The Jahia Solutions Group recently sent us a message through our good friend Anne de Forsan. They wanted to let us know that Jahia 7 will be unveiled during JahiaOne. JahiaOne is Jahia's first International User Conference which will be held in Paris for two days, February 6-7, 2014. The open source vendor is presenting this new generation Java CMS solutions at the conference. They're also focused on their own vision of "Digital Industrialization".
Jahia's Digital Industrialization is about an uninterrupted, optimized and continuous production flow of digital experience, from the business need to its final digital rendering. Jahia believes this is now possible thanks to a new approach where distributed development is secure and fully integrated with code server and private apps forge. Developers and business users can collaborate in fast and short iterations to deliver validated components that would be made available to the entire organization via a private apps forge. In this vision, project after project, the total cost of ownership and time-to-market of digital projects continues to decrease thanks to the ability to reuse modules and components from the private apps forges.
Elie Auvray, CEO at Jahia Solutions Group sees Jahia 7 as game changing on two fronts. In a recent statement, he states:
Jahia 7 delivers two game-changing capabilities: it brings the ability to develop collaboratively with Marketing teams AND deploy modules and apps securely thanks to Private App Forges. This is the end of the tunnel effect era: because they can now truly work together, developers and marketers can deliver business solutions faster. Decision makers validate recent developments that are made available to the entire company through private forges. Everyone can then use and reuse - safely - these modules and applications for all new digital initiatives without compromising neither the assets of the company nor its critical projects. You no longer spend blindly, you invest without sacrificing marketing velocity, but instead, by augmenting it. This is the double promise of Digital Industrialization.
The excerpt above might sound like a typical "sales pitch", but having met Jahia's CEO I also know he and Jahia have a good chance of delivering on promises made. Last May at the CMS Expo in Chicago, I not only chatted with Elie but during a demo of their product suite came to appreciate Jahia's CMS but also the development tools they have to offer developers and site owners. Jahia has worked for years in bringing both developers and marketers together to deliver better business solutions. Jahia's Digital Innovation isn't some future far-off vision but a milestone that Jahia believes it is ready to deliver today.
At JahiaOne, Jahia 7 will be presented to the public for the first time. During the two-day user conference, developers, users, clients and partners will be able to meet, share their experience and review Jahia 7. While the conference is still a few months away, below is a list of four key strengths we expect to find from Jahia 7:
1) Distributed development to industrialize the development by combining control and agility.
Jahia 7 brings many new improvements based on the integration of Jahia Studio, its unique UX builder with shared source repository. Several developers can work on the same subject, independently from where they are located, directly on the integration server or from their desktop. All sources modifications are pushed to a repository to which the Studio is linked. Changes are versioned in the source repository and all changes can be tested on the same server to verify compatibility and to actually develop with agile methodology.
2) Agile Deployment.
Two major enhancement now allow for agile and faster deployments:
- The integration of OSGi allows the hot-deployment of modules without downtimes or restarts
- The introduction of Private Enterprise Apps Forge where all validated modules and business applications are made available and versioned for administrators to decide whether to deploy them or not. This centralized and secure Forge allows for unlimited reuse of previously developed modules and for instant deployment on as many instances as needed. Both TCO and time-to market are drastically reduced, project after project. The apps forge can be declared fully private within your entire organization and/or shared with your integration partner.
3) Dynamic Content.
Marketing teams get control over their main objectives: ensure brand consistency through all their sites and adapt their content to each required channel for the best possible user experience. They benefit from an entire autonomy to create, at will, any global and localized digital initiatives, manipulate any type of content, assemble full-fledged sites based on pre-defined templates and socially engage visitors by just drag and dropping related modules and validated content.
4) Guaranteed Update.
Jahia 7 comes with a fully secured and guaranteed update process to protect former investments in Jahia.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of data recovery, information management and e-disclosure products and services, today announced its 11th annual list of the top 10 data disasters from 2013. For the last 11 years, Kroll Ontrack has annually been collecting and publishing a list of the 10 most interesting data losses from its offices around the globe.
"Working for a large company no longer means job security, it just means you work for a large company."
Jacob Morgan, Chess Media Group, "Why Big Company Doesn't Mean Job Security", Forbes, November 14, 2013.
Magnolia International today celebrates ten years since the first release of its open source web content management system. During this time the company has built a customer base of nearly 200 global clients, with expected revenues for 2013 of over $7.6 million.
Agility Inc.’s co-founder Jonathan Voigt, previously CTO, is taking over as CEO to provide leadership and a focused vision moving forward. Heading into 2014, the company is planning to expand its team to offer premium services and extended support to meet the growing needs of its customers and partners.
Hippo, Capgemini and ASP4all win Partner of the Year for work with Dutch National Police at Computable Awards 2013
Hippo is pleased to announce that its work with the Dutch National Police alongside ASP4all and partner Capgemini was recognized with a Computable Award in the category of Partner of the Year. Hippo began working with the Dutch Police in 2012, when a political decision merged the 27 local Dutch police corps into one central, national police force. Together with the reorganization, the Dutch Police reinvented its digital communications, employing marketing strategies including highly localized relevance and personalization to engage citizens in an increasingly transparent and cooperative approach to fighting crime. With Hippo, the National Police consolidated over 360 individual websites into one new website www.politie.nl. This new website provides a seamless, centralized web experience, bringing locally-relevant and instantly updated content to citizens across web, mobile and social channels.