Nuxeo (news, site), being quite a busy bee lately, launched their Galaxy Program today. No, astronautical adventures are not included. But, if you are an ECM application and/or solution provider, you can take your coding dreams into the Galaxy and package them up into Content-Enabled Vertical Applications (CEVAs).
Creating Galaxies of Nuxeo Functionalities
In the Nuxeo Galaxy, there's everything but dust and the "dark matter." Based on the open source Nuxeo Enterprise CMS, Galaxy aims to allow for CEVAs to be built, marketed (through Nuxeo’s Solution Marketplace), supported and distributed to customers and the Nuxeo community.
Those using the Galaxy will be able to get development assistance and coaching via Nuxeo Connect, support, built-in billing and payments through the Marketplace module -- quite a comprehensive package.
Nuxeo, seeing the potential for CEVAs to become the next big thing in the ECM space, says that Galaxy is scalable, flexible and cloud-friendly. When coupled with Nuxeo’s global distribution network, this offering may just do the trick for those looking for a vendor providing more than just an open source development/bug-tracking sandbox.
Possible Use Cases for Nuxeo Galaxy
The Nuxeo Galaxy Program can be a suitable platform for developing content-centric applications that solve specific business problems of a specific industry or sector. Some by-the-vertical examples include:
- Construction: Document Management for construction projects
- Pharmaceuticals: Document Management to manage the FDA's new drug approvals
- Engineering: Content Management for a Requirements Management Application
- Government: DAM for Intelligence Agencies
- Publishing: Web Content Management applications for marketers
- Media: Multimedia Editorial System for media outlets, news agencies
- Legal: E-mail archiving for legal departments
Nuxeo makes it point to mention that they specifically target the applications built on top of IBM Lotus Notes/Domino.
To CEVA, or Not to CEVA
Some may argue that CEVAs don’t necessarily require the breadth and depth on an enterprise-level content management platform. At the same time, Nuxeo is flexible enough from the licensing perspective to give freedom to developers looking to try things out before committing. The source code is open and redistributable.
While there's no so-called vendor lock-in, there's a substantial vendor “dependency," if you think of how tightly Nuxeo enwraps you in all the galaxies of their products (which is a logical business decision for any vendor). But in the end, the choice is absolutely yours.