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Alfresco, a leader in cloud content,  is holding two summits in November, as well as participating in a large Salesforce conference — Dreamforce, which runs from Nov. 18 to 21 in San Francisco. The company summits will be in Barcelona, Spain from Nov. 4 to 7 and in Boston on Nov. 15 to 17. Expect to see lots of product demos, in depth how-to guides, lectures and sessions with some of the company's executives and experts. 

What the company won't be announcing at Alfresco Summit is a forthcoming initial public offering. That news could be at least three years away, said Doug Dennerline, Alfresco CEO said recently.


Excluding WordPress, there's probably no company as busy in the open-source world as Acquia and Drupal. There are webinars, development days, meetups and training sessions almost every day of the month in the Acquia world. Highlights for November:  the Lucene/SOLR Revolution EU 2013 conference from Nov. 4 to 7 in Dublin, Ireland and the Amazon AWS re:Invent conference from Nov. 12 to 15 in Las Vegas.

Acquia continues to bolster its marketing tools with the recent launch of a partner program that harnesses some of the best marketing technologies right inside the Acquia cloud.


Hippo is attending the Forrester Forum for Customer Experience Professionals Nov. 19 and 20 in London, a similar event to one CMSWire attended in Los Angeles in early October. Hippo, however, did not attend that event.


Jahia plans to announce a new partner program in November that focuses on training and certifying  teams to ensure high quality to customer service. The company also plans to release a new version of its website. Jahia recently launched Jahia xCM 6.6.2 and Jahia Wise 1.8. These new versions provide higher performance for strategic digital portals of large organizations. The company reported it had the best semester ever in the first half of 2013 with a growth of more than 70 percent compared to the first half of 2012.


Joomla expects to announce the release of the latest version of its CMS, Joomla 3.2. The newest CMS will contain a record number of new features and improvements. There's also Joomla's flagship conference, the Joomla World Conference  from Nov. 8 to 10 at Harvard University's Joseph B. Martin Conference Center in Boston.

Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress, will give a keynote at the conference. Also taking the stage will be Ethan Marcotte, named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the 100 most creative people in business. Attendees will be able to learn more about CMS software, learn how to build web applications with Joomla and connect with others in the Joomla community. Joomla user groups will be held in the following cities and dates:

  • Joomla User Group Hamburg (Germany) on Nov. 5.
  • Joomla User Group Tokyo Meetup on Nov. 13.
  • JoomlaDay(s) Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 15 and 16. Presentations will focus on security, SEO and development. 
  • Joomla User Group London (JUGL) Meetup on Nov. 19. Users will discuss plans to rebuild the JUGL website as well as build a new extension.
  • JoomlaDay(s) Mexico City on Nov. 27 and 28, focusing on where Joomla is now and where the community and CMS will go in the future.


Magnolia CTO Boris Kraft will be attending the three day J. Boyle Web and Intranet conference from Nov. 5 to 7  in Aarhus, Denmark. Main topics will be branding, content, strategy, going mobile and SharePoint. There's also a webinar at 9 a.m. PDT on Nov. 12 that will focus on the needs of the financial industry and how companies can use Magnolia to manage content across devices in a secure way.