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Nuxeo World -- the company’s first global customer and partner conference -- kicked off this morning in Paris. Nuxeo (news, site) CEO Eric Barroca keynoted the event with a talk on Enterprise CMS as a platform for content apps, 2010 highlights and milestones, and Nuxeo’s plans for 2011.

2010 Highlights and Milestones

As we’ve been watching Nuxeo pretty closely over the past years, you are probably aware that they’ve been quite busy bees.

Along with new customer wins in 2010 that the vendor is quite proud of, a lot has happened on the product development and company growth fronts.

  • The number of subscriptions and revenue consistently went up over the past year+
  • Despite the “messed up economy,” average growth was at 16% quarterly, 130% yearly

Nuxeo Studio was highlighted as an advanced configuration tool for Nuxeo products that is fully replicable due to no runtime config. On the product release and update side this year, we saw:

The amount of releases is not surprising, as Barroca mentioned that Nuxeo is very agile in its approach and does a release every 4-6 weeks. There are some bugs every now and then, he admitted, but “they are pretty rare.”

Barroca also talked about updated target platforms (JBoss 5.x, Tomcat 6, PostgreSQL 9, Oracle11g, etc.), highlighting company’s commitment to OSGi (80% of this ECM platform runs on bare OSGi) and, therefore, Eclipse Equinox.

A Word on Open Source

According to Barroca, open source is not just about the open code. Open source is the company’s DNA, which translates to transparency in levels of information being given to customers and community.

Some of the features that Nuxeo uses in its open development to foster collaboration and innovation include:

  • Issue Tracker
  • Build system & tools
  • Test suites & QA system
  • Documentation
  • Transparent pricing
  • Open marketing materials

If you don’t have that, said Barroca, the open code is useless.

Doing open source as a development model allows Nuxeo to also do packaged services as their business model. The revenue comes from selling services, subscriptions, online tools, support and maintenance.

Nuxeo Plans for 2011

Nuxeo’s detailed roadmap should be coming later, but Barroca gave the audience a sneak peek into the next year. Some highlights are as follows:

  • Nuxeo loves developers and will love them even more
  • Major focus is on the Documentation Center refresh project with Collaborative Documentation Center, Platform Explorer, Implementation Guides and Integration Patterns
  • Deeper involvement with open source and open standards communities (PostgreSQL, OSGi, JBoss)
  • Community engagement via new discussion infrastructure, collaborative Q&A, free Nuxeo Studio projects for open source plugins, new guides on how to create plugins
  • Better tooling using Eclipse PDE to create Nuxeo plugins
  • Improved Nuxeo Connect customer services with more self-service options derived from package and update installation with Nuxeo Marketplace and Nuxeo Admin Center
  • Nuxeo cloud services – already doing Amazon EC2, plan to add support for Windows Azure for MSFT-focused customers, CMIS as a service
  • Mobility and HTML5 support to allow customers to create apps for mobile devices and mobilize their ECM applications; all HTML5 goodness with offline cache, upload, etc.
  • Taking OSGi to the next level: use new runtime environment with Eclipse Virgo as default runtime, as well as the integration with Maven.
  • New connectors and integrations: Nuxeo is highly involved in the CMIS community with its Apache Chemistry reference implementation of the Content Management Interoperability Spec. The plans include further connectors to “talk” to search, ERP, CRM, BPM, WCM/Social systems.