Alert: What's Coming Up for Open Source CMS in October 2013

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While we wait for the next version of the Apple iPad to drop in October, let's take a break to see how the open source world is shaping up over the next month or so. This space is a running series of open source updates, so don't hesitate to let us know in the comments or at [email protected] if we skipped something.


Alfresco is leading up to its big annual conference in November, but in October, the company will be in attendance at several other events before hosting the Alfresco Summit. The first ever Alfresco Belguim User Forum event is October 4 in Antwerp, and some of the Alfresco team will also be in attendence at the Digital Pulse Summit in Boston on October 16. There's also about a half dozen webinars coming up this month on subjects like personalization and case management.

Forrester recently gave Alfresco a Strong Performer rating in its enterprise content management Wave, and cited the company's growth in the public sector due to its records management capabilities.


Acquia plans on attending a few events this month, and first up is the EDUCAUSE annual conference for IT professionals in higher education. Kieran Lal, an Acquia technical director, will be presenting on Drupal's strengths in higher education, and there will also be an Acquia booth set up in the exhibition hall. Lal's session is on October 16, and the event is being held in Anaheim, Calif.

FutureM is marketing focused conference being held in Boston, and Acquia will be there hosting a meetup, tabling, and Bryan House, VP of product marketing will be moderating a session on big data October 17. There's also a big Drupal Camp event October 24 to 27 in Berkeley, Calif. CMSWire recently interviewed Tom Wentworth, Acquia CMO, on where the company is headed, and one fairly important update is Acquia Cloud now offers a free version for development and testing.


DotNetNuke is now DNN, and the company recently won a spot in the Gartner MQ for Horizontal Portals in the niche quadrant. Gartner found its main strength to be that it's a solid alternative to Microsoft SharePoint. On the other hand, DNN may not integrate with other enterprise systems as well, the report found. 


Enterprise portal provider Entando is hosting an event October 22 in Dublin on sustainable development, part of an initiative called SmartCities. Walter Ambu, Entando CEO and cofounder will be opening the meeting with his company presentation. There's also a webinar being held October 15 on how companies can reduce energy costs by controlling devices remotely.

eZ Systems

eZ Systems is hosting an eZ Publish User Forum in New York October 16 at the American Museum of Natural History. Sessions for the half day long event include one on multichannel user experience and the culture industry, efficient management of multiple digital newspapers and paid multichannel content from the Financial Times. Bard Forstad, cofounder of eZ, will open the event with his keynote.


Sonja Wraith, Hippo CMS VP of marketing, will be speaking at a couple of events in October, one in Boston and one in The Netherlands. First up is the HartmanEVENT October 10 in Utrecht, and Wraith will be speaking about ecommerce of the future. Next is Digtial Pulse October 16 and 17 in Boston. Wraith's presentation is October 16 on how to get CMOs and CIOs to work more closely together. 


Joomla 3.2 should be arriving in late October, just about six months after the release of version 3.1, and one year from the 3.0 release. An alpha version of 3.2 is now live for testing some of the final updates. There are also several JoomlaDay events coming up in Poland, UK, Hungary, Israel, South Africa and Houston.


Liferay Symposium North America is coming up October 20-22 in San Francisco, and Brian Chan, Liferay chief software architect and founder will be giving the opening keynote address October 21. Topics for the symposium will be social, mobile, UI and user experience, and of course case studies. The company is likely to announce Liferay version 6.2 right around the time of the conference as well, and the upgrade includes social and collaboration abilities.

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Gartner's latest Horizontal Portal MQ puts Liferay in the Leadership quadrant once again, and its main strength is that it simply has a lighter footprint than other portal systems. The company is growing rapidly, so it is under pressure to keep up with support demands as it builds itself out, Gartner found.


Nuxeo is also gearing up for its annual conference in October, and Nuxeo World will be in Paris October 9-10. The company has announced the release of version 2.14 of Nuxeo Studio, a fast track release that includes multi task node and re assignment support integration with Nuxeo Platform 5.7.3. Nuxeo grabbed nearly US$ 4 million in funding recently to further expand in North America.

During Nuxeo World, there's a roadmap session on the first day, and that should be when we hear the details on the company's expansion and what the next Long Term release might look like.


Modx, a CMS provider, is holding meetups in Denver, Prague and Meppel in The Netherlands, in October. The Meppel event is October 16, and the other two are on October 10, but locations still have to be determined for Denver and Prague.


The first ever Plone Conference in Brazil will be October 2-4, and the government sector in particular, is to be a key attendee. There are two days of Plone training leading up to the conference, followed by two more days sprints. Sprints are devoted to working directly on Plone projects, and getting immidiate feedback from vendors and developers.


Umbraco has announced an update to version 6.1, and also the release of an alpha version of Umbraco 7. This is the first alpha release, and the final version should be ready in about a month. The biggest change with v7 is a rewritten UI layer using AngularJS.


October is conference month in the open source world it seems, and Typo3 is holding its 9th European conference October 29-31 in Stuttgart, Germany. Each day of the conference is centered around a particular audience, and there are community, future and business days, in that order. Additionally, there are some Typo3camps in October in Germany, Poland and Romania.


WordPress 3.6 is about two months old now, and v3.7 is already in beta. Beta 1 has been released, and the final build should be ready by the end of the month, with 3.8 being readied for a December launch. As a beta product, v3.7 is not recommended for production sites, but for any test sites set up with it, it will automatically update itself to the next version build. One update looks to be an enhanced site search funcion. Searches will be ordered by relevance instead of simply by date.

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