The game is rapidly changing in the web content management space, with the impact of mobile, cloud and social shaping organization's WCM requirements and vendors evolving to meet those needs.

Push to the Cloud

dotCMS is the latest to get cloudy in this space. The Miami, FL-based content management vendor does so with the release of version 2.5. The end goal? Provide a publishing platform for large scale content management deployments.

customer experience,dotCMS 2.5 Steers Web Content Management Platform into Cloud

 

The features from this new version, called Push Publishing, include:  

  • Browser-based administration. Web-based Administration UI manages remote servers 
  • One and two-way synchronization. This is for syncing content changes between servers
  • Push spring web and OSGi applications. According to dotCMS, this is for remotely publishing Web applications
  • Scriptable deployments. End users, dotCMS says, can build "downloadable, repeatable bundles" that can be deployed

Change for dotCMS

The open source CMS provider's last release -- version 2.3 in May -- did not include cloud capabilities. Since March of 2012, its now released five versions, and today is the first into the cloud.

The last update included responsive themeing, and added tools like a link checker and a feature called time machine that shows what older site designs or even future site designs look like. The version in May allowed developers to build a common site that will look the same across devices, but still be flexible enough to allow for responsive css frameworks as well.

Getting Cloud-y

dotCMS, which we discussed earlier this year as one of the leading education-focused web content management platforms, joins vendors like Ektron and a growing list of WCM providers offering a hosted version of its own web content management platform.

Cloud-based models are growing in a large part because organizations want to save money. WCM vendors getting their platforms in a cloud environment have determined that managed hosting is a next logical step.  

Further, the July Gartner MQ for WCM 2013 report that indicates many organizations desire a better business impact from their online presence. And that, of course, means more demands being placed on their WCM.

If you want better customer experience management, e-commerce, digital marketing, multichannel marketing and website consolidation, you’re collaborating inside your organization to improve your WCM. Gartner expects growth in 2013 at 12 percent, and that means we’ll have a business worth US$ 1.4 billion by next year.

Ultimately cloud remains a big challenge for enterprise IT, security and regulations. Where organizations once built software that would delegate a lot of the performance, scalability and reliability to underlying hardware infrastructure, cloud capabilities are changing the industry’s thinking.