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  • Off Topic: Home Is Where The Network Is

    Off Topic: Home Is Where The Network Is

    Anyone who likes to avoid supporting a "rats nest" of network wiring should insist that their next house contain a well thought-out network distribution panel. In fact if it doesn't and I were you, I would insist to the seller that's why you as the buyer will pay less for the house due to future headaches you are likely to encounter. In my house, the builder and contractors pre-wired the house for phone, data, cable, satellite, cable, and audio. What more could an IT professional want? The best thing of all, the previous owner of the house barely touched those wires giving me the opportunity to hook things up my way for the very first time.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 24, 2013

  • The Future of the CMS in a 30 Minute Video

    The Future of the CMS in a 30 Minute Video

    Early this morning, CMS Report's Bryan Ruby was one of two guests on the eZ Publish Show.  The purpose of the episode was to discuss the future of content management system.  He was joined by host Ivo Lukač of Netgen, and fellow guest Apoorv Durga from Real Story Group.  If you think you can do better in your predictions, and some of you can, please let us know what you think the future holds for content management systems.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted July 02, 2013

  • Alfresco and Acquia to form strategic partnership

    Alfresco and Acquia to form strategic partnership

    The announcement of the partnership is likely an unsurprising move for most involved in the open source content management and document management industry as similar partnerships with other content management providers and Alfresco have already occurred. Nor is this the first time that we've seen Acquia involved with integrating the Drupal CMS with the Alfresco platform. However, this is probably the first time we've seen Acquia and and Alfresco Inc. so publicly announce such a partnership for delivering products and services and perhaps this is a recognition that customers have need for better integration solutions in both product and services.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted June 18, 2013

  • Crafter CMS: There is a "New" CMS in Town

    Crafter CMS: There is a "New" CMS in Town

    Sometimes timing is everything and some would argue that I should have written this story weeks ago. Earlier this month, Rivet Logic announced the launch of Crafter Software Corporation, which offers commercial support and licenses for the Crafter CMS open source project (previously known as Crafter Rivet). I didn't jump on the story and CMS Report is probably one of the few CMS news sites that didn't talk about the Crafter Rivet spin off into Crafter Software. The honest truth, I just didn't want to rehash the press release on the day the announcement was made without offering some additional perspective of my own.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted May 30, 2013

  • Drupal Solutions Provider Acquia Doubles in Revenue and Employees

    Drupal Solutions Provider Acquia Doubles in Revenue and Employees

    Acquia announced significant growth in revenue and bookings as the company’s open source solutions are becoming more widely adopted. Acquia’s year-over-year revenue grew by 108 percent in 2012. According to the Boston Business Journal, this puts Acquia's revenue for 2012 at $45.3 million. Momentum continued in the first quarter of 2013, as Acquia’s bookings increased 52 percent compared to the first quarter of 2012 and more than 15 percent over the quarter prior.

    Acquia reportedly achieved significant growth in bookings and revenue as organizations accelerate their adoption of solutions to manage their digital experiences, particularly among life sciences, high tech, media, government and higher education. According to Acquia, with businesses of all sizes seeking ways to fast track their digital marketing efforts, increased demand for solutions that blend content, community and commerce have been particularly popular among chief digital officers, digital executives and digitally-focused CMOs.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted May 22, 2013

  • Tuesday CMS Expo Panel: Getting Ahead in the Cloud

    Tuesday CMS Expo Panel: Getting Ahead in the Cloud

    At the 2013 CMS Expo Learning & Business Conference I have the privilege of moderating a panel focused on the Cloud. That's actually a broad topic, but I think it's a topic that is increasingly becoming well understood by the CMS community. Last year, I moderated a similar panel and, in my opinion, we spent way too much time trying to define the Cloud. This year, I'm hoping we're past the "what is it" phase and spend much more time talking about real problems, real benefits, and the challenges the content management industry may be facing by moving toward a Cloud solution.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted May 13, 2013

  • Drupal, MODX: Open Source Communities, Vendors, and Giving Back

    What I find silly about this week's proprietary versus open source discussion is that I don't think proprietary is the biggest threat to open source. The biggest threat to open source is from within. Open source as a whole needs to do a much better job in preventing the discussion of  Open Source Community versus Open Source Vendor from getting out of hand. Open source must accept the role commercial vendors have in their community or they will soon find their community is financially unsustainable and difficult to be taken seriously. Vendors must also prove to open source that the community is better off with them than without them or that vendor is going to have have little influence at the community's leadership table.

    It takes awhile for open source as a community to respond positively to the changes that new or successful vendors may bring to their community. Most new vendors in open source soon realize that their standing in such communities is ranked not by their company's success but by how much they give or don't give back to their open source community.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted April 05, 2013

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