Nuxeo Embraces Mobile, Social with Version 5.5
Nuxeo has announced a new release of its open source enterprise CMS platform. The most recent version, 5.5, is a significant enhancement to the platform. Nuxeo continues to show its commitment to abandoning the traditional application-oriented approach to enterprise CMS in favor of providing a feature-rich platform for building content-centric applications. Version 5.5 adds social features, mobile enhancements and a number of technical enhancements that improve developer productivity.

Nuxeo 5.5

Nuxeo has incorporated support for enterprise 2.0-style social interaction in Nuxeo 5.5. The release supports the OpenSocial standard and provides user- and content-centric collaboration that many users have grown accustomed to via public social networks like Facebook and Google+. The new social module integrates enterprise CMS with familiar social features like workspaces, profiles, activity streams, relationship circles and micro-blogging.

Nuxeo Activity Streams

Nuxeo Activity Streams

In addition to social features, Nuxeo Platform 5.5 adds support for delivery of content-based applications to Android. Additional mobile platforms are planned for 2012. The Android client SDK allows developers to create mobile content applications with client-side storage, authentication, server synchronization and many other features. The mobile SDK also provides an offline mode, which allows the enterprise CMS to be available even when the device is offline.

Several developer-focused enhancements are included in Nuxeo 5.5 such as:

  • Hot reloads of the Nuxeo IDE
  • Improved Nuxeo Studio support for Digital Asset and Case Management
  • Easier customization of themes and styles
  • New API operations for content automation
  • Elimination of Enterprise Java Beans (EJB)

Nuxeo also allows external content storage to Amazon AWS S3. RackSpace and OpenStack support are planned for 2012.

Nuxeo Platform 5.5 is available now in both on-premise and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) versions. Nuxeo also offers annual subscription-based support via Nuxeo Connect, which provides professional support, maintenance and an automated customization toolset. Nuxeo Connect is available in multiple subscription levels basic services in the base package to a premium platinum package with 24/7 support.

What’s Next for Nuxeo

Nuxeo will continue to enhance its enterprise CMS platform throughout 2012. The company released its 2012 roadmap and users can expect substantial new features each quarter.

  • Q1 Nuxeo Cloud Update: This update will increase the number of development, deployment and management tools for the cloud. The update will also provide more provisioning capabilities and infrastructure providers.
  • Q2 New Content Routing, Local Content Synchronization and iOS SDK: Updates in the second quarter will include simpler content routing and workflow, improved file system synchronization with the operating system for Mac and Windows and a new software development kit for iPad and iPhone.
  • Q2 Nuxeo 6.0/5.6: Nuxeo expects to release its next major version in June. The release will be based on Eclipse’s Apricot project, Apache Lucene based search and include a fully OSFi-compliant content repository. 6.0 will also support Java EE 6 and HTML5.
  • Q4 Nuxeo Platform 6.1: December will include another major release for the platform.

Nuxeo includes many elements of professional software delivery that are frequently absent from open source endeavors like professional support from the creator and well-defined delivery schedules. Even organizations that have traditionally avoided open source software might consider taking a look at what Nuxeo offers.