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What’s new on Drupal.org? - January 2016

Drupal - 5 February, 2016 - 16:41

Look at our Roadmap highlighting how this work falls into our priorities set by the Drupal Association staff with the direction from the Board and collaboration with the community.

Drupal.org Updates Following the Conversation

One of the most requested features from a wide swath of the community has been a better way to follow content on Drupal.org and receive email notifications. The issue queues have had this follow functionality for some time, but the implementation was quite specific to issues, and not easily extensible to the rest of the site.

Because of the volume of content on Drupal.org we have to be careful that our implementation will scale well. We now use a notification system based on the Message stack which functions much more generically and therefore can be applied to many content types on Drupal.org.

Follow functionality is now available for comments on Forum topics, Posts (like this one), Case Studies, and documentation Book Pages.

In the future we intend to extend this follow functionality to include notification of new revisions (for relevant content types, particularly documentation).

Community Elections for the Board

Nominations for the position of At-Large Director from the community are now open. There are two of these positions on the board, each elected on alternating years. For this year's elections process we've made several small refinements:

  • Candidates are now no longer required to display their real names on their candidate profile. We will now default to the Drupal.org username.
  • Candidates do not have to provide a photo, we will default to a generic avatar.
  • There is now an elections landing page with complete details about the elections process.

We encourage members of the community to nominate themselves!

Drupal.org Enhancements

A number of smaller enhancements made it into the January sprints as well. One of the key ones was the ability to configure an arbitrary one-off test in the issue queues against a custom branch. This is a small step towards ensuring that the DrupalCI testing framework will support the wider testing matrix required for feature branching, so that Drupal can always be shippable.

We also spent some time in January reviewing the results of the documentation survey that was placed on all existing documentation pages on the site. This information is helping to inform the next big item on the roadmap - improved Documentation section on Drupal.org.

Finally, we've continued our battle against spam with the help of Technology Supporter, Distil Networks. We've seen some very promising results in initial trials to prevent spam account registrations from happening in the first place, and will continue to work on refining our integration.

Sustaining support and maintenance

DrupalCon New Orleans Full -Site Launched!

In January we also launched the full -site for DrupalCon New Orleans with registration and the call for papers. As part of this launch, Events.drupal.org now supports multiple, simultaneous event registrations with multiple currencies, payment processors, and invoice formats. This was a significant engineering lift, but has made Events.drupal.org even more robust.

DrupalCon New Orleans is happening from May 9-13th, and will be the first North American DrupalCon after the release of Drupal 8!

DrupalCon Dublin

The next European DrupalCon will also be here before you know it, and we've been working with the local community and our designer to update the DrupalCon Dublin splash page with a new logo that we will carry through into the design for the full-site once that is ready to launch.

Permissions for Elevated Users

In January we also focused on auditing the users with elevated privileges on Drupal.org, both to ensure that they had the permissions they needed, and to enforce our principle of least-access. Users at various levels of elevated privileges were contacted to see if they were still needed, and if not those privileged roles were removed.

The following privileges were also fixed or updated: webmasters can now view a user's' public ssh keys; content moderators can administer comments and block spam users without user profile editing privileges. We also fixed taxonomy vocabulary access and now both content moderators and webmasters have access to edit tags in various vocabularies such as Issue tags, giving more community members access to clean those up and fight duplicates or unused tags.

Updates traffic now redirects to HTTPS

SSL is now the default for FTP traffic from Drupal.org and for Updates.drupal.org itself. This helps to enforce a best practice of using SSL wherever possible, and helps to address an oblique attack surface where a man-in-the-middle could potentially hijack an update for someone running their Drupal installation on an unprotected network (i.e. development environments on a personal laptop in a coffee shop).

Devwww2 Recovery

Drupal.org pre-production environments were affected by some instability in January, particulary the devwww2 server. A combination of a hard restart due to losing a NIC on the machine and some file-system level optimizations in the database containers lead to corruption on the dev site databases. Drupal.org infrastructure engineers restored the system and recovered the critical dev sites, and while some instability continues the system has been recovering more cleanly as they work to resolve the issue permanently.

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As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects.

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates: @drupal_org, @drupal_infra

Categories: Content Management

Ipswitch Survey Reveals IT Teams in a Battle for File Transfer Security

CMS Report - 4 February, 2016 - 19:23

LONDON, UK. – February 4, 2016 – Given the increase in threats and vulnerabilities introduced to the market on a daily basis, the process of moving company data securely is critical to the role of IT teams. Today, Ipswitch announced the findings of their new survey that evaluated the current file transfer solutions and policies in place for 555 IT professionals across the globe. The survey found that while IT teams believe secure file transfers are very important to their organizations, they lack the necessary tools to do so.

Key findings included:

  • While 76 percent of IT professionals said that being able to securely transfer and share files internally and externally is very important, 61 percent said that unsecure cloud-file sharing services like Dropbox are being used within their organizations.
  • 32 percent of IT professionals said that they do not have a file transfer policy in place, but 25 percent plan to integrate one. A quarter (25 percent) of IT professionals said that their organizations have file transfer technology policies in place but indicated that enforcement is inconsistent.
  • 21 percent of IT professionals said they may have experienced a data breach or suffered data loss but are not sure. More than a third (38 percent) of IT professionals said their processes to identify and mitigate file transfer risk are not efficient.
  • Less than half (46 percent) of IT professional respondents said that they have a Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution in place.
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Drupal 8.0.3 and 7.42 released

Drupal - 3 February, 2016 - 19:16

Drupal 8.0.3 and Drupal 7.42, maintenance releases with numerous bug fixes (no security fixes), are now available for download.

See the Drupal 8.0.3 release notes and Drupal 7.42 release notes for full lists of included fixes.

Download Drupal 8.0.3
Download Drupal 7.42

Upgrading your existing Drupal 8 and 7 sites is recommended. There are no major nor non-backwards-compatible features in these releases. For more information about the Drupal 8.x release series, consult the Drupal 8 overview. More information on the Drupal 7.x release series can be found in the Drupal 7.0 release announcement.

Security information

We have a security announcement mailing list and a history of all security advisories, as well as an RSS feed with the most recent security advisories. We strongly advise Drupal administrators to sign up for the list.

Drupal 8 includes the built-in Update Manager module, which informs you about important updates to your modules and themes.

There are no security fixes in these releases of Drupal core.

Bug reports

Drupal 8.0.x and 7.x actively maintained, so more maintenance releases will be made available, according to our monthly release cycle.

Change log

Drupal 8.0.3 contains bug fixes and documentation and testing improvements only. The full list of changes between the last 8.0.x patch release and the 8.0.3 release can be found by reading the 8.0.3 release notes. A complete list of all changes in the stable 8.0.x branch can be found in the git commit log.

Drupal 7.42 contains bug fixes and minor new features. The full list of changes between the last 7.x patch release and the 7.42 release can be found by reading the 7.42 release notes. A complete list of all changes in the stable 7.x branch can be found in the git commit log.

Update notes

See the 8.0.3 release notes and 7.42 release notes for details on important changes in these releases.

Known issues

See the 8.0.3 release notes and 7.42 release notes for known issues.

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Infographic: Your Slow Website Costs You Money

CMS Report - 3 February, 2016 - 14:10

John Stevens over at Hosting Facts posted an infographic that the negatives of a slow website are too significant to ignore. Slow website speed have real impacts impacts on customer satisfaction Your Conversions and Advertising revenues can go down steadily without an active formulation of your website speed.

The implosion process is so gradual that your initial assessment revolves around the areas of deficiency in your services or attributing it to a weaker product. Prospects percentage dip and the existing chunk of your customers don’t bring you additional leads.

In such a scenario, customer outreach and feedback becomes all the more important as a visibility in their ordinary website experience can be easily seen.

Not alarmingly, we came across numerous surveys, outlining some startling facts, but coming out with the similar results, which we thought we should essentially share with you. 

John and Hosting Facts has provided an infographic that not just highlights some of the critical facts but also brings to light how inadequately some of our cardinal; however undermined business imperatives are measured. We encourage you to visit his website to find out more.

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Kentico Survey Says: Interest in Smartwatches is on the Rise

CMS Report - 2 February, 2016 - 22:05

Over two and half years ago, I wrote that wearables would be the next "disruptive innovation" but acknowledged we're not there yet. Once the right company with the right design comes along, this new market will take off just as fast as when Apple introduced their first iPad. Despite Apple introducing their smartwatch, I still sit on the sidelines waiting for the right wearable to convince me the time to buy one is now. According to the findings from a recent survey unveiled by Kentico, I'm not alone.

 

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JUG team seeks new Team Lead

Joomla! - 2 February, 2016 - 18:26

The Joomla User Group (JUG) team is a vital part of our community, ensuring that our passionate community members can connect with other people living near them and meet up in-person to share their love for Joomla!.

The JUG Team is looking for a new Team Lead.

The Role Description is: 

  • Organise and chair JUG team meetings

  • Communicate with CLT Liaison

  • Oversee JUG team public communications

  • Organise end-of-term reviews for JUG team members

  • Review listings escalated by the JUG team

  • Ensure updated terms of service and documentation for JUG directory

  • Overall responsibility for JUG team

  • Attendance at Joomla community events where possible

Additionally, normal JUG Member responsibilities apply.  The JUG team lead will also be responsible for appointing and co-ordinating the assistant team lead roles. 

You can find out more about the JUG team and read our previous reports at https://volunteers.joomla.org/working-groups/user-groups-team

If you are interested in applying for the JUG Team Lead role, please fill out the application at http://goo.gl/forms/PeHlU1NJwg.

We have a pretty good team established now so a Team Lead that will be responsive to email, keep on top of new/updated listings and member enquiries will enable the JUG Team to be more involved with outreach and helping JUGs do more.  We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Questions? Email the JUG team at jugs@community.joomla.org or email CLT liaison ruth.cheesley@community.joomla.org 

To discuss this blog post, please use the following forum thread: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=905459

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WordPress 4.4.2 Security and Maintenance Release

Wordpress - 2 February, 2016 - 17:57

WordPress 4.4.2 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

WordPress versions 4.4.1 and earlier are affected by two security issues: a possible SSRF for certain local URIs, reported by Ronni Skansing; and an open redirection attack, reported by Shailesh Suthar.

Thank you to both reporters for practicing responsible disclosure.

In addition to the security issues above, WordPress 4.4.2 fixes 17 bugs from 4.4 and 4.4.1. For more information, see the release notes or consult the list of changes.

Download WordPress 4.4.2 or venture over to Dashboard → Updates and simply click “Update Now.” Sites that support automatic background updates are already beginning to update to WordPress 4.4.2.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to 4.4.2:

Andrea Ferciaberengerzyla, Boone Gorges, Chandra Patel, Chris Christoff, Dion Hulse, Dominik Schilling, firebird75, Ivan Kristianto, Jennifer M. Dodd, salvoaranzulla

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Introducing a new Community Initiatives Process

Drupal - 1 February, 2016 - 22:59
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One of the most important lessons of 2015 for the Engineering Team here at the Drupal Association is that we need better ways to engage with you, the community. We realized we need better tools and ways to communicate with you about our current priorities, how you can influence those priorities, and how you can help make Drupal.org and the Drupal project better than ever.

All of the work we do stems from the mission of the Drupal Association. It's our duty and responsibility to unite a global open source community to build and promote Drupal. As the home of that community, and the codebase, Drupal.org is perhaps the most critical piece of that mission, and at the most basic level all of the initiatives we prioritize must support that goal.

As part of reviewing our work in 2015, and in the interests of being transparent with the Drupal Community, we revamped the Drupal.org Roadmap. As you can see, we chose to focus on the few, most important initiatives that we have the capacity to execute on in the near term. We're also including upcoming initiatives that we will move into as the active work is completed, but not as many as we had previously displayed. An important lesson of the past year is that we have to be Agile on the macro scale as well as on the micro. The needs of the community can change rapidly and we need to be able to respond.

Current

These are the initiatives the Drupal Association technology staff is focused on now.

Issues 1. #2551607: [meta] Path forward for Composer support 2. #2533684: Create 'Documentation' Section 3. Update content style guide 4. Create Bluecheese pattern library 5. #2559711: [meta] Drupal.org (websites/infra) blockers to Drupal 8.0.0, 8.1.0, etc. 6. Make ads served through DfP contextual Planned

These are the initiatives the Association will work on once the Current initiatives are completed. The order of these initiatives may change.

Issues 1. #1487662: Create 'Develop with Drupal' Section 2. #2533804: Create 'Support' Section 3. #1288470: Create 'Community' Section 4. #1414988: Create 'Contribute' Section

We've also added some new iconography to indicate where some of these initiatives come from.

Initiatives with the tools ( ) icon represent essential support and maintenance work. This can mean paying down technical debt in the Drupal.org codebase, performing server maintenance, or implementing cost saving measures to help fund the rest of our mission driven work.

Initiatives with the community ( ) icon represent initiatives that were directly proposed by members of the community and/or are being supported by volunteer work from the community.

Don't all the initiatives come from the community?

Yes, all of our priorities come from the needs of the community - but the community is a loose collective of many different groups of people with many different needs and priorities.

The needs of Drupal newcomers are vastly different from those of the Drupal Core Maintainers. The needs of our documentation editors are different from the needs of those providing support on the forums. And all of these needs must cohere with a larger product and design vision for Drupal.org to make this home of the community a cohesive, efficient, and beautiful place to be.

The Drupal Association Engineering Team can be thought of as the maintainers for Drupal.org and the sub-sites. It's our duty to synthesize these diverse needs and to prioritize the major initiatives that will have the highest impact for the community. It's also our job to make the architectural decisions for Drupal.org to ensure that every aspect of the site is functional/useable, consistent, and maintainable.

Most of our priorities, therefore, we set ourselves by bringing all of these factors together and doing the best we can to have the biggest impact, not just on the most vocal parts of the community, but also on those parts that are sometimes siloed or overlooked.

All that said, the community is absolutely a vital part of creating our initiatives. The maintainers for any other project on Drupal.org do not act alone - they accept feedback and contributions from other contributors, while at the same time making key architectural decisions, reviewing patches, and ultimately deploying that work in the form of new releases. We do the same with our initiatives.

Community Volunteers and Community Initiatives

There are two ways that members of the community can have a direct influence on the Roadmap for Drupal.org. These methods have existed informally in the past, but in 2016 we'd like to beta test some new ideas to make these processes more formal, consistent, and transparent.

The first way is simply to volunteer your expertise to help with one of the existing initiatives we already have prioritized, or even to offer your expertise without a particular contribution in mind. There is a strong record of community volunteers helping to improve Drupal.org, just a few examples from the last year include: u/mlhess and u/nnewton helping with infrastructure; to u/michelle helping to clean up spam; to u/dddave and others in the webmasters queue; or u/mshmsh5000 who helped with Drupal Jobs feature development.

If you have expertise (and not just in code!) and are ready for guidance from the Drupal Association engineering team as to how you can help, you can offer your assistance as a volunteer.

Learn about Volunteering

I should also note - we strongly encourage most volunteers to first consider giving back to the Drupal project itself, but we are certainly happy for help with Drupal.org

The second way to influence the Drupal.org roadmap is to develop a community initiative. If you (and perhaps a small team of others in the community) have some expertise in a particular area, and have a particular initiative in mind that you would like to work on, you can propose a community initiative.

View Community Initiatives

Community initiatives come in all shapes in sizes: from documentation audits with the help of u/dead_arm; to adding two factor authentication to Drupal.org with u/coltrane; to a much larger task like building and deploying DrupalCI with the help of u/jthorson, u/nickscuch, u/ricardoamaro, u/bastianwidmer and several others. Some initiatives affect a subset of the community, project maintainers, for example, whereas others may affect almost every user.

Why this new process?

The hard lesson we've learned over the course of the past year is that we need to be involved early. Even in cases where the community volunteers driving an initiative forward are experts in their area - if Association staff are not involved early in the architectural and planning decisions then what should be a positive, collaborative effort is often slowed down by architectural refactoring and design decision backtracks. That is not fun for anybody, and our immense respect for our community collaborators requires that we set them up for success by getting involved early.

As such, our new community initiatives process has several steps:

  1. Community members plan their contribution in an issue, and identify who (if anyone) is able to volunteer some time to make the contribution.
  2. The community members propose their initiative to the Association - so that we can evaluate it for inclusion on our roadmap. This may include a call with the community members proposing the initiative to talk it through in greater detail.
  3. Association staff evaluate the initiative: prioritize it into the roadmap, postpone it, or--if necessary-- reject initiatives that are not a good fit.
  4. Prioritized community initiatives are rolled into the larger Drupal.org roadmap, and monthly or bi-monthly community initiative meetings are scheduled to ensure the work moves forward.
  5. A liaison from the Association engineering team is assigned, to help coordinate architectural decisions, to provide support and access as needed, and to coordinate with the larger team when it is time for the work to be reviewed.

This process is time intensive - and so in general we expect to be able to run only one or maybe two community initiatives at a time, in parallel with our other work. We realize this may be frustrating, but the last year has shown that our most successful initiatives required this close coordination.

This process is new, and will evolve

Finding a good process for working closely with such a diverse and passionate community is not easy—and we aren't assuming that this new process will be perfect. We're going to trial this new community initiative process in 2016 with the goal of increasing the transparency of how we prioritize our work, and how the community can help us build a better Drupal.org. We are committed to making this process better.

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2016 Nominations Open for Drupal Association At-Large Director

Drupal - 1 February, 2016 - 15:56
Overview

It’s a great time to be part of the Drupal Association. We’ve done some amazing work in the last few years, and we’re in a great position to work with the community to continue to improve and grow fully into our mission. As a Drupal Association At-Large Director, you’d be in the center of the action. The At-large Director position is specifically designed to ensure community representation on the Drupal Association board and we strongly encourage anyone with an interest to nominate themselves today.

Nominate Yourself Today

The Board of Directors of the Drupal Association are responsible for financial oversight and setting the strategic direction of the Drupal Association. New board members will contribute to the strategic direction of the Drupal Association. Board members are advised of, but not responsible for matters related to the day to day operations of the Drupal Association, including program execution, staffing, etc. You can learn more about what’s expected of a board member in this post and presentation.

Directors are expected to contribute around five hours per month and attend two in-person meetings per year (financial assistance is available if required). All board members agree to meet the minimum requirements documented in the board member agreement.

Today we are opening the self-nomination form that allows you to throw your hat in the ring. We're looking to elect one candidate this year to serve a two-year term.

How to Nominate Yourself

To nominate yourself, you should be prepared to answer a few questions:

  • About Me: Tell us about yourself! Your background, how you got into Drupal, etc.
  • Motivation: Why are you applying for a board position? What initiatives do you hope to help drive, or what perspectives are you going to try and represent?
  • Experience: What Drupal community contributions have you taken part in (code, camps, etc.)? Do you have experience in financial oversight, developing business strategies, or organization governance?
  • Availability: I am able to travel to three in-person board meetings per year (either self-funded, or with financial sponsorship)
  • IRC Handle
  • Twitter Handle

We've also made a few changes to the process based on community feedback from the 2015 election:

  • We now display your username, not your given name, on your candidate profile to address privacy concerns that had been raised. Nominees should note that given names are required on legal documentation such as our 990 IRS filings, but we will do our best to preserve your privacy where we can. 
  • Updated sidebar block has more information about the elections, making it easier to the information you need. 
  • When you nominate yourself we will ask if you would like to opt-in to share your election results data. Last year was the first time we published full results from the vote data. Candidates that opt-in will have their name displayed next to their vote counts, as in this example from 2015.

We will also need to know that you are available for the next step in the process, meet the candidate sessions. We are hosting 3 sessions: 

Meet the Candidate Web Conferences:

Session One
Tue 23 Feb 2016 at 16:00 UTC

  • 7 AM PST Tue 23 Feb, US and Canada
  • 10 AM EST Tue 23 Feb, US and Canada
  • 1 PM Tue 23 Feb, Sao Paulo Brasil
  • 3 PM Tue 23 Feb, London
  • 11 PM Tue 23 Feb, Beijing

Session Two
Wed 24 Feb 2016 at 21:00 UTC

  • 12 PM PST Wed 24 Feb, US and Canada
  • 3 PM EST Wed 24 Feb, US and Canada
  • 5 PM Wed 24 Feb, Sao Paulo Brasil
  • 8 PM Wed 24 Feb, London
  • 4 AM Thu 26 Feb, Beijing
  • 7 AM Thu 26 Feb, Sydney Australia

Session Three
Thu 25 Feb 2016 at 01:00 UTC

  • 4:00 PM PST Thu 25 Feb, US and Canada
  • 7:00 PM EST Thu 25 Feb, US and Canada
  • 9:00 PM Thu 25 Feb, Sau Paulo Brasil
  • 12:00 AM Fri 26 Feb, London
  • 8:00 AM Fri 26 Feb, Beijing
  • 11:00 AM Fri 26 Feb, Sydney Australia

The nomination form will be open February 1, 2016 through February 20, 2016 at midnight UTC. For a thorough review of the process, please see the elections home page.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Ross, Drupal Association Executive Director. For the sake of keeping conversational threads in one place, the comments on this news item have been closed. Please comment on the original post on the Drupal Association website.

Flickr photo: Clyde Robinson

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Categories: Content Management

How To Turn Any Second-rate Content Into A Smarter Campaign Asset

CMS Report - 28 January, 2016 - 20:43

When people reuse and recycle things, they are seen as environmental warriors. But when content marketers repurpose content, are they just being lazy? A big NO.

Every single piece of content that we consume online is a product of someone’s genius, creativity, and time. Content creation is not for everyone. Creating content that is relevant and creative remains one of the greatest challenges that marketers face, the Content Marketing Institute said in a study [pdf]. It’s not only about finding the right topic or inspiration, but also finding the time and pulling all resources. A recent survey by TechValidate reported that 43% of content marketing professionals take four to six weeks before their teams or organizations can come up with a content strategy that works.

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Tech for the Hungry: Why Technology is Key for Feeding the World

CMS Report - 28 January, 2016 - 18:34

What a great irony it is that we live in a world where there is more than enough food to feed all seven billion people, yet statistics show that 870 million people go hungry every year. One person out of every nine lacks the daily nutritional requirements to “be healthy and lead an active life.” At this point, ending world hunger depends not on getting more food, but on improving technologies that identify where it is needed most, and get it distributed there quickly and efficiently. New technologies are saving impoverished, starving populations especially in eastern, central, and southern Africa. Research shows that half of those in need are in Asia and the Pacific, and another quarter are on the African continent.

Categories: Content Management

AdaptiveMobile expands product portfolio to secure multi-million user base on mobile messaging applications

CMS Report - 26 January, 2016 - 20:14

New RESTful API enables the Company to bring carrier-grade security to messaging applications worldwide

DALLAS, January 26th, 2016 – AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile network security, today launched its Messaging App Security – a new product that enables messaging applications to secure their user base from increasing volume and sophistication of threats.

Messaging applications – such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber and Kik – have experienced exponential growth over the past few years and are forecast to see a threefold increase in message traffic, from almost 31 trillion in 2014, to 100 trillion by 2019 globally. As users rapidly turn to mobile messaging applications, criminals are making use of proven techniques to exploit this increasing user base – sending phishing spam, eliciting money from scam messages and hacking devices to obtain personal information – making consumers vulnerable to attack and damaging the brand credibility of messaging applications.

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Zylpha Adds Integration To SharePoint, iManage, Civica And NetDocs

CMS Report - 26 January, 2016 - 20:11

Legal systems innovator Zylpha (www.zylpha.com) has added four new software integrations with systems that are frequently used by both legal practices and local authority lawyers. The new integrations, with the company’s widely acclaimed document bundling technology, are for: SharePoint, iManage (formerly Worksite/ Autonomy), local authority solutions from Civica and NetDocs. Further integrations are also being planned for LEAP and an upgrade to the Iken case management connector.

The new additions complement Zylpha’s existing range of successful electronic document bundling connectors. These include: Visualfiles/Solcase from LexisNexis, SOS Connect, TR Envision, Axxia FED, and FileStream.

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Contributor Weekend: Support Forums

Wordpress - 22 January, 2016 - 18:31

Our first global contributor drive is coming up next weekend, January 30-31, 2016, and we want you to be involved!

Many of our current contributors first got involved at a Contributor Day at a WordCamp or WordPress Meetup event near them, but not everyone has had that opportunity, so we’re trying to create an online experience that will give new contributors the same kind of live support and group dynamic. We’ll be doing these as weekend challenges rather than one-day events so that WordPress users all over the world can participate without worrying about pesky time zones, but each challenge will be designed to be completed within a few hours, comparable to an in-person Contributor Day.

Our inaugural Contributor Weekend is focused on the Support Team — the folks who volunteer their time to help people with WordPress questions in the support forums and IRC. Over the two day span, forum moderators will be available online to help new contributors and answer questions as needed. The challenge this month is called 20 Questions; your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to help WordPress users by answering 20 forum support requests over the course of the weekend.

You can participate on your own, or you can get together with other people from your local meetup group and work on it together. Working together in person is really fun, so we highly recommend trying to get some folks together if you’re able, but if that’s not possible you can still connect to other participants online. Either way, this is a great way to give back to the WordPress project and have some fun helping people at the same time.

Interested? Get the details on how to participate.

Hope to see you next weekend!

Categories: Content Management

Cyber Security Predictions for 2016: Heads Will Roll

CMS Report - 21 January, 2016 - 21:15

UK cyber security innovator Glasswall Solutions sees data security rising to the top of the corporate agenda as organizations fail to cope with new threats and regulations

London UK, 21st January 2016: Glasswall Solutions, the acclaimed UK cyber security company, today issued its top five predictions for 2016.

The list covers the five key developments that Glasswall’s team of experts believes will have biggest impact on cyber security over the next 12 months.

“Businesses around the globe now face unprecedented threats from every kind of hacker and cyber criminal,” said Greg Sim, CEO, Glasswall Solutions.

“We believe the next 12 months will see some of the most significant developments in the history of cyber security as powerful new EU regulations loom and enterprises realize their defenses are dangerously unprepared and antiquated. 2016 promises to be an extremely interesting year in which many new opportunities will emerge to boost our collective security – the question is whether businesses around the world will grasp them.”

Categories: Content Management

Data Warehouse Optimization with Apache Hadoop

CMS Report - 21 January, 2016 - 20:54

For the past few years, we have heard a lot about the benefits of augmenting the Enterprise Data Warehouse with Hadoop. The Data Warehouse vendors as well as the Hadoop vendors are showcasing how Hadoop can handle unstructured data while the EDW will continue to remain as the central source in an enterprise.

The Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) is a standard component of a corporate data architecture because it provides valuable business insights and powerful decision analytics for front-line workers, executives, business analysts, data scientists, and software developers. The Enterprise Data Warehouse built using Teradata, Oracle, DB2 or other DBMS is undergoing a revolutionary change. As the sources of data become rich and diverse, storing them in a traditional EDW is not the optimal solution. Big data technologies such as Apache Hadoop excel at managing large volumes of unstructured data and are coming into mainstream use, by integrating with existing legacy Data Warehouse platforms to get the best of both worlds.

Categories: Content Management

Learning Technologies sees further developments from eXact learning solutions

CMS Report - 20 January, 2016 - 18:05

The digital learning content management business solutions producer, eXact learning solutions, has announced its presence at the Learning Technologies event. Held in London’s Olympia on 3rd and 4th February 2016, the show, which includes a conference and exhibition, regularly attracts some 7,500 visitors from around the world.

In addition to the company’s presence at the event’s exhibition – on stand D6 – its products will also be involved in a seminar, entitled ‘Beyond rapid authoring’. Taking place on 4th February, in Theatre 1, from 12.30 to 13.00, the free-to-attend seminar will feature Asi DeGani and Richard Brook, from Telefónica UK – a global company which is known in the UK via the O2 brand.

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NIIT Technologies Selects NaviSite for Managed Hosting Services

CMS Report - 20 January, 2016 - 10:00

NaviSite selected to host London-based airport’s infrastructure

20 January, 2016 LONDON, UK: NaviSite Europe Limited, a Time Warner Cable company, announced today that NIIT Technologies, a global IT solutions organisation, selected NaviSite’s managed hosting services for a major London airport. NIIT Technologies chose NaviSite after a competitive review due to its state-of-the-art data centres and ability to scale.

A recent survey from NaviSite found that the main consideration for 60 per cent of businesses when selecting an external hosting provider is the availability to customise solutions to meet unique customer needs.[1] NaviSite is a premiere managed hosting provider, offering a rich portfolio of enterprise managed hosting solutions designed to optimise critical IT infrastructure performance. With the London-based airport, it means that NaviSite is providing it with scalability to address current and future needs, reduced latency and network points and better application performance.

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NGINX Launches NGINX Plus Release 8

CMS Report - 19 January, 2016 - 22:21

NGINX’s Application Delivery Platform Adds New OAuth Authentication and Improved Tools for a More Seamless User Experience

San Francisco – January 19, 2016 – NGINX, Inc., the engine delivering sites and applications for the modern web, today announced the availability of NGINX Plus R8, the latest release of its application delivery platform. The update provides even more features to improve the delivery and operation of complex and high-performance web applications.

This latest update provides an initial release of OAuth-based authentication, the industry standard for authentication and authorisation. OAuth enables Single Sign On capabilities for applications, as well as access controls for APIs. Organisations can use NGINX Plus to offload OAuth processing from applications servers, allowing for more efficient utilisation of infrastructure, as well as developer time.

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NASA Chooses Avere to Launch its Data onto the AWS Cloud

CMS Report - 19 January, 2016 - 22:15

Avere FXT Series Edge Filers and Flash Capabilities Vault Space Data onto the AWS Cloud

PITTSBURGH, PA – January 19, 2016 – Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, today announced that NASA has selected Avere to help consolidate legacy storage and move many of its datasets to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. Avere will be supporting the Ames Research Center, NASA’s Silicon-Valley field center, which has led NASA in conducting world-class research and development. Breakthrough research conducted at the Ames Research Center includes advancements in supercomputing, NexGen air transportation, missions for low-Earth orbit and the moon, lunar science and advancing human-technology interaction.

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