There are few surprises in today’s official release of Jahia 7 — but only because Jahia disclosed most of its features and functionality during JahiaOne, its international user conference in Paris this past February.

While the general release of Jahia 7 is interesting, what is just as interesting for future developments of this open source content management system (CMS) vendor is the development of its vision and strategy around what it calls Digital Industrialization. 

Uninterrupted, Optimized

Digital industrialization suggests the development of an uninterrupted, optimized and continuous workflow of digital experiences, from the identification of a business need to the delivery of a solution to meet that need. It offers organizations the ability to respond to business needs quickly and automatically as part of the organizations digital evolution, the company noted.

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Jahia's  production model

In practical terms, this means that distributed development across the organization is completely secured and integrated with both the code server and the private apps forge.

For business workers and developers, it also offers the almost unheard of advantage of allowing them to collaborate in real-time on fast and short iterations that result in the development of a component that can be shared securely across the enterprise through the private apps forge.

In other words, as soon as a component is ready for use, it is made available for download in what is effectively an internal and private app store.

This also means that  the Total-Cost-Of-Ownership (TCO) and time-to-market of digital projects decrease because of its ability to reuse modules and components from the private apps forges.

Inside Jahia 7

All this is through the Jahia 7 release. According to Jahia’s CEO, Elie Auvray, it brings the ability to develop collaboratively with marketing teams and deploy modules and apps securely thanks to Private App Forges.

It 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."

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 Jahia Digital Factory Content type: from the edit mode, lists of all available content

Jahia 7 comes with a wide range of functionality and also represents a milestone in the development of Jahia itself. With the release of Jahia 7, the company has introduced the following changes:

  • JahiaxCM, the open source java CMS, is being renamed to Jahia Digital Factory.
  • Jahia Wise, which provides document sharing, collaboration and social communities, will now be known as Jahia Workspace Factory.
  • Jahia Studio, where the customer experience components are built, has been improved and paired with Jahia 7.
  • Jahia 7 also introduces Private App Stores.

Jahia’s Vision

Ahead of today’s release, Auvray explained the thinking behind the changes and gave us a guided tour of Jahia 7 and its features. The first thing to note, he said, is that if Jahia 7 is a major release with some notable changes across the Jahia portfolio, it is part of a roadmap that was carefully developed by the company from the very beginning.

Yes, there are significant new products. And yes, there are some name changes around the existing products, but it is all designed to keep everything in line with the Digital Industrialization strategy, which in itself is a development of the original agile CMS thinking that has characterized Jahia since the beginning. Auvray told us:

There are a lot of companies that promise easy to use interfaces and promise their clients easy and agile interfaces that will be accessible to all the people in the organization that need to use it, even those who have no technology background. But the problem is delivery. Most of them don’t deliver.

Integration providers offer organizations the promise of aggregating and interacting with all the organization's applications with the click of a button [mouse]. Again, most can’t deliver on this. We not only offer this, but we also deliver it through light weight APIs and easy-to-use interfaces."