London – 18 June, 2013 – Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of data recovery, e-disclosure and information management products and services, today announced the availability of Ontrack® PowerControls™ version 7.0. Complete with Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 support as well as new functionality for preserving and exporting Exchange/SharePoint source and metadata, Ontrack PowerControls 7.0 significantly reduces the time and resources associated with common IT dilemmas.
Please consider this your personal invitation to join us on Friday, the 12th of July, for our first Business Pizza, Bugs, and Fun event. It's an all-day global event that's open to all virtual participants that are interested. There will also be local venues wherever they are organized. The key goal is to fix as many Joomla 3 and Joomla 2.5 bugs as possible before the next maintenance releases.
Friday July 12th
We've dubbed the event as a Business PBF, since it's our first PBF on a weekday (Friday) and we'd like to get more businesses involved. We've created badges that you can use on your sites to spread awareness of the event and get recognition for your participation. For more information, check out our landing page at http://developer.joomla.org/pbf.
The announcement of the partnership is likely an unsurprising move for most involved in the open source content management and document management industry as similar partnerships with other content management providers and Alfresco have already occurred. Nor is this the first time that we've seen Acquia involved with integrating the Drupal CMS with the Alfresco platform. However, this is probably the first time we've seen Acquia and and Alfresco Inc. so publicly announce such a partnership for delivering products and services and perhaps this is a recognition that customers have need for better integration solutions in both product and services.
OnApp has announced OnApp Cloud v3.1, the latest version of the leading cloud platform for service providers. New release enables service providers to offer hybrid clouds – integrating management of bare metal servers and virtual servers into a single control panel
If it has been a while since you have seen the Joomla! Doc’s Wiki, you should take a look at all of the improvements made over the past few months. The Documentation Team has been hard at work organizing, adding features and cleaning out the clutter. We’ve even made it easier to contribute with the new wiki editor, including buttons to help insert code snippets into wiki pages.
What we need now is more involvement from the Joomla! Community. You don’t have to be a developer, on the Documentation Team or even a Joomla! expert, just five minutes a day or a half an hour on a Saturday morning can help improve the Joomla! Docs for everyone.
Some of the improvements are:
- Searching the Wiki - The Doc’s Wiki has integrated Google's Custom search for web sites. You can search the Docs Wiki as you would normally search; the difference is Google does all the work now. What does this mean? You will get search results more relevant and precise. As an added bonus, we even added a results tab at the top of the search results for the Joomla! Forum. If you can't find an answer in a wiki article, it might be found on the Joomla! Forum.
- Navigation - One thing a user will notice now is visual clues on a page. Some of them include tagging icons, title prefixes, such as J2.5 or J3.1, color schemes and page notices. These clues are used to at least let readers know the version of Joomla! an article refers too. Navigation is an area we are continuing to work on and improve.
- Archiving - We’ve also been busy archiving Joomla! 1.0 and 1.5 articles. A large part of improving navigation was cleaning out and cleaning up content.
- Landing pages - We are making and plan on making more useful landing pages and easy to find links for different versions of how to articles.
- Editing - We’ve made editing a wiki page simpler. All users should have as their default editor the new Wiki Editor. There are buttons to perform common tasks such as bolding text, creating lists and insert code snippets. There really are just a few wiki markup syntaxes to learn for creating a professional looking article and the new editor makes it even easier. As an added bonus the WikiEditor teaches the simple wiki markup while you’re editing.
- Watching articles - For logged in users, watching articles on the wiki is simple now too. Just click the ‘star’ icon at the top of a page to quickly add it to your watch list of articles.
- Tutorial page layouts - The installed extension called Headertabs makes longer pages easier to read. Here is an example of Headertabs in use, http://docs.joomla.org/J3.1:Installing_Joomla!.
Looking forward, there is still a lot of work to do on the Docs Wiki.
- Clean up continues - While there has been a noticeable reduction in incomplete, uncategorized, unlinked, redundant or out of date articles, the Docs Team still is working hard to find other articles of these types.
- Localisation - Many of our community members have expressed a desire for some time at Localising Joomla! Documentation. The Docs Team is getting closer to this realization and as soon as our “Clean Up” is complete, we can proceed with translations. The Docs Wiki will use a special extension to aide in tagging pages to translate, tracking translation percentages of a page and provide some automatic translations which can be improved with human interaction.
- Documentation projects - The Docs Team realizes the Joomla! Code Contributors and Extension Developers have done a lot of work writing and helping improve Joomla! Documentation in the past. We need your continued help! There has been a downward slide in participation, just take a look at our Docs Wiki Activity. The Docs Team needs your help and is trying to make it easier to contribute. With perpetual JDOC Projects you can share the work and at the same time keep our documentation organized. Here is our first project, JDOC Developer Tutorial Project of many more to come. These types of projects will also help with translation, just imagine seeing your contribution in multiple languages! The Docs Team will be adding more.
Documentation has a Docs Wiki Roadmap with short and long term goals, please post constructive suggestions and ideas on the Roadmap’s discussion page. Joomla! Community members can also participate in the Documentation discussions on the Joomla! Docs Mail List.
What? You want to get involved and find out how to help improve Joomla! Documentation? Read the article, How to Contribute to Joomla! Documentation. The Docs Team is looking forward to seeing your contributions!
Please discuss this blog here: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=806532
Perforce launches Swarm, a flexible code collaboration platform that enables development teams to meet their goals for faster release cycles, continuous integration and continuous delivery. Swarm helps distributed teams improve their Agile practices by collaborating on both pre- and post-commit code, commenting on changes, sharing creative ideas and getting early feedback from continuous integration and deployment.
The Joomla! Production Leadership Team (PLT) is responsible for leading and coordinating the development of the Joomla! CMS and Framework. This includes releasing new versions, fixing bugs, adding new features, and creating documentation and translations.
We are looking for your nominations for new PLT members. We acknowledge that the greater worldwide Joomla! community can help us a lot in this election process, and make us aware of potential candidates we may overlook.
Since we will be adding new people one by one throughout the year, we have decided to put the nomination form up permanently on the developer site at http://developer.joomla.org to continuously gather suggestions. You can nominate yourself or someone else at any time. If you nominate someone else, please ask them first if they are interested and have the time available.Nomination Information
Useful areas of experience and expertise for nominees include:
- Coding and code design
- User interface and design
- Student and developer outreach
We are looking for people with a track record of positive contributions to Joomla. Some of the criteria that will be used when evaluating nominations include:
- Contributions to the development process - Candidates should have a demonstrated track record of participating in and contributing to the Joomla development process. This can be in the form of coding, documentation, localization, or helping with communications and facilitation.
- Ability to work with others - Candidates should have the demonstrated consistent ability to work constructively and positively with the wide variety of people in the Joomla community.
- Ability to devote time to the project - Candidates should be able to devote enough time to the project to be effective. This includes the possibility of travel to Joomla events.
The link to the nomination form is listed under Resources on the home page of the Joomla Developer site.
Stakeholders in the Health Industry Invited to Advise on Internet Best Practices
Dot Health Limited, the Gibraltar-based organization seeking to operate a new .Health top-level domain (gTLD), today announced the creation of a Governance Council that will allow the world health community to provide input on the .HealthTLD. The Governance Council will be called upon to monitor, advise, and recommend best practices for the .HealthgTLD.
On my "to-do list" is a mention of the availability of my In the Spotlight segment online as well as the rest of the May 2013 CMS-Connected show. One of the nice things about participating on this show with hosts Tyler Pyburn and Scott Liewehr is the chance to get to spread my wings to new CMS territory
"The real problem we're up against is not technology, it's that management DNA in companies.... When you concentrate the responsibility for innovation at the top, you're holding your capacity to change hostage. It disempowers the little people."
- Gary Hamel, quoted by Lucas Mearian, "The next corporate revolution will be power to the peons", Computerworld, June 4, 2013.
Those of you who have been in the content management industry a while will remember the CMS Watch report. I’m not sure when I first heard of it, but I think it was at an AIIM conference in 2005. I remember thinking that if we could just get Agility into that report, we would have it made. Looking back, it’s amazing to see how many of the systems that ranked well in 2005 are either gone or no longer relevant.
A few years later, I saw an article on CMS Wire that Ektron had made it into the Gartner Magic Quadrant. I realized that it was going to be hard to complete with this level of recognition, no matter how superior Agility is.
Fast forward to 2013, and Agility is yet to be found in either of these reports. I reached out several times to CMS Watch in the early days, but we were just too small. I called Gartner in 2010 to see what it would take to get on the Magic Quadrant. They were quick to point out that Agility was probably too small, but if we paid $20,000 they would take a closer look.
It struck me that it might be worthwhile to write an article on the topic to dig deeper into the options available for CMS vendors. Here are my findings.
The Guardian has come out top in delivering the best mobile news experience, according to a new report from EPiServer. The mobile news study assessed the mobile websites and apps of 12 of the UK’s top news publishers*, with The Guardian providing impressively fast browsing, easy to locate stories with clear headlines and GuardianWitness, an innovative citizen journalism app for iPhone and Android.
Kroll Ontrack, a leading provider of data recovery, e-disclosure and information management products and services, today announced five of the most common mistakes made by IT administrators that can lead to data loss. Given the complexity and capacity of advanced storage devices and the criticality of organizational data, documentation and best practice implementation are critical when it comes to protecting data.
“With data stored in multiple locations and on multiple devices, loss at any level can be very detrimental, putting IT administrators in the hot seat to provide fast issue resolution and minimize downtime,” said Robert Winter, chief engineer, Kroll Ontrack. “Under such extreme pressure, IT teams may be overlooking established ITIL best practices for IT service management in the pursuit of urgent issue resolution, leaving organizations at risk of data loss.”
Centrify Enables Migration to Microsoft Office 365 with Active Directory Integration for Single Sign-on and Access
Centrify for SaaS Now Supports Office 365; Offers Easy-to-Deploy and Enhanced Active Directory-based Federated Identity for Reduced Complexity and Improved Security
IT Europa and Angel Business Communications today announced further details of the Managed Services & Hosting Summit which will be staged on 26 September 2013 at the Lancaster London Hotel.
The Joomla Extensions Directory (JED) Team is seeking to upgrade the current JED website to Joomla 3.x with a customized extension(s) to facilitate the management of listings and users. Click here to view the JED 3.0 Requirements Document. This document is intended to outline the required processes and functionality for the new JED site and what is needed of a new Joomla software component.
We are currently seeking community feedback. Please note this is a working document and modifications will be made on a continual basis before it is finalized and before an Request for proposals.
To discuss the Functional Design Document go here.