What's New in January 2014 for Open-Source CMS

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Happy holidays out there in CMSWire land. Our gift to you (besides our impeccable journalistic integrity) is a dose of free open source system news. We run this column each and every month, but we don't always capture the spirit of the open source world fully on this page. Fell free to drop us a comment or reply to [email protected] if you think we've omitted a worthwhile update.


It's been a year since Doug Dennerline took over as CEO of Alfresco, so 2014 could be a big year for the company. It won't likely be IPO big, but we do know Dennerline wants to focus on the company's products, including fundraising in lieu of a public offering. Alfresco has been doing well in the government sector, and January 14 in London there is a meeting of government CIOs and operations directors, called Government ICT. Alfresco is exhibiting at the event.

In the US, Alfresco is sponsoring the CIOSynergy event on January 24, another government IT focused group. John Scully, former Apple CEO (1980s) is giving the afternoon keynote, and CIOs from the US Coast Guard, the FBI, Interpol and the Peace Corps will be presenting as well.


While Alfresco may not be close to a possible IPO, the case may be different for Acquia. As the commercial services provider for the Drupal family of content management tools, Acquia had a pretty good 2013 and could itself be headed for the public markets sooner rather than later. Most recently, Open Atrium, a Drupal based online collaboration system, debuted a 2.0 version, and before that a system called Commerce Cloud debuted to unify social and shopping.

The Acquia team will be in Boston Jan. 30 for a breakfast seminar on creating better digital experiences in the healthcare industry.


The Portland, Ore.-based Concrete5 team has moved into a new office, and it has also added a gamification model to its community page. Developers get points for helping people out, submitting their work or promoting others' work. As for the next major release, v5.7, periodic updates are provided by the Concrete5 Totally Random webcasts, a show the team releases once or twice a month. Concrete5 5.7 has not yet reached an alpha release, but it sounds like the team is hard at work on some core issues. Versions 5.5 and 5.6 were less than a year apart, and a developer snapshot of v5.7 came out this summer, about a year after the 5.6 release.

Crafter Software

Two webinars are lined up for January from Crafter Software. An introduction to Crafter CMS will be held Jan. 10, and a partner webinar on how to build dynamic borrower websites with Alfresco will be Jan. 22.

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Hippo also has one event lined up, but it's actually right at the end of December. Robert Rose, senior analyst at Digital Clarity Group guest stars in this Webcast Customer Experience Innovations 2014 event Dec. 29 to 31. Rose will discuss trends he saw take shape 2013 that will quickly expand in 2014. They are; experience driven eCommerce, smart data instead of big data, the increasing need for real-time delivery, hybrid models of software delivery, and web content management expands significantly.


Jahia announced its upcoming Jahia 7 version that will be unveiled during JahiaOne, the company's first international user conference to be held in Paris on Feb. 6 and 7. Jahia 7 is being referred to as digital industrialization for is touted ability to allow organizations to build websites fast. While the conference isn't until February, Jahia is also partnering with Alfresco on a Jan. 21 webinar about integrating the two systems.


Liferay is hitting the road in January, and it's holding roadshow events in Minnesota and Stockholm, Sweden in January. Golden Valley, Minnesota is the Jan. 16 location, and Jan. 30 will be the Stockholm event.


The next release of WordPress is due in April, but version 3.8 has only just arrived with a new look and feel for both the front and back end. New design elements have been put in place to help make administrators lives a bit easier, and a new magazine theme adds a more photographic feel to the front end. Version 3.8 is a minor update, but like v3.7, it includes automatic bug fix and maintenance updates along with a responsive default theme for more accurate rendering on mobile devices.

For those interested in learning more about WordPress or who simply want to meet other developers or WordPress users, there are events called WordCamps coming up all over the world. In January, there are four of them, two in Europe, one in India and one in the US. Phoenix and Paris host WordCamps Jan. 17 and 18 and Oslo, Norway and Baroda, India host on Jan. 25 and 26.