While the Agility CMS has been in Beta for much of 2015, the Production release will be rolling out to Agility's clients and their sites this Fall. While gradual improvements were made in the CMS, probably the biggest change for Agility Inc. was in late 2013 with the appointment of their new CEO, Jonathan Voigt. When Jon was appointed CEO he promised a refocused vision for Agility that would provide better products and improved services for Agility's paying customers. This autumn, Agility fulfills that promise as it rolls out a significant rebuild and redesign of the content management system's interface. Besides the interface improvements, the new version of Agility CMS also introduces a new Dashboard feature as well as significant improvements in software performance and task workflow.
Agility and their clients have a lot riding on this new release. Let's take a sneak peek at what the new CMS has to offer.
Jahia, a leading "user experience platform" open source vendor, announced a new release for their flagship product, Digital Factory 7.1. According to Jahia, with this new release they are introducing significant scalability, stability and performances improvements while further refining user experience for Authors, Developers and Administrators.
For those a little unclear what a UXP does, Gartner defines such platforms "as an integrated set of technologies used to provide interaction between a user and a set of applications, processes, content, services or other users".
Agility Inc. just released a new version of their content manager, version "January 2014". Most of the improvements in this version of the Agility CMS focus on the backend. Highlighted features include improved synchronization updates for Agility.Web as well as improved content and page status bar notifications.
Agility Inc.’s co-founder Jonathan Voigt, previously CTO, is taking over as CEO to provide leadership and a focused vision moving forward. Heading into 2014, the company is planning to expand its team to offer premium services and extended support to meet the growing needs of its customers and partners.
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.
On my to-do list for quite some time has been wanting to talk briefly about some of the new features included in the latest release of Agility CMS. You may recall that CMS Report migrated over to Agility's Magazine Publishing Suite last Fall. So, keeping up to date on new features added to Agility CMS is not only a news story but also something of personal interest to me.
If I learned anything from my open source vs. proprietary CMS post, comparing CMS’s based on the method used to code them is no longer that relevant. Following the great discussion that was triggered convinced me that comparing along this dimension no longer contributes much to the CMS selection process.
The other thing I learned was that being cheeky, while good for attention, probably isn’t the most forthcoming way to educate the readers of this great publication. So this time around, I promise to be more thorough and objective! Hopefully we’ll get some insights from the community again as well!
WordPress is not the only free CMS. Drupal and Joomla jump to mind, but there are lots and lots of others. So we as CMS vendors need to think beyond the traditional web content management functionality and figure out ways to innovate our way to a competitive advantage.
Last week, Agility officially announced the release of their new Agility Magazine Publishing Suite. The Magazine Suite is a cloud-based website publishing solution that is designed for online magazines and blogs. Over the past year, I've had a chance to watch Agility evolve and improve this new product and recently CMS Report completed a migration to Agility's Magazine Suite. In this article, I share my thoughts and experience with Agility's newest product.