In one corner, we have Hippo CTO Arjé Cahn, expouding the merits of open source CMS.
In the other, we have Bryan Soltis, Technical Evangelist at Kentico Software, a Web Content and Customer Experience Management provider, espousing the virtues of proprietary systems.
During a debate on the web-based CMS-Connected program, both men "passionately defended their positions," we're told.
"The main difference between the two is that, in an enterprise setting, I don't want to rely on a community to provide me with the answers. I want to go to the source, to the vendor who wrote the software, to solve my business problem," Soltis said.
Cahn, however, "debunked the myth" that open source lacks support. "We built a very sustainable company. We've been around for 15 years, providing support of an open source platform and do that incredibly well. We have really great customers, partners, analyst coverage ...We're a very decent company and take great pride in supporting our customers and making sure they succeed in their digital strategy.
But why not see for yourself?
If you use eZ Systems, you are may already be benefitting from a range of improvements, bug fixes and refinements of the eZ Publish Platform. Last month, the team issued multiple minor releases.
All users in production are advised to upgrade — and remember: the core development team is still working hard on the forthcoming beta for eZ Platform and eZ Studio.
In addition, eZ announced more about eZ Conference 2015, which will be held at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Nov. 3 through 5.
UX design goddess Karen McGrane and digital mastermind/British accent holder Paul Boag will be the keynote speakers. You can learn more info about their general awesomeness, and ways to buy tickets here.
The eZ Content Technology Conference will hold its first ever technical workshop. "Previous years we have held tech talks, but now we’re getting more hands on. Speakers include Bernhard Schussek and Ryan Weaver, who are two core contributors to Symfony and will be leading the novice level class, 'eZ Platform for Web Development,'" said eZ Systems' Matthew Caprioli.
Bernhard Schussek, Workshop Leader and Speaker — better known as webmozart — is a long-term member of the Symfony core team and lead developer of various Symfony components.
He represents Symfony at PHP-FIG and is a passionate proponent of interoperability in the PHP ecosystem. Lately, he has been developing Puli, a resource management toolkit built on top of Composer.
Finally, eZ’s Digital Manager, Sylvain Guittard, got major support from GIS legend, Jack Dangerfield, at the EIS conference. Dangerfield cited Guittard’s app, CheriBlossom, which is based off of eZ Publish, as one of his current favorites.
Oh, Hippo ... still teasing about news it wants to share but can't, just yet. "I’ll just say that the next year is going to be a pretty transformative one for us," said Joanna Madej, Head of Global Communications.
For now, Hippo is happy about it's inclusion in the Gartner WCM Magic Quadrant. Hippo CMS is the only open source Java Web Content Management technology positioned in the Magic Quadrant this year.
The team's debut in the MQ is the latest of a series of milestones for Hippo over the last six months, including record revenue and growth in North America. Earlier this year, it launched its Content Performance Platform with the release of Hippo CMS 10 and achieved the Select tier level in the EMC Technology Connect track.
"As momentum grows, we’re also planning our US and European events, Hippo.Connect, featuring speakers Robert Rose and the CTO of EMC’s Enterprise Content Division, Jeroen van Rotterdam," Madej said.
In other news, Hippo CMS 10.0.2 is out on GA.
Jahia officially launched Digital Factory 7.1. In includes a number of improvements to ensure Jahia continues to leads the market in performance and scalability, the team said.
Digital Factory introduced enhancements to the Rest API to enable sophisticated mobile applications to take advantage of Jahia’s platform. Digital Factory now supports Java 8, IBM Websphere 8.5 and JBoss Application Server 7.x and provides the additional flexibility to externalize data and configurations.
While Jahia has a strong position in Europe, the company is gaining momentum in North America and has opened up a new office in Houston, Texas.
It is also planning global developer meetups to address need from technical architects looking to redesign or replace existing legacy content management systems.
Jahia is Gold Sponsor alongside Atlassian for the 20th anniversary of JavaOne, to be held in San Francisco on Oct. 25.
Serge Huber, Chief Technology Officer of Jahia will keynote and introduce Apache Unomi on Oct. 1, in Budapest, Hungary. Christopher Justice, SVP of Marketing at Jahia, will keynote the CMO Europe conference in Dublin on Nov. 17.
Jahia also announced an effort where it is used at more than 36,000 points of sale for Samsung Businesses, which indicates it is moving toward more commerce functionality to complete its customer experience offering.
Jahia was also featured in the spotlight on the CMS Connected broadcast on July 31.
Buy some candles and order a cake: The Joomla project is turning 10 years old.
In an advance of the Aug. 17 celebration, Joomla 3.4.3 is now available. This is a maintenance release for the Joomla 3 series, and the team strongly encourages you update your sites.
Version 3.4.3 addresses a few issues:
- The renaming of the ClassLoader.php file to classloader.php caused issues which in some isolated cases even broke the CMS
- When creating menus of type Smart Search or contact list for 3.4.2 invalid field warnings were displayed when trying to save
- The option to disable the count-join in JCategories is permanently enabled on multilingual sites, making extensions that don't use this feature and for example don't have a catid field in their table, fail
- Module, Article and Category creation applies a wrong default values for the access level. Instead of the one from the global configuration it just takes none, and thus the first in the list is selected (Guest)
- The batch model cut the dropdown so you can’t access all items there
- On the batch model we had some kind of scrollbar flashing
Thanks to the work of seven volunteer contributors, nine bugs have also been resolved with the 3.4.3 release. See the list of fixed GitHub issues for details of the tracker items fixed. For known issues with the 3.4.3 release, see the Version 3.4.3 FAQ in the documentation site.
The Production Leadership Team's goal is to continue to provide regular, frequent updates to the Joomla community. Learn more about Joomla development at the Joomla Developer Network.
How can you help Joomla development? Just contact the Joomla Community Development Manager David Hurley to get more information, or if you are ready you can jump right into the Joomla Bug Squad.
The Joomla Bug Squad is one of the most active teams in the Joomla development process and is always looking for people (not just developers) that can help with sorting bug reports, coding patches and testing solutions. If you are interested, read more on the Joomla Documentation Wiki and, if you wish to join, email The Bug Squad Coordinator .
Joomla is also calling for UX team members. Over the past 10 years, Joomla has evolved naturally as a solution with guidance from the many volunteers and contributors.
"While this has worked so far, to remain relevant we need to start looking outside of our volunteer groups for direction. Namely, we need to start thinking about our end users — their needs, wants and how they actually use the CMS in their day to day," Joomla's Mark Simko said.
To kick off this process, the team is rebooting the currently inactive Joomla UX Team. Crystal Harris will be the new Joomla UX Team Lead.
The team is looking for volunteers with experience in one or more of the following:
- Enterprise UX
- User research and user testing
- UX Strategy
- UI Design
- International accessibility standards
- Interaction Design
Interested? Fill out this form.
The next major version for Joomla has been on the radar for some time but lacking follow through, for reasons both organizational and technical. At JandBeyond early this summer in Prague, the community took matters into its own hand and set up a “make it happen” session to discuss Joomla 4.
Requirements were discussed firstly from a user perspective and later from a technical perspective, drawing heavily on a series of blog posts by Nicholas Dionysopoulos.
Brainstorming, the requirements were divided into “must have” and “would like.”
The goal is to create a “must have list” that results in a Minimal Viable Product (MVP) for Joomla. The least number of issues with the biggest impact — tems touching upon backward compatibility ( BC ), would go in the “must have” column. Items building upon new BC items would be moved to the “would like” column.
With any major release, backwards compatibility is and has been much discussed. For Joomla 4, the team is aiming for a one-click migration.
"The one-click migration is a challenging objective for the Joomla core, but certainly for the extensions. We will need to put effort in communicating and training to make all of this happen," Simko said.
"The result of this community driven approach will need to be discussed and refined further, as we also need more information on architecture, UX/UI, and last but not least verification with the Marketing Team. With the Marketing Team’s help we want to ensure we make decisions on data/facts and not on feelings of a few individuals."
As for the way forward, Joomla is taking a quote out of Einstein’s book: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
"We opt for a different more guided approach. We will use an agile way of working, having a planned list of features to work on during sprints (fixed periods of time) should allow us to have something to show for every couple of weeks, and report back to the community," Simko aded.
Having taken these results back to PLT it was decided to expand the “make it happen” initiative into a formal Joomla 4 working group with a Glip team-room “Joomla 4 Working Group” to discuss.
Interested? Contact the team.
Ok. So are you looking for some things to do?
Big news in the past month from Magnolia: The team released Magnolia 5.4, which focuses on ease of use for developers and "making the lives of front-end developers’ easier." You can get release notes here and download the software here.
At this year’s Magnolia conference in early June, Magnolia asked attendees to rate the talks they saw (using the team's first-ever conference app). The results are in, and now the top five videos into a YouTube playlist for anyone who wants to catch up on the most popular #mconf15 presentations.
Magnolia's Chief Visionary Officer Boris Kraft wrote an article for CMSWire this month on marketing automation (more specifically, about 8 ways it can fail).
For those who want to spend a couple minutes with something a bit lighter, the team has designed a digital business quiz. Find out if you’re a digital biz whiz here.
Magnolia has also been publishing a bunch of stuff on Pinterest, so if infographics on a variety of topics are your thing, look no further.
And lastly: Are you looking for a new career challenge? Magnolia is looking for talented people to join its team in one of its five global offices: (Bonus: our Pinterest board on Basel, Switzerland, our HQ location.
Nuxeo has the availability of Nuxeo Platform Fast Track (FT) 7.3. This latest release provides several new capabilities including integration with cloud file sharing platforms, better branch management and extended ACLs.
Nuxeo Platform FT 7.3 also includes Live Connect which allows the Nuxeo Platform to treat files in various cloud-based file sync and share systems as if they were part of the local file system or repository. Get a glimpse of the latest features introduced in this release with this on demand webinar.
Combining Web Content Management and Digital Asset Management platforms allows you to create the best customer experience for visitors across all channels.
WCM platforms, such as Hippo, offer mechanisms to connect with website visitors and DAM platforms, like Nuxeo, manage digital assets in a central repository. In this 45 minute webinar, you will learn how building a website with Hippo and Nuxeo, or adding Nuxeo to your existing website, will enrich your digital customer experience. Watch the webinar here.
Nuxeo has also recently distributed a new white paper, an architectural overview for building and deploying content management applications on AWS using the Nuxeo Platform. It's available for download here.
Orchard CMS is now in version 1.9.1. New features include a new layout editor, to build modern, mobile-friendly layouts from the admin, a form editor based on the layout editor, and an audit trail module.
Release notes can be found here.
July was a busy month for TYPO3. The team had its 10th Developer Days event in Nuremberg at an exciting location — a fully refurbished hostel in the 500 year-old imperial stables (Kaiserstallung) of an even older castle.
And junior staff of the TYPO3 community tested their programming skills at a summer camp in Romania. The "Rookies" had one week to develop a new site for a children's home with support from experienced TYPO3 developers.
They not only learned how to look after a project of their own from the ground up, but also trained their English skills and gained cultural experience. The summer camp is part of the T3Rookies project, with which the TYPO3 community is promoting youth.
This fall, the TYPO3 Education Committee and the SkillDisplay initiative will share knowledge of CMS as part of the curriculum in the field of media technology at the technical college (HTL) Rennweg in Austria.
Students will be able to choose from a range of customized learning paths ("SkillPaths"), which were developed by teachers and members of the TYPO3 core team. SkillDisplay is an online tool that offers individual learning paths and will be used starting with the next school year.
In other news, the TYPO3 community notes that the official translation server has been updated to the latest version. The server is running an up-to-date version of Pootle and has been taken back to its own infrastructure, with the help of the TYPO3 server team. It offers:
- Better streamlined user interface
- New source files are now automatically discovered
- TYPO3 CMS, starting from upcoming 7 LTS, may remove outdated labels and move files around while keeping everything in sync with older releases
In addition, the TYPO3 Marketing Team will be travelling around Europe from August through November to meet TYPO3 agencies and project manager and to shape together the future of TYPO3 CMS. These meetups are at their second edition and are expected to focus on both marketing and product development improvements.
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