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Jahia Add-On Tool 'Frees' Digital Marketers to Engage

Open source Web CMS provider Jahia wants to empower digital marketers with its latest tool.

The Geneva, Switzerland-based company this week launched Form Factory, which officials say frees digital marketing teams "in the creation and monitoring of their favorite engagement tools."

The add-on comes in the same year Jahia released its Digital Factory 7 which officials at the company say is part of a "rise of the digital industrialization."

TYPO3 Updates Open Source Web CMS Neos

Open source web content management (WCM) provider TYPO3 released a new version of Neos that officials there say improves the user experience for digital marketers in a "smoother" and more "time-saving" way. 

The Baar, Switzerland, open source vendor today releases Neos 1.2 that "offers many convenient new functions and significant improvements that make the everyday work of editors and developers much easier" for a more intuitive workflow.

The update comes a year after version 1.0 was released.

Not a Rumor: Accel-KKR Invests in EPiServer

Say what you will, but sometimes the scuttlebutt that emerges through Twitter (and that we report on) happens to be the truth, or pretty close to it anyways. We can now confirm that Accel-KKR has made a “majority investment” in (and may very well own — read on) EPiServer. This news comes to us direct from EPiServer, which says that it can’t provide further comment right now.

Hats-off to Martin Henricson, CEO of EPiServer, for letting his customers, partners, employees and anyone else who might be affected by the news know that there’s something significant going on.

Ektron: Good or Bad Software? Depends On Who You Ask

2014-08-December-Coin-Toss.jpgSale. Investment. No sale. No investment. Merger with EpiServer. No merger with EpiServer.

Whatever the heck's happening at Ektron, this is a technology company.

And the future of the Nashua, NH-based .NET Web CMS provider comes down to a simple question: Do people like its software?

The answer depends on who you ask. Some say its usability is poor. Others think the product's never been stronger. Some think its lifetime support model is its sweet spot. Others say that support's inconsistent.

"My take is that the product has never been stronger compared to older versions but that the competition in the CMS market is full of strong players that are rapidly expanding into the ‘content marketing’ world," said Chris Chodnicki, co-founder and executive director of strategic partnerships and alliances at R2integrated, a Baltimore-based Ektron partner. "If the funding means Ektron can integrate their product to meet the challenges we are seeing with clients and what other platforms are bringing — and at a very accelerated pace — then this will be welcomed news."

Is Newly Sold Ektron Merging with EPiServer?

It's hard to separate fact from fiction in the continuing saga of Nashua, N.H.-based Ektron.

But we wanted to share the newest rumor this morning — namely, that the company that just bought Ektron is also buying EPiServer and has plans to combine the technologies.

Company President Tim McKinnon, the guy who runs the day-to-day operations at the web content management firm, told CMSWire today that he doesn't know anything about the alleged merger.

But McKinnon also told us yesterday that Ektron's minority investor — a private equity firm called Accel-KKR was not buying the company — just before a document that refutes that statement surfaced online. You can view it in the story here.

Once Red Hot Ektron Reportedly Sells for Paltry Sum

Privately held companies have it easy: they can vaguely boast of double-digit growth, record profits, strong cash balances and bright futures even when reality seems to suggest otherwise. At least that seems to be the case with Nashua, N.H.-based Ektron.

The web content management firm, which was consistently ranked one of the fastest growing tech companies in New England in the early 2000s, seems to have come to a stunningly disappointing end.

(UPDATE: Ektron confirmed to CMSWire this afternoon that it closed a second round of equity funding with Accel-KKR, but stopped short of acknowledging a sale.

In a conversation with CMSWire's Virginia Backaitis, Ektron President Tim McKinnon claimed the company is profitable and growing — and contended that rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated.

In a press release issued mid-afternoon today, McKinnon stated that the Accel-KKR investment "provides strong support for Ektron as it delivers upon its vision and mission to provide solutions to customers," and adding that the company is "well positioned for continued growth in 2015."

Greg Williams, managing director at Accel-KKR and a member of the Ektron board, noted in the statement that the private equity firm has been "more than impressed by the momentum, profitable growth in the business and the results the team at Ektron have been achieving."

The press release contains no comments from — or makes any mention of — Ektron CEO and co-founder Bill Rogers.)

Pantheon Hires a Heavy Hitter to Lead Its Marketing

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Tectonic plates are shifting in the CMS market and at Pantheon, a start-up that came to market just over two years ago and is actively positioning itself to be the leader. And in the increasingly open source area of the web content management, you can’t to do that without a heavy hitter who knows both marketing and how to engage with developers.

That’s why Matt Stodolnic, a Pivotal, VMWare and SpringSource vet, is a perfect fit for Panthoen. He has joined the company as its senior vice president of marketing and alliances.

Is a Private Equity Firm Buying Ektron?

BOSTON — Rumblings that a private equity firm is buying web content management system (CMS) provider Ektron swept through the Gilbane Conference at the Renaissance Marriott Hotel in Boston this week.

Although sources were not willing to go on record with CMSWire, one industry insider told CMSWire that an acquisition was forthcoming — and that it did not involve another technology firm. The source did not respond when asked directly if the sale involved a private equity firm. 

Earlier this year, Ektron closed a growth equity funding round led by Accel-KKR. The company stated at the time that this minority investment, the company's first institutional round, will enable it to accelerate product and company expansion. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Neither Greg Williams, managing director at Accel-KKR and a member of the Ektron board, or Ektron employees immediately responded to our email requests for comment.

What's New in December for Open Source CMS

It's a big day for Skien, Norway-based eZ Systems, which released the latest version of its flagship open source content management system this morning.

The company describes the new release, eZ Publish 5.4, as more agile, more powerful and easier to learn and use than previous versions. Just as significantly, it's the last of the current 5.x generation.

"With 5.4, we’ve carved out a clear path to upgrade to our next generation, which will definitely be a release you should consider upgrading to, whatever your plans are," Roland Benedetti, Chief of Product and Marketing at eZ Systems, noted in a recent blog post.

The next generation platform will replace the legacy kernel with a new kernel and new APIs and advance the Symfony framework introduced in eZ Publish Platform 5.x. It will also offer a new user interface that Benedetti claims will provide "a significantly improved user experience to anyone working with content."

Trends in Web Content Management From #jboye14

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I've been to my fair share of J. Boye events both in Philadelphia and in Denmark, and always come away with the same conclusion: J. Boye events are different. They're more than just traditional conferences, they’re really centered around networking and sharing knowledge among peers in a friendly atmosphere. It’s an event organized by people with a passion and deep understanding of the online space, not built around the wishes of vendors (read sponsors). This three day event filled with interesting speakers from around the globe leaves you feeling like part of the J. Boye community.

Turn to a Platform to Tame Your Web CMS Chaos

The last thing you want in a web content management system (CMS) is something kludgy.

Josh Koenig preaches this — and he knows the industry well. He's co-founder and head of developer experience for Pantheon, a San Francisco-based website platform for Drupal and Wordpress sites.

Where should web CMS users be headed in 2015 and beyond? In a webinar hosted by Pantheon and CMSWire yesterday, Koenig said the best option is a platform that leverages open source technology.

"A good platform lets you realize full value of open source," said Koenig, who's also the co-founder of Chapter Three, a San Francisco-based Drupal agency. Platforms, he added, make managing websites easier and faster, and helps drive standardization in an organization's web development and management processes.

Newcomer Bluetrain.io Claims it's a 'True Cloud CMS'

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Officials at startup web content management system (CMS) provider Bluetrain.io claim their platform shakes up the cloud CMS world.

They're so confident that they boast they can take on the Acquias, Pantheons, Sitecores, Drupals and WordPresses of the world. In an interview with CMSWire, Bluetrain.io officials said their CMS platform is better because it's a multi-tenant, multi-client, multi-brand offering and the first multi-site cloud CMS that's natively responsive.

The platform is the brainchild of Web CMS veterans who have worked on the most popular systems in the world, said Steffan Berelowitz, CEO and co-founder of Cambridge, Mass.-based Bluetrain.

"What innovation we can bring to CMS industry?" Berelowitz asked. "Most platforms were never designed to be multi-surface and multi-screen but most were designed as single instance architecture and never benefited from massive scalability of the cloud."

What's New in November for Open Source CMS

It's been a, well, interesting month for free and open source content management systems (CMS) communities.

Thousands of websites running Drupal, one of the world's most popular open source CMSs, may have been compromised by a "highly critical" security flaw. But Imperva, an IT security firm, claims attacks against WordPress, the world's most popular CMS, are even more prevalent.

Jahia named the ever mobile Kevin Cochrane — the former CMO of Mindjet, the former CMO of Open Text and former vice president of digital marketing at Adobe — to its board of directors. But no one, including Cochrane, has yet addressed his abrupt departure from Mindjet. Could Cochrane be planning to relocate from San Francisco to take up an office and deeper role with Jahia in Paris?

Ghost, a relatively new CMS created by John O’Nolan — former deputy head of the WordPress user experience team — continues to wow critics who, for obvious reasons, keep comparing the platform to WordPress. O'Nolan, meanwhile, who funded the project with a $300,000 Kickstarter campaign, just keeps creating. His recent efforts extend to creating a company culture. We'll let him explain: 

We’re very much trying to choose our culture and make it one that we’re proud of. We encourage open and frank debate, but always with civility. … Recently we also published a set of clear community guidelines. The crux of it is pretty straightforward: Don’t be a dick."

With that in mind, let's take a look at what's new in free and open source CMS this month.

Acquia's Digital Experience Platform Gets Personal #AcquiaEngage

The customer experience train takes a pitstop in Boston with Acquia. Well, Acquia doesn't imagine the train stopping exactly.

Targeting the ever-increasing customer need to feel loved, Acquia this morning at its first customer conference debuted the "Acquia Platform," which company officials say upends proprietary, siloed IT models and brings together seven years of Acquia’s innovation around open source.

It's all about targeting customers' needs and desires through metrics like conversion, satisfaction and loyalty.

Where's Marketing's Kevin Cochrane? Jahia Knows

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Remember Kevin Cochrane — the former CMO of Mindjet, the former CMO of Open Text and former vice president of digital marketing at Adobe? Guess where he’s just popped up — apparently just a day after leaving Mindjet? At open source Web Content Management (WCM) vendor Jahia.

As of today, Cochrane will sit on the board of Jahia. He will initially serve in an advisory capacity, although Jahia CEO Elie Auvray says that the role of advisor could grow as the company grows.

Serious Drupal Flaw May Have Compromised Thousands of Sites

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Thousands of websites running one of the world's most popular open source web content management systems (CMS) may have been compromised by a "highly critical" security flaw.

The team at Drupal acknowledged last week that a vulnerability that affected every site running Drupal 7 was about as bad as it could get — and that websites that did not update or patch promptly should probably assume the worst.

"If you did not update your site within seven hours of the bug being announced, we consider it likely your site was already compromised," the team noted in a security announcement.

Getting to the Center of Customer Experience

2014-31-October-Center-of-the-Universe.jpgThink of the last time you had dinner at a four-star restaurant. Was the food well-presented, the wine pairings appropriate and the dessert tray enticing? Did you receive professional and attentive service? Was the ambience elegant, pleasant and soothing? And — most importantly — would you go back?

Your customers ask themselves the same sorts of questions after using your website or app, and your CMS — how you manage and deliver content to your customer — lays at the heart of their experience. It should be the core of your customer experience management (CXM) strategy. By placing the CMS in the keystone position, you can assemble information from multiple back office and third party sources to deliver compelling customer experiences across devices and platforms. And that's the whole game, right there. 

Let's Get the WCM out of the ECM

2014-29-October-Split-Wood.jpgFor years now, it's been obvious to many web professionals that Web Content Management (WCM) requires a Content Management System (CMS) designed specifically for managing web content. The evolution of WCM systems has been rapid and has grown, forcing a change in terminology to include “experience” in the vendor’s preferred Three Letter Acronym (TLA).

In the meantime, the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) space is fighting to maintain its relevance as the end-all, be-all of content management. The all or nothing approach worked well a decade ago but people are demanding changes from software at a rate that large ECM vendors cannot deliver. Rather than make the changes that need to be made to their offerings, these vendors are holding onto old mindsets. The industry needs to realize that ECM and WCM have gone in different directions and need to permanently sever their bonds.

Inside Acquia's Gartner Ascension, Web CMS' Next Road Trip

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The verdict's been in a while now regarding Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management Systems.

The question now is where does the space go from here? Where's the innovation in 2015?

The convergence of content, community and commerce will continue to fuel innovation, the CMO of one of Gartner's leaders told CMSWire.

"Open platforms will unify these pieces into one cohesive customer experience, where content-driven brand stories will seamlessly integrate with commerce portals on sites," Tom Wentworth, CMO of Gartner leader Acquia, told CMSWire.

The proliferation of digital experiences will continue to become more contextually relevant, Wentworth also said, because marketers will "break down silos of data to paint a more complete picture of what a customer wants and needs at a specific time and place."

A longtime Web CMS user, meanwhile, said he hopes vendors will make a deep dive into analytics capabilities in the coming year.

You Are Not Building a Website

2014-15-October-HTML-blah-blah-blah.jpgAre you about to implement a content management system? Do you want to make sure that technology investment pays off? There’s one thing you need to keep in mind.

You are not building a website.

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