Centrix Software, workspace management solutions expert, has announced the latest addition to its WorkSpace iQ suite; WorkSpace 365 iQ. This option has been developed in response to the overwhelming demand from organizations looking to migrate their office suites to Office 365, and also from Microsoft partners managing the projects. They all want a usage analytics solution that helps them to optimise their investment in this cloud-based alternative to Microsoft Office.
WorkSpace 365 iQ can save* customers thousands of dollars with features such as the profiling of users’ SKU requirements and deliver projects faster by, for example, identifying the users who can move now, or with the least effort. It also enables organizations to rationalize their software environment by identifying where applications could be replaced with the standard Office 365 suite.
WorkSpace 365 iQ analyzes application usage data against requirements for Office 365, across the entire IT estate, by providing the following features and benefits:
- Matching office applications to the right users, based on their existing usage of tools
- Accurately determining Office 365 plans and license costs, minimising over-spend
- Identifying which users are ready for migration now and what actions are required for those not yet ready to move
- Determining where users currently access their content from to efficiently plan data migration
- Significantly accelerating overall migration time
365 iQ is available as a hosted Software-as-a-Service offering, so there’s no infrastructure to manage. In addition, usage analytics collection can be started immediately and deliver initial results within 48 hours. Alternatively, the WorkSpace iQ Suite including 365 iQ is available as an on-premise option.
“Thanks to Microsoft partners, Office 365 is our fastest growing commercial product ever delivered,” said Phil Sorgen, Microsoft corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group. “We are excited to partner with Centrix Software to bring Office 365 to businesses of all sizes.”
To help make the benefits of 365 iQ available across the world, Centrix Software has connected with a number of leading Microsoft partners, who are experts in Office 365 solutions and deployments. This includes Exoprise, a US partner that delivers add-on monitoring and enablement tools for Office 365, and Trustmarque, a market-leading technology solutions provider.
Exoprise’s CloudReady® Insight and Monitor for Office 365 are cloud-based, readiness assessment and performance monitoring solutions that provide both pre-migration analysis of Exchange utilization and cloud migration planning as well as real-time service performance and availability monitoring for Office 365 and other mission critical SaaS applications.
Patrick Carey, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Exoprise said, “Customers who are thinking about moving to cloud-based office productivity solutions, such as Microsoft Office 365, need to understand very quickly what the benefits will be and how they will migrate users with the minimum of disruption. They also can’t forget that they are still responsible for user service levels. The combination of Centrix Software’s desktop application usage analytics, with Exoprise’s migration planning and monitoring solutions enables organizations to understand their requirements, optimize their licensing commitment and minimize the time it takes to detect, isolate, and fix any Office 365 service performance problems.”
Trustmarque, a technology solutions provider, helps organizations to develop innovative services across an increasingly complex mix of devices and platforms.
Chris Lim, Practice Lead, Technology Services at Trustmarque commented, “The key is to focus on the individuals using the technology, to enable flexible working and improved productivity. As organizations seek to increase operational efficiency and improve services, cloud computing can enable them to simplify IT management, control costs, and effectively meet user needs. Rather than taking a one-size fits all approach, the in-depth usage data collected from Centrix Software’s Workspace iQ usage analytics solution enables Trustmarque to provide its customers with all the benefits of Office 365; for email and communications and meetings and collaboration, tailored exactly to each user’s needs”.
*One customer’s estimated monthly cost was reduced from $207K to $157K, saving $598 per year.
5th December, 2013 - Automic, the world’s most proven and comprehensive platform in business automation, today launched Automic’s Business Process Accelerator for SAP (BPACC) to help customers unleash the full potential of SAP investments by making them 100x faster.
For most organisations, the expensive hardware that runs SAP systems rarely nudges above 45 per cent utilization. Even during peak processing periods business processes are only performing at half the pace that they could be.
The bottlenecks created by SAP programs when processing large data volumes creates queues that slow the business down causing delays, interruptions and missed deadlines.
With Automic’s BPACC, SAP programs and transactions will run at a fraction of the time and with no additional hardware ensuring no supply chain, financial close, payroll or retail process errors. As large data is broken into manageable chunks the memory issues are removed and delays to the business made a thing of the past.
Craig Beddis, CMO at Automic comments: “Global organisations are fed up with the waiting game. To stay relevant and succeed in this new world, businesses must adapt as quickly as possible to stay competitive. With BPACC, our customers are getting the most from their SAP investments and their system is finally firing on all cylinders.”
“The best way to describe what we do is to imagine filling an hourglass with sand. You turn the hourglass over and wait for one hour for the last few grains of sand to flow from the top to the bottom. That’s how SAP systems work. Now imagine putting the same amount of sand into four hourglasses. This time, the same amount of sand takes just 15 minutes to finish flowing from top to bottom. Across 10 hourglasses or even 100 hourglasses it would take just seconds. That’s how this works.”
With BPACC, business processes run faster and smarter without the need for additional hardware. In fact, they can run anywhere between 10-100x faster reducing run times from 10 hours to just 15 minutes.
Qumu’s award winning enterprise video platform, recognized as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Video Content Management*, now powers SharePoint 2013.
December 4, 2013 – Qumu (NASDAQ: QUMU), the leading business video platform provider, today announced the availability of the Qumu Video App for Microsoft® SharePoint 2013®.
The Qumu Video App for SharePoint builds on Qumu’s award-winning Video Control Center platform to deliver a seamless, integrated enterprise video solution within SharePoint that can scale globally for even the largest enterprises. This app is now available in addition to the existing Qumu solution for SharePoint 2010.
Qumu provides SharePoint users with a superior video streaming experience, comprehensive video transcoding, advanced filtering, unrestricted scalability, live video webcasting and more. The Qumu integration focuses on leveraging native SharePoint services, such as SharePoint workflows and content retention policies, allowing SharePoint to treat video content as a unique content type, minimizing IT complexity and cost.
Specific features of the Qumu Video App for SharePoint include:
Native SharePoint 2013 indexing and search retrieval of Qumu video content.
Workflows for video publishing and retention are also native to SharePoint 2013.
Tight integration of video with SharePoint 2013 collaboration and social features, including likes, comments and updates to activity streams.
Configurable SharePoint web parts (video jukebox, carousels and an integrated player) make it easy to embed video collections or individual videos on any SharePoint page.
Support for adaptive streaming formats as well as for legacy Windows Media format.
Network-friendly video delivery from branch caches or Internet CDNs frees SharePoint Web servers from heavy traffic.
Intelligent Qumu Pathfinder engine ensures video distribution works seamlessly to reach any user, anywhere on any device.
SharePoint 2013 app deployment architecture runs the Qumu app outside of SharePoint servers, allowing unlimited video file size without affecting the SharePoint farm performance.
“Our integrated SharePoint solutions have been best sellers for Qumu since 2009,” says Vern Hanzlik, Qumu’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of Qumu. “We’re excited to introduce our latest Qumu Video App for SharePoint 2013, which makes video in SharePoint a seamless integrated experience and introduces a new level of social video collaboration for users.”
The Qumu Video App for SharePoint 2013 on-premises is now available for order; integration with Office 365 will be available in early 2014.
To learn more and see the Qumu Video App in action, register for the upcoming webinar.
*Gartner Magic Quadrant for Video Content Management, 26 September 2013, by Whit Andrews, VP Distinguished Analyst
The year ahead promises significant changes in the business of software, including rapid adoption of Continuous Delivery, a surge in private clouds and growing importance of software developers in non-technical industries
LONDON, UK (Dec. 4, 2013) – Perforce Software today released its predictions for software development and deployment in 2014. The overarching theme of the predictions is the rise of Continuous Delivery – a design practice used to automate and speed up the process of software delivery – and the impact it will have beyond the technology industry.
“Software is no longer something only technology companies produce. Leaders in retail, household goods, aviation, healthcare, education and financial services are all relying on software to keep their organizations at the forefront of innovation,” said Christopher Seiwald, founder and CEO of Perforce. “This has a profound impact on the people working for these organizations as well as industry standards in place today.”
Perforce’s predictions for the coming year include:
Continuous Delivery will become the new normal: Companies relying on software to stay in business won’t risk a potential disaster by relying on big, annual releases only to find the requirements or the market has changed. Through the adoption of Continuous Delivery, software releases cycles will become more frequent and problems will be spotted before they reach critical mass. With the practice gaining more traction, industry thought leaders will come to a consensus on specifically what Continuous Delivery entails and what it does not.
The coming of age of the private cloud: Global concerns stemming from the discovery of the PRISM online surveillance program will spur rapid adoption of private clouds around the world. New, in-country service providers will create solutions with enterprise-grade security built in from the ground-up.
King once and king to be: With software playing such a key role in organizations of all kinds, developers will become the most in-demand employees, and will drive rapid innovation through Continuous Delivery. As software delivery pipelines shrink to reduce the lag between concept and delivery, developers will assume more responsibility for quality, performance and operational monitoring.
“With adequate planning and preparation, forward-thinking organizations can begin the process of implementing Continuous Delivery ahead of their competitors to obtain or maintain industry leadership,” said Seiwald. “We believe there are tremendous opportunities for companies to improve the quality of their products and their responsiveness to the market. We’re excited to partner with the early adopters that the rest of the software industry will soon follow.”
We’re entering the quiet but busy part of a release, whittling down issues to bring you all of the new features you’re excited about with the stability you expect from WordPress. There are just a few days from the “code freeze” for our 3.8 release, which includes a number of exciting enhancements, so the focus is on identifying any major issues and resolving them as soon as possible.
If you’ve ever wondered about how to contribute to WordPress, here’s a time you can: download this release candidate and use it in as many ways as you can imagine. Try to break it, and if you do, let us know how you did it so we can make sure it never happens again. If you work for a web host, this is the release you should test as much as possible and start getting your automatic upgrade systems and 1-click installers ready.
If you think you’ve found a bug, you can post to the Alpha/Beta area in the support forums. Or, if you’re comfortable writing a reproducible bug report, file one on the WordPress Trac. There, you can also find a list of known bugs and everything we’ve fixed so far.
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Miami, December 3, 2013 - Magnolia International has released Magnolia CMS 5.2. The new version delivers the latest Magnolia 5 content management platform to existing Magnolia CMS users, offering a supported upgrade path with dedicated migration tools. Magnolia CMS 5.2 also offers a new REST API and enhanced support for the Groovy scripting language.
“Since the launch in June, new customers have been telling us that Magnolia 5 is the best user interface available for integrating mobile devices,” comments Magnolia’s CTO Boris Kraft. “But we believe it is just as important to deliver this innovation to our existing user base. Version 5.2 now offers all Magnolia users a free, safe and straightforward migration path to the new Magnolia 5 platform.”
Magnolia 5’s new user interface represents a radical rethink of how employees interact with their organization’s web and mobile channels. Users work through intuitive task-focused apps, which can be customized around their job role. Actions and responsibilities are allocated, monitored and managed in real-time through “The Pulse”. Meanwhile the “Favorites” function allows users to create a personalized view of the system, with shortcuts to common tasks and relevant areas (see the Magnolia 5 launch release for details).
Magnolia 5.2 now provides tools for users of Magnolia 4.x to migrate content, along with a step-by-step guide for migrating and testing custom-developed modules and extensions on the new platform.
In addition to the migration tools, Magnolia 5.2 also implements a new REST API, simplifying integration of Magnolia with other applications and online services. The new release also features upgraded support for the popular Groovy scripting language. This allows developers to use Groovy for creating new page templates, apps and functionality. Groovy scripts can also be used to automate repetitive tasks and content updates, dramatically reducing administration overheads and providing an additional tool for users migrating to Magnolia 5.
A full feature overview of Magnolia 5.2 is available at: http://www.magnolia-cms.com/5-2
Magnolia is an open Java CMS that delivers smartphone simplicity on an enterprise-scale. The mobile-inspired HTML5 user interface works through customizable, task-focused Apps, a notification stream called the Pulse, and a system of Favorites for quickly accessing the workspace. Magnolia CMS allows organizations to orchestrate online services, sales and marketing across all digital channels, maximizing the impact of every touchpoint.
Magnolia’s open-source technology, support of open standards such as CMIS and JCR, as well as integration with the Spring Framework, enable developers to unlock back-end systems and third-party applications.
Magnolia CMS enterprise customers include: Abbott Diabetes Care, Allianz, Atlassian, DFAS, EADS, ING Bank, Foxtel, Michelin, Pirelli, Sony, TeliaSonera and US Navy. Magnolia is used in more than 100 countries across the world by governments and leading FORTUNE 500 enterprises.
Magnolia International Ltd. is the creator of both the Open Source Community Edition and Enterprise Licensed Editions of the Magnolia CMS. Full global service, support, implementation, consulting and training for enterprise clients are delivered by Magnolia in collaboration with its international network of qualified partners. Find out more about Magnolia at: http://www.magnolia-cms.com
Organizations are investing time and resources to make the intranet (CIGNEX Datamatics can help) their central destination for all their employee needs. The intranet not only serves as a destination for knowledge management, but also helps to connect employees across all departments. This platform has emerged as a powerful communication tool for internal communications and adding newer dimension and functionalities to cater to all employee needs.
So, what is the secret of keeping intranet dynamic and interesting while making it easy to use?
Here are some Top 10 Must-Have Intranet Features for your enterprise which is sure to grab eyeballs and keep your employees connected.#1 Making Information Discovery Easy
Intranet is loaded with information. How quickly one can locate the relevant information is what counts the success! With an easy navigation in form of Mega-menu information can be located category-wise. Well defined page structure and breadcrumb are a great way to acquaint users with their current location in the intranet. Make the content easy to search with content indexing and advanced search options.
#2 Interactive Hubs for Knowledge Sharing
Storing and sharing information within is very imperative for any employee. Spaces like Document repository to store/upload documents, blogs/forums/articles to share queries and new learning are some of the great ways to preserve and share knowledge across teams and departments. With added functionalities like tags, tag cloud, comments and likes, users get the advantage of quickly locating relevant content and can start interacting with the thought conceiver.#3 Employee Directory
Information on co-workers is most sorted. Details like desk number, email id, department, location etc. are handy bits of information. Reaching out to front desk or HR each time is very time consuming. Employees can quickly browse and search through the directory to read more information.#4 Seamless Content Management
Quality of content is what drives people to Intranet. Freshness and relevance of content is imperative to maintain a high quality. To allow content update independently at each department level, roles can be created for content administrators. This set of users will access the document and perform content updates and modification. This will not only reduce dependency on one team/department, but also encourage fresh and latest content.#5 Mobility
In the age of mobile devices, access through portable devices is must. Employees will prefer to have access anywhere using any device versus going to office and logging to their systems to access the resources and information. Hence, a mobile compatible version is a must.#6 Professional vs Personal Profile
Professional profile can be expanded to include certifications, qualifications and similar information which can help resource managers during allocation of projects. Adding a personal profile like interests, hobbies, and blog links can make it an interesting blend. Adding profile pictures can especially be helpful to search a new face when you plan to meet the person first time.#7 Corners for Recreation
Intranet opens up wide scope for communication thereby promoting camaraderie amongst teams. Spaces like forums and blogs where discussion threads on other topics can be started is a nice way to connect employees. Corners for sharing classified ads, stress buster games, quizzes, puzzles etc. are good ways to give a break to employees at work!
Changing themes in line with festivals, holidays or upcoming events makes the intranet portal interesting. Optionally, themes can be user defined also. Users can also select theme from a set of pre-defined themes. On selection, sections of intranet will be customized as per the selected theme.
Reusability saves time. Hence, organization should promote its employees to share and store reusable elements like documents, templates, applications. This not only saves time, but also allows users to channelize their energy for other productive activities.
An intranet acts as the central knowledge hub, and organization must ensure platform’s flexibility to integrate with other legacy applications within organization. Applications can be connected using SSO and/or LDAP. This reduces the efforts of multiple login and working on different windows. Users can log in from one portal only and browse across other productivity tools and applications.
Open Source Matters invites interested and suitably experienced vendors to submit proposals in respect of providing marketing and communication support services.
The Request for Proposals document can be viewed here:
This Request for Proposals is intended to outline the current situation within the project and suggest areas in which we anticipate vendors will lead and support our 70+ strong volunteers (who form the Marketing Advisory Group) to deliver strategic marketing internationally, thereby positioning Joomla! as a leading Open Source Content Management System.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please ensure that you read the Request for Proposals document thoroughly, taking note of the Submission Timeline, and provide the required information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the deadline.
Open Source Matters expects to contact the successful vendors in March 2014.
To discuss this post please visit the following forum thread: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=828249
Tiki 12 is a Long Term Support (LTS) version, which is supported for 5 years (vs 3.5 years for 9.x LTS). Click below the fold for a list of major new features and enhancements.
Since launching Joomla 3.2 less than two weeks ago, we've watched the most incredible community come together, and we've been inspired every moment along the way. The marketing team created, artwork, infographics and videos.
This is just the beginning. Over the next few weeks, we'll be introducing some exciting new Marketing initiatives. As always, we'll share details on updates as we release them.
A huge thank you to everybody who made this happen!
Members of the 3.2 Marketing team include:
- Christopher Nielsen
- Nick Savov (PLT member volunteer)
- Ryan Bernstein (Volunteer)
- Jonathan Neubauer
- Beat (Volunteer)
- Brook McDonald (content editing)
- Sander Potjer
- Paul Orwig
- Jacques Rentzke
- Hung / JoomlaArt (developing the graphics)
- Mark W. Bender (Joomla Community Magazine)
Special Thanks to the Presentations and tutorials videos team:
- Gary Brooks and cloudaccess.net for contributing the video design and editing
- Ryan Bernstein (cloudaccess.net): Videos coordinator, editing and publishing
- Mark Dexter : Content Versioning
- Beat (joomlapolis.com): User Interface & User Experience Enhancements, Joomla Extension Finder/Install from Web
- Nicholas Dionysopoulos (akeebaBackup.com): Two-Factor Authentication, Rapid Application Development Framework
- Javier Gomez (redcomponent.com): Multilingual Site Automatic Installer
- Sander Potjer (sanderpotjer.nl): ACL for Modules
- Hung and the JoomlaArt team for developing the graphics
Marketing 3.2 Co-Coordinators: Gary Brooks & Jess Dunbar
The newly-forming Joomla! Marketing Working Group is currently looking for new active members from the Joomla community to join our team.
If you know a fellow Joomla community member who has experience in marketing and would be available and suitable for the position, please nominate him or her - you can also nominate yourself. If you are nominating someone else, please make sure that you've asked their permission.
Please keep in mind that this is *not* a voting contest: asking all your acquaintances to nominate or vote for you doesn't give you any bonus points :-)
One of the most common concerns businesses have when they consider adopting a cloud computing solution is that they will have less control over their IT system. Thus, they worry that their data will not be secure enough, and their concern is understandable. Data breaches are expensive, both financial-wise and reputation-wise, and with attacks becoming more and more sophisticated, security has become a top priority. Luckily, adopting cloud computing does not mean that you have to give up security, but you will want to do your research when comparing options.
The Thanksgiving Holiday week has began here in the United States and I decided for a change to unwind by not talking about content management. Instead of talking about software, I'd like to shift gears and talk about cell phones.
After spending a decade with Verizon Wireless and the last four years as a Motorla Droid user, I decided to try something different. For the past two weeks, I've been an owner of the new Google Nexus 5 running on the no contract AT&T MVNO, Consumer Cellular. While there are plenty of reviews available about the Nexus 5 and Consumer Cellular, there isn't a whole lot of verified information how to setup your Nexus 5 on Consumer Cellular.
Present: Michael Babker (PLT), Mike Carson, (OSM), Ruth Cheesley (CLT), Ofer Cohen (OSM), Chris Davenport (PLT), Victor Drover (OSM), Javier Gomez (PLT), Alice Grevet (OSM), Tom Hutchison (PLT), David Hurley (PLT), Peter Martin (CLT), Paul Orwig (OSM), Sander Potjer (CLT), Jacques Rentzke (OSM), Marijke Stuivenberg (OSM), Radek Suski (OSM), Matt Thomas (PLT), Sarah Watz (OSM)
On November 7, 2013 in Boston, the Joomla Project leadership teams (CLT - Community Leadership Team; OSM - Open Source Matters; PLT - Production Leadership Team) met for an all-day joint meeting prior to the Joomla World Conference. The text that follows is the notes from this meeting.
BUDGET DISCUSSION AND PROCESS
(led by Vic Drover, OSM Treasurer)
The financial reports need to be simplified (irrelevant or unused account lines) and shared with all three teams regularly. Orbitz reporting should include more detail.
The budgeting process needs to be done in a more timely fashion.
CLT budget liaison: Olaf Offick; PLT budget liaison: Javier Gomez.
Explore the idea of using the budget to drive project execution for more tangible impact.
Discussions are underway with our accounting firm to allow for team-specific status reports. It requires reworking our entire accounting code structure.
Infrastructure projects: capital projects that are not specific to one team could be proposed during 3 cycles during the year (March/June/August). Projects would need to be requested within those time frames.
Physical address and registration of the project: the state of New York has high taxes. There would be a cost to move to another state (re-register TMs, etc.), but it might be worth the savings in taxation. Investigate moving to a more business-friendly state (Delaware, Texas).
ACTION ITEM: Finalize the budget for 2014 (Vic Drover, Olaf Offick, Javier Gomez)
Marketing ideas, thoughts and brainstorming:
- Joomla in schools and universities: a downloadable kit for speakers to share at schools. Speakers could identify themselves on the future volunteer portal. Consider possible funding to cover expenses.
- A marketing RFP is being put together. Pay careful attention to how creative the applicants’ reporting is and how they collect data.
- We need better monitoring of our SEO link data.
- The CLT is targeting a marketing branding project for next year as a goal with liaisons from each team. This is not a small thing and will take a lot of time. Liaisons are needed from each team. Who are we targeting with our CMS?
- Marketing requires 3-5 years to take off. Where do we want to be 3-5 years from now?
- Make slide decks and style guides available to evangelists for download.
- Focus more on having a presence at events and plan how to present our software at the event.
- Keep a global focus in the RFP process so that desired outcomes are applicable on a global scale.
- Joomla tour in Asia – would need to be carefully planned with translators. It would require locals and need to be held at a neutral venue.
- How to understand our users better? Surveys? How do we capture feedback from those who tried Joomla and moved on?
- Once the current marketing push is finished a marketing team leader should be named who is not on one of the leadership teams. If we’re going to make more committees we need to add more people to our teams.
ACTION ITEM – agree on date when all teams can send a marketing liaison to the main list. Connect liaisons with Marketing Coordinator
- Flyers – suggestions on creating a flyer. It should be available in all languages, and a reimbursement process will need to be figured out. The volunteer portal will be helpful for this kind of thing.
A translation tool is urgently needed not only for the software, but also for promotional materials. It will make marketing more effective and increase participation.
Some improvements in internationalization over the past months:
- Joomla core – step forward in adding languages
- Multilingual installer
- Joomla 3 – Landing page in Spanish & other languages (10 translations)
- Translation of j.org – more prominent pointer to landing pages
- International events are growing
- Launch of the Spanish Joomla Community Magazine
- JUGs – a lot of groups that were inactive are going again
- More and more members of leadership are attending events
- Documentation – we need a method to keep track of English updates to a doc with notifications to translation teams about the changes. A translation extension will monitor this by indicating which little chunk has had a change. Starting with Dutch and Spanish.
Most Wikipedia pages about Joomla in different languages are out of date – they could use some updating.
The continuation of several core translations is in question, and for that we need an integrated translation tool.
The teams discussed several cases of international groups requesting more control over top level domain names in their countries.
Budgeting for professional leadership training and team building would benefit the project. We would need a group that fits our vision and have agreement from all teams. Training could be broken down into chunks and done in different regions. Target areas we want to improve over the next year.
ACTION ITEM: Mike Carson will start research on professional leadership training outfits so that Vic can have some information to create a budget.
Members of the CLT discussed having more of a connection with events. A liaison would be good. Perhaps some teams should not even be under any one leadership team but have liaisons from each team. Events can fall under all teams (i.e. PLT for code sprints, dev conference, etc.).
Coding events should be publicized in such a way that local people can join in.
The teams again discussed flattening the leadership structure. For now we need to work within this structure and each team should focus on its areas. There is a tendency to focus outside those areas. What is the primary focus of each team and are we meeting those goals?
A project management tool would help us all. The CLT has been experimenting with Feng Office (Peter Martin demo-ed this Open Source tool). Eventually the volunteer portal will take the place of this workflow.
When people leave teams we lose continuity. A project management tool would help with that. The volunteer portal will also be for leadership teams, and it will help for continuity.
Deadlines are tricky in a volunteer project. Things need to be broken down into small parts that different people can take on and help out with. Too often leadership tries to take on the work and then becomes the roadblock because of overload. We need a more dedicated focus – don’t do it all yourself, find people in the community to help. We have unlimited volunteer resources. Leadership training would help.
ACTION ITEM: CLT finish evaluation of Feng and make a recommendation. Team to examine tools. Need input from all teams. Peter Martin, Mike Carson.
TESTING RESOURCES FOR PLT
Automated testing resources cover us adequately but not completely. Through Open Source options we have good coverage. We lack a Microsoft server to test against others. We need more resources so we can test. There is not enough testing on non-mysql databases. Having more people to test would really help. We need to budget it for next year.
Email Vic Drover for the link to the form and info for travel/expense reimbursement.
THIRD PARTY EVENT ATTENDANCE
There should be more coordination on attending other events and getting people to represent Joomla, with more measurement of impact.
ACTION ITEM: David Hurley, Mike Carson and Radek Suski will update and curate the list of third party events.
REVIEW OF LEADERSHIP TERMS
Last year all three teams agreed to go to one year terms. Is this process working? How does renewal work? Members wishing to renew send an email to the public list stating goals accomplished and goals for renewal, and then the team votes. OSM hasn’t had any renewals this year.
OSM is voting Bylaws changes – according to these changes and in order to be in line with New York State law, next year everyone will have to be elected again at the same time, at the Annual Meeting. This reinforces one year terms. OSM needs to stagger officer terms so we don’t lose everyone at once.
The CLT has a self-evaluation form to be filled out before asking for term renewal. Their team has three different exit dates coming up, and has just put out a call for nominees.
The question of offering scholarships for people to attend JAB was discussed.
Overall, the process for JWC scholarships was successful with 11 attendees sponsored from India, Cuba, Argentina, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Kenya. The process will improve and allow more time to process visas, etc.
The word “scholarship” makes it sound like it’s only for young people or students, which is not the case. We need to find a better name for it.
There was a discussion about requiring leadership members to fill in a form to request funding to attend leadership summits/events.
ACTION ITEMS FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP TEAM: Change the name from “scholarship” to something else; plan to advertise the form well in advance of the event; create 2 different forms (one general and one for leadership members)
MORE EXPOSURE TO EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS + EDUCATION HUB
Some people speak regularly at schools all around the world about Joomla. It would be good to pool slide decks for presenting Joomla to educational institutions in a hub so that they can be shared, with an explanation of what they were used for. This effort could tie into certification.
ACTION ITEM: Sarah Watz and Ruth Cheesley will work on this idea
This topic was discussed at JAB, and it is important to have a consensus about it. The process of putting out an RFP has fairly wide acceptance. It could be a way to get around discomfort with paid staff positions, although an RFP isn’t appropriate for every kind of service (i.e. management type positions).
Leadership needs to decide what’s most important? Growth, increasing adoption, productivity and progress, or the ideology? It’s a decision we need to make over and over again.
A weakness of our existing structure is that it is hard for us to make decisions on complicated topics. We need a set of internal guidelines to which we all agree.
ACTION ITEM: come up with a unified voting process for all teams. Chris Davenport will find the original rules and share them for discussion.
OVERALL PROJECT GOALS
The rest of the meeting was spent reviewing the overall project goals for 2013, and discussing overall project goals for 2014.
Those discussions will be the topic of a separate, upcoming blog.
Big data is an exciting opportunity for businesses looking for the information they need to use targeted messaging and personalized experiences to boost profits, but the thought of a company having access to all of their online information has many consumers worried. With information about the National Security Agency’s monitoring of email and phone calls, and social networks like Facebook constantly pushing that privacy boundary, it’s only natural that people are concerned about the privacy and security of their data.
A recent survey found that 88 percent of people consider one industry a threat to their online privacy, but there is also very little understanding of who is collecting data and for what purpose. Even among millennials, a group that conventional wisdom deems willing to give up private information, 71 percent feel they need to be careful about what information they share online. While it can be tempting to ignore privacy concerns, after all giants like Google seem to be able to collect it without any real consequences, without developing trust with the consumer the majority of potential value promised by big data will not be realized.
CloudSigma, a public cloud IaaS provider with advanced hybrid hosting solutions, today announced the general availability of advanced network policy management across all its cloud locations. With this new feature, customers can create, manage and apply enterprise-grade networking policies in relation to their cloud infrastructure in a fully integrated way. By removing complexity and stressing usability, CloudSigma’s new networking policy features enable customers to enhance their security, while also saving time.
On November 6th the Joomla Project and Community announced the availability of version 3.2 as a stable release. With about 600 new features and bug fixes, version 3.2 is the biggest release of the CMS ever. In the infographic below 10 new features of Joomla 3.2 are highlighted, Something New for Everyone!
Feel free to share the inforgraphic with your friends on your own blog or website! You can also download a large version of the inforgraphic.
Thank you Dinh Viet Hung and the JoomlArt team for creating this infographic.
Interoute recognized for innovation of its product portfolio and network expansion
London, 21 November 2013 - Interoute, owner operator of Europe's largest cloud services platform, has been named Best European Product or Service at the 2013 Capacity Global Carrier Awards. Interoute received the award at the Capacity Global Carrier Awards at the Hotel Okura in Amsterdam on 19 November, where it was commended for the launch of its HD video conference solution, Interoute SmartPoint.
Acquisition brings fully integrated e-commerce capabilities to Sitecore’s experience platform
Sitecore, a global leader in customer experience management software, announced this week that it has acquired commerceserver.net. Sitecore acquired commerceserver.net from SMITH (formerly Ascentium), a global digital experience agency that builds, sells and supports the Commerce Server e-commerce engine.
SMITH is also a Sitecore Strategic Commerce Alliance Partner and will continue to work with Sitecore and its customers. The commerceserver.net brand, has over 3,000 customers and 25 partners in North America, EMEA, and Asiana spanning retail, manufacturing, e-government, in both business-to-consumer and business-to-business commerce scenarios.
Sitecore’s acquisition lays the foundation for one of the industry’s first .NET based, enterprise-grade Customer Experience Management (CXM) platform with a native, fully integrated e-commerce engine. The integration of e-commerce functionality with Sitecore’s leading experience platform allows marketers to own the experience they deliver to every customer or prospect that engages with their brand, potentially creating high value customers.