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Google Does Web CMS (finally)

Oh my Googleness, they've done us in now. Call it CMS colored glasses, but we can't help but describe the new Google Page Creator as Google's less than subtle entry to small business Web CMS.

Sure you can argue that Blogger.com long predates. No doubt about it. That's true. But here we have Pages, not Posts. And as members of the CM Pros community, we are downright obliged to state that dem ain't the same things.

Open Source CMS Comparative Review

Seth Gottlieb, Content Management Practice Lead of Optaros, recently published a white paper comparing 15 open source CMS offerings.

The stated goal was primarily to assess the utility of the resources (books, online documentation, and community/forum support) for a given CMS offering, but each assessment also contains a quick overview of the product and describes its basic use and a few architectural details. Seth puts the onus back on the consumer for the assessment of system fitness, stating quite reasonably that this depends greatly on the project requirements.

For those of you in the midst of a very time consuming CMS product assessment exercise, this report is worth getting your hands on.

Content Management Problems and Open Source Solutions

Quantum Art Leaps

Quantum Art, a San Francisco-based Content Management and Web Publishing vendor announces strong growth through 2005 with record profitability. As the company continued seeing greater demand for its content application server QP7.Framework, and new on-demand offering QP7.Subscribe, Quantum Art tripled its revenues and improved margins.

Customer Focus: Getting to Truly Know Your Customers

Asking people directly what they think can confuse them and lead them to make poor choices. Giving them too much choice makes them choose less, and regret the choices they make.

Kentio Web CMS Supports .NET 2.0

The latest release of the Kentico Web CMS now supports both ASP.NET 1.1 and the emerging Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0 platform, Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005.

The platform options support both developer preferences and migration status as well as the potential to take advantage of Microsoft's free Express Editions of Visual Web Developer and SQL Server 2005.

Getting Started with SharePoint WebParts (again)

MSDNWe previously posted a tip sheet on Getting Started with SharePoint WebParts. Kindly supporting us in these endeavors, our dear friends over at MSDN have published a chapter from the book Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Inside Out.

Justify Your Web CMS Project Cost

At some point, someone will ask you to justify your Web content management system (Web CMS) project. Fortunately, there is a business case to be made for a Web CMS on both the cost and revenue sides of the ledger.

If no one is requesting a business rationale and the project is proceeding regardless, reconsider your bearings. All major technology efforts beget tough decisions and difficult trade-offs, so it is best to have a business plan in place as a touchstone to keep the team focused-especially if your CFO will be writing big checks to outside vendors.

…read Tony Byrne's full article in this month's AIIM E-Doc magazine.

SharePoint Portal and SharePoint Services Updated

Microsoft SupportMicrosoft has release service pack two (SP2) for Office Sharepoint Portal Server (SPS) and Windows SharePoint Services (WSS). There's no big excitement here save for sys admins who might be tired of SPS/WSS stability and performance issues.

Get to Gilbane, ECM CMS Conference

Hey we're four weeks off the next Gilbane CMS conference. This one runs November 29th through December 1st at the Westin Copley Place, Boston. The agenda covers new technologies and of course blogging, RSS, wiki's, and then some good old staple around Enterprise Content Management (ECM) best practices and implementation lessons.

Open Source CMS, Mambo to Joomla

Joomla Open Source CMSThe full and true story about what has happened to the well-known Mambo Open Source CMS is not known to me, nor am I that interested in investigating it. A simpler bit of information is that a significant number of the Mambo core dev team have now created the Open Source Matters (OSM) foundation, have rebranded Mambo as Joomla and are now developing and making releases based on a stable Mambo code snapshot.

Developing the Sitellite CMS Open Source Community

Canadian-based Simian Systems produce the Sitellite CMS in both open-source and commercial flavors. Sitellite is a PHP based Web CMS, built on the Sitellite Application Framework (SAF) and increasingly sprouting some enterprise features.

Recently announced, Simian has launched Sitellite Forge a Sitellite community website geared to increase collaboration and code sharing in the community. To get things started a Sitellite add-on contest is spinning the wheels up, with prizes ranging from iPods to commercial Sitellite licenses.

TYPO3 Web CMS Book

typo3-book.jpgOur like minded chums at Packt publishing have put out another very practical Content Management book.

This one is entitled “TYPO3 Enterprise Content Management”.

Its a cross between a tech book and a parable that in the end serves a number of audiences well and manifests a dream longstanding in the TYPO3 community.

Hurricane Katrina and the Dot Com Bubble

There has never been more information. And that's exactly the problem. Too much information too quickly published is just as bad as too little.

Web CMS Content Classification and Taxonomy Integration

PaperThin CommonSpotPaperThin, a mid-market Web Content Management (CMS) vendor has announced advanced content classification and discovery capabilities in their CommonSpot Content Server version 4.6. The product's taxonomy module now provides out-of-the-box taxonomy management for Web content administrators and contributors. New features include a taxonomy term editor and a taxonomy API, along with a facet-based navigation element.

BEA and Day to Bridge Enterprise Content Repositories

BEA and Day Software, a provider of content management and content infrastructure software, today announced that they have entered into an alliance to deliver a JSR 170-compliant connector for BEA WebLogic Portal.

The Day repository connector is designed to enable BEA WebLogic Portal to interact with enterprise content repositories, such as Day's Content Repository Extreme (CRX), that are compliant with the new JSR 170 industry standard.

Verisign Grabs Moreover Technologies

In a move rumored to be worth between $25 and 30 mil, Verisign has announced the acquisition of London-based Moreover Technologies. This follows closely on the heels of Verisign's $2.3 mil acquisition of Dave Weiner's weblogs.com and the related ping server.

Content Managment & Personalization

Content Management Professionals (CM Pros), the international professional association for content management experts, today announced the speaker line-up for its Fall 2005 Summit, to be held at the Westin Copley in Boston, Massachusetts on November 28.

Interwoven ECM Conference, London

InterwovenThe Interwoven GearUp '05 Europe conference is scheduled to kick off next week in London, featuring presentations from world-class ECM customers; over 20 leading partner sponsors; developers; and other ECM industry experts. The event's theme reflects a fundamental focus for European enterprises and professional services firms: learning to 'Profit from Your Content.'

PaperThin Named to Deloitte's Fast 50

PaperThin, a mid-market Web Content Management (CMS) vendor has again been named to Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 Program for New England. The program is a ranking of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in New England by Deloitte & Touche.

The company has achieved over 300 percent revenue growth over the past five years.

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Beta 2 Released

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Beta 2 is now available for download. Also known as the 1.8 Beta 5 milestone, this is the last beta release of the next major Firefox update and is aimed at testers, extension/theme authors and Web developers. The final release of Firefox 1.5, is scheduled for later this year.

Firefox 1.5 Beta 2 can be downloaded from the Firefox project page.