
  • jQuery plugins for display popup or manage drag & drop
  • File Manager (Plugin)
  • Maintenance with Cache Clean-up and Tables Maintenance
  • Visual module ordering with drag & drop
  • Visual block placement with drag & drop
  • Refactor all PHP code for use XOOPS API
  • Use template in the same way that front user, admin side for module can call a main template define in xoops_version.php
  • Allow override of template in admin theme like frontend if we set template in ADMIN_THEME
  • Manage editor for blocks, comments and for all module if module developper want to use it activate or deactivate system section
  • Choose number of line for admin section
  • Display or hide tips

A complete list of changes is available on the XOOPS website.

How Can I Get It?

The latest version of the software is available for free download from Sourceforge. Users have the option of downloading the minimum package, which only includes core and protector files, or the more full, regular release.

The XOOPSteam provides complete installation instructions in a detailed installation guide, also on Sourceforge.

The Keys to Success with Cloud Based Website Hosting

Today's websites have become the social marketplace where your customers and potential customers can meet, find the information they need, provide their own insights and feedback and more.

This means your traditional web content management system is probably falling short in its duty. What you're probably looking for is a digital publishing + engagement platform that offers a rich set of features, include managing digital assets, integrating with social networks, and pushing your content out across multiple channels. On top of all that, you need to do it quickly.

Cloud-based services come readily to mind when the pressure is on. In fact, according to a recent study by Springboard Research, 83% of companies in the Asia-Pacific region are considering cloud services in some form — many as a way to deliver applications on-demand. However, in the same study, 46% indicated concerns over security and the integrity of their data in the cloud.

If you need to build a stronger web presence and are interested in doing it using cloud services, then attend the webinar Enough Fluff. 3 Key Ingredients for Maximising Your Content in the Cloud on Thursday, November 18th, 2010 at 10:00 am (UTC+10) Sydney, Australia.

During the live event you will discuss best practices related to cloud security and hear about deployment lessons from local experts, such as Melbourne IT and Hyro, as well as hear from experienced field hands who share their tricks and tips.

If you're ready to take your cloud strategy to the next level, then register here

Digital Asset Management Takes Front Seat for Higher Education Web CMS

The Web is awash with digital assets and the trend is not slowing down. In the world of education content management, OmniUpdate's (news, site) Campus CMS gets a mid-term boost with flashy digital asset management features.

Content on Campus

OmniUpdate's Web CMS has grown leaps and bounds since the release of version 9.0 back in May. Version 9.3 saw the addition of social features. The latest update adds digital asset management to the line-up with functions to handle media, ideal in a world of electronic media.

The CMS, which can be deployed either on a server or as a SaaS CMS edition, has its sights firmly set on the education market and is a fixture in many universities, colleges and other institutions. As these places evolve towards a market where there is less student-to-tutor time and more of an emphasis on interactive learning, digital asset management is essential.

Material Management

From notes and courses, to podcasts and video lectures, many colleges are taking a progressive approach when integrating multimedia into lessons. A DAM implementation will help these colleges manage the distribution, and even monetization, of the material from text documents to video, or other web content.
Manage digital content for your educational institute inside the CMS

With version 9.4 of OU Campus, assets can be created, tagged and edited in the Campus' existing permission system. The tags can describe and limit access so only groups (think classes or departments) that need certain assets can view them. Content that is maintained live on pages can be updated the moment it is edited or updated.

On the Up

With the social features from the last update, users can also be kept informed of updates in a manner they are used to. OmniUpdate members can view a webcast explaining the new features on the company site.

To continue its steady rise, OmniUpdate is hiring more web developers and user experience gurus. The company hopes to produce good numbers for this year and continue the positive progress we saw in 2009.

DotNetNuke Corp. Launches Version 5.4 of the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions

DotNetNuke Corp., the company behind one of the most widely adopted Web Content Management Platforms for the Microsoft .NET Framework, today announced the release of the DotNetNuke Professional Edition 5.4. The release includes new document management capabilities that target the needs of organizations sharing documents within intranets or extranets at a fraction of the cost of existing Enterprise Content Management (ECM) solutions. DotNetNuke Corp. has partnered with Xepient (Murcia, Spain) to add the document management technology in Xepient Open-DocumentLibrary to the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions.

The 5.4 release of the DotNetNuke platform is fully compatible with Microsoft ASP.NET 4, which launched in April 2010. The DotNetNuke open source core in the 5.4 release is the heart of the DotNetNuke Community, Professional and Elite Editions.

News Highlights

  • Available today, the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions 5.4 exclusively feature a new document management capability that is perfect for organizations sharing document libraries across an intranet or extranet. The document management features include:
  • The ability to create hierarchical document folders based on multiple document characteristics with tight controls over user access and editing rights.
  • Document versioning and a powerful document moderation workflow engine.
  • Automated document library synchronization with existing document libraries.
  • Document usage reporting.
  • The 5.4 release of the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions are fully compatible with ASP.NET 4.
  • The open source core of the DotNetNuke Professional, Elite and Community Editions version 5.4 includes a new folksonomy feature that allows end users to enter free form tags for pages and modules. Attributes are stored in a common content store, which provides new ways to aggregate and publish content.

Navin Nagiah, CEO of DotNetNuke Corp.

“Organizations that need to share documents on their intranet or extranet will find the new document management capability in the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions 5.4 is a very cost-effective alternative to existing ECM solutions. Our solution is much more cost-effective for mid-size organizations or departments of large organizations and can be deployed much more quickly.”

Scott Guthrie, Corporate Vice President, .NET Developer Platform, Microsoft Corp.

“Microsoft is pleased that the DotNetNuke Community, Professional and Elite 5.4 Editions are fully compatible with ASP.NET 4 and are being released in unison with ASP.NET 4. The collaboration between the Microsoft Web Platform team and DotNetNuke has truly helped provide DotNetNuke users with a better Web content management experience.”

Andreas Di Palma, Founder of Xepient Solutions:

“We are very pleased to partner with DotNetNuke Corp. to bring our document management technology to the DotNetNuke Professional and Elite Editions. Customer interest has always been strong in our DotNetNuke document management solution. I believe DotNetNuke Corp. can leverage its marketing capabilities to expand adoption of our solution by organizations running critical business applications on the DotNetNuke platform. We look forward to working closely with DotNetNuke Corp. as we collaboratively expand the capabilities of our document management technology.”

About DotNetNuke Corp.

DotNetNuke Corp. is the steward of the DotNetNuke open source project, the most widely adopted Web Content Management Platform for building web sites and web applications on the Microsoft .NET Framework. Organizations use DotNetNuke to quickly develop and deploy interactive and dynamic web sites, intranets, extranets and web applications. The DotNetNuke platform is available in a free Community and subscription-based Professional, Elite and Elite Premier Editions. DotNetNuke Corp. also operates Snowcovered.com where users purchase third party software add-ons. Founded in 2006 and funded by Sierra Ventures, August Capital and UV Partners, DotNetNuke Corp. is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. For additional information, visit www.dotnetnuke.com.

Mobile App Revenue to Hit US$18.9 billion by 2014

Number crunchers Juniper and other research firms estimate big numbers as Internet use switches from the desktop to the smartphone.

Mobile Commerce is the Place to Be

It would appear logical that a lot of desktop activity is switching to the mobile space as smartphones become evermore capable. So the estimates by Juniper that demand for mobile access to Web 2.0 applications and services will hit US$ 18.9 billion in 2014 sound pretty reasonable. That figure was followed by a US$ 17 billion estimate from Getjar on the value of mobile apps in just 2012.

With workers and consumers both heading mobile, Juniper reckons that presence and location features and mobile Voice-over-IP (VoIP), will be the primary market driver. In fact, a second piece of Juniper research, published today, reckons that the presence segment will be worth US$ 6 billion alone, covering geolocation and social web services.

On the consumer side, app stores and social gaming-gone-mobile will eat up staggering amounts of cash. Such is the drive towards mobile, that a third report, from Canalys, reckons that some 65 million smartphones will be sold in the U.S. this year. This will bring the smartphone from vocal, but significant, minority to a market leader over the majority of feature phones currently in use.

Who Will Be In the Money?

With all these statistics flying around, the big question is, who will be raking in most of this revenue? On the hardware side, clearly BlackBerry from RIM and Apple's iPhone, but the reports expect Android to start claiming some of the share. On the software side, those making a major presence in the major app stores will gain.

Joomla Admin Mobile and Squarespace have an early start in the mobile CMS space (on Apple's store at any rate), but there is room for a lot more action and major players will be revving up their services in the near future. Certainly it will take some creativity and effort to produce a slick method of managing sites from a 4" screen.

Trouble in Store

Among all the hype and big numbers, it is important to consider the downside. As users and enterprises are finding that 99.9% uptime for a funky cloud service isn't the same as 100% uptime, they will find themselves struggling to connect and having to revert to old-fashioned laptops and networks, as backup plans for areas where service is patchy, or signal quality is poor.

Perhaps the major drive to mobile services won't start for a few years when LTE and other 4G mobile networks are up and running. This does give larger enterprises and developers the time to come up with the right solution. At the same time this will allow smaller, agile, developers to make their mark. All developments we will follow with interest.

 

 

Bridgeline Changes Name to Reflect Commitment to Digital and Interactive Technologies

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What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet…Yeah right. But in the world of content management, a name can mean a heck of a lot. So says Bridgeline Software Digital.

A "software" company can also provide services. There are more than just a few out there that offer both products and professional services.. But sometimes, having the word "software" in your name can lead people to believe you are all about the product sales.

This appears to be the thinking behind Bridgeline's decision to change their name from Bridgeline Software to Bridgeline Digital. According to the company the name change "draws upon the company's strategic commitment to digital and interactive technologies." And President and CEP Thomas Massie says, "We feel strongly that "Bridgeline Digital" is a more accurate reflection of the evolving mix of award-winning web-based products and services that we deliver."

Ok. Makes sense. Bridgeline still continues to offer the same iAPPS Product Suite that includes content management, web analytics, eCommerce and eMarketing, all bundled in a nice little SaaS solution.

But they also offer a number of services including application development, SharePoint development, information architecture and user experience design. And to be fair, many consulting services oriented companies tend to have the "digital" in their name.

The name change is effective as of March 23, 2010. You'll find Bridgeline Digital listed on the NASDAQ with the symbol "BLIN".

Lucid Imagination Secures $10 Million in Series B Funding

Lucid Imagination (site), a company that provides commercial support and services around the open source Apache Lucene (site) and Apache Solr (site), announced that it received its Series B funding.

The Investment

The US$ 10 million investment comes courtesy of new investor Shasta Ventures and previous investors Granite Ventures and Walden International. Lucid states that they will use the new funding to accelerate Lucene and Solr's grooming for the enterprise, making the two projects an even more promising base for their own products and services.

According to VentureSource, a database of "focused research on the venture capital industry," the size of the investment is more than twice the US$ 4.7 million median deal size for 2009.

Second Year Plans

Along with further enhancing Lucene and Solr, the new investment goes toward the company's continued expansion, which representatives state will involve "mission-critical, differentiated search for organizations across a wide range of sectors that spans e-commerce, Web 2.0, media, telecommunications, government and research, among others."

Companies want to find data as easily as consumers find stuff on the internet every day,” says Eric Gries, CEO of Lucid Imagination. “Technology-savvy executives recognize they need enterprise-ready technology that can deliver search power that is tailored to fit their business needs and their marketplace. With this investment, Lucid Imagination can continue to satisfy the appetite for reliable, cost-effective differentiated search that quickly finds the right information wherever it is and delivers it to users.”

FatWire Makes Web Experience Management Framework Available for All Third-Party Development

Fatwire Makes Web Experience Management Framework Available for All Third-Party Development

Good news, FatWire (site) fans! Today your favorite Web Experience Management solutions provider has announced the general availability of their WEM framework. This will make building onto the suite a piece of cake for developers, and if you listen closely, we’re pretty sure you’ll hear the faint cheers of interactive marketers.

The Partner Program

The FatWire Technology Partner Program acts as a watering hole for independent software vendors and systems integrators. An expanded set of resources and tools are available in this space, making it easier to integrate existing applications into the FatWire suite, as well as build new ones.

As a partner, you get:

  •  Access to WEM Framework components
  • Technical resources (training, marketing, sales)
  • Alliance support

As for customers, an extended set of FatWire technologies will certainly help meet interactive business goals much faster. Partners that have already joined the program include Mahindra Satyam, Brightcove, Congruent, Frevvo, HCL, Element 115, netomat and BestTV.

Framework for All

FatWire’s WEM product suite is designed to help enterprises boost their Web presence, drive sales, increase efficiency—all that good stuff. The Framework includes a common UI, single sign-on, centralized user and role management, a REST API for repository integration, and centralized administration for sites, roles, and applications across FatWire and FatWire partner integrated technologies.

The Framework, which we talked about when it was announced back in January of this year, is now generally available to all FatWire partners and customers. With it comes the ability to integrate either custom-coded features or apps from other sources, improving what sites can offer. 

“The web continues to increase in importance as a primary business channel for our customers,” said Yogesh Gupta, president and CEO for FatWire. “FatWire’s Technology Partner Program and WEM Framework enable us to rapidly extend our offerings for customers to provide a comprehensive, best-of-breed platform for managing their web presence and delivering on their interactive business needs.”

Tacking on apps to a CMS system—or any system for that matter—certainly isn't a revolutionary idea, but it's an important step for FatWire. To check it out, head over to FatWire's site here, or this way for Technology Partner Program details.