Day Software released three new editions of CRX, Day’s famed JSR-170-compliant Java Content Repository (JCR). These new goodies will make some developers and CIOs salivate -- especially those looking for leaner content infrastructure solutions based on Day’s commercial implementation of Apache Jackrabbit and Apache Sling.
In a nutshell, developers get free access to the CRX; and enterprises can get the CRX cheaply, on the pay-as-you-go model. Is that all? Not really. The impact on the entire Enterprise and Web Content Management industries may be a lot larger.
What’s CRX Again?
Day’s Web CMS product is built on top of CRX. The CRX is an industrial-strength content repository that connects a wide range of existing data resources with web 2.0 applications (like blogging, wikis, search, tagging, etc.)
Day’s New CRX Editions at a Glance
You need enterprise-level web app capabilities, but you don’t feel like spending much money on a content infrastructure platform. Proceed and choose from the following:
CRX for Enterprises
Free CRX for Developers
What’s In the CRX for You?
Day’s latest CRX releases have the potential to increase the speed of web development, while decreasing IT costs (a very alluring proposition in this era of tiny IT budgets). New CRX editions give the almost-like-open-source opportunity to break away from code lock-in found in so many proprietary platforms of commercial WCM and ECM vendors. Built on the foundation of the core Apache Jackrabbit and Apache Sling projects, CRX offers:
- Scalable, cloud-ready architecture
- Virtual repository consolidation
- Rapid application development
CMS by the Slice Model
Without getting too deep into terminology, ECM and WCM vendors have different names for this model: subscription model, or "by-the-slice," or as-you-go licensing model. Day is not the first vendor to explore the subscription-based licensing model.
Alfresco has a subscription-based model. The yearly subscription is based on the number of CPUs and starts at US$ 10, 000. Coincidentally, Day’s CMO Kevin Cochrane just left the Alfresco building not so long ago. Surely, a pure coincidence, but couldn’t help but mention that.
Ingeniux -- a traditional, Microsoft-oriented commercial Web CMS vendor -- started selling its Ingeniux CMS “by the slice” last year starting at around US$ 1,900 per month. Ingeniux though sells it not as a subscription, but as a SaaS model.
Speaking of SaaS…
CMS by the Slice Model vs. SaaS CMS
SpringCM, Clickability, OmniUpdate and the likes will have to work so much harder now that traditional Web CMS vendors are starting to offer their core functionality in smaller, more easily digestible slices. There is hardly a better way to attract customers with this initial proposal and retain them long-term as their content management and web application needs grow.
CMS by the Slice Model vs. Open Source CMS
With new offerings from Day, one would imagine that some open source (as well as hybrid open source) vendors in the Java space may think about taking advantage of Day’s platform to beef up their own products.
Let’s think about Hippo CMS, for example. Very recently, Hippo CMS 7.0 was released. The product’s architecture is Apache-based. Day’s new CRX offerings seem like a perfect marriage scenario to complement Hippo.
Is CQ5 in Danger?
Customers are looking for cheaper solutions, and vendors are doing their best to come up with appropriate offerings. While this is, certainly, very exciting news for Day, we can’t help but wonder whether the new CRX editions will put Day’s core offering -- CQ5 Web CMS -- in danger?
One of the benefits of Day’s new CRX releases is that it will aid in building the community around Apache Sling. Logically, Day’s CRX editions and core CQ5 product are speaking to different audiences (plus, the CRX editions may bring additional revenue). But if the only benefit of paying the big bucks for the full-blown CQ5 is its sexy drag&drop, AJAX-y interface -- is it really worth it? In other words, is this new venture going to water down and devalue the main product, or open it up and strengthen it?