As was mentioned earlier this week, today is the day Drupal 8 becomes official and is released for public consumption. The last time CMS Report was given the opportunity to talk about a major Drupal release was in January 2011 with the release of Drupal 7. If you thought the three year waiting period from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 was long, waiting nearly half a decade for Drupal 8 certainly feels like a lifetime in the world of content management. During this cycle of development, Drupal's own open source community has evolved and its developers have introduced hundreds of changes into the Drupal content management platform.
I admit it. When looking at the calendar my eyes have been focused on November 19, 2015. This is the date that Drupal 8, under development since 2011, is expected to be released. But for Drupal 6 users, the beginning of Drupal 8 also marks the beginning of the end for Drupal 6 support. Announced on Drupal.org, Michael Hess writes that Drupal 6 will reach end-of-life on February 24 2016.
Within the past couple days, I've received emails and phone calls from TERMINALFOUR's marketing best encouraging me to cover the company's latest news. The announcement concerns new software from TERMINALFOUR, which the company believes will help universities drive students to register to attend through better online engagement. The company already works with leading universities across the United States including the University of Florida, Texas Woman’s University and Central Wyoming College.
I've included TERMINALFOUR's announcement below. TERMINALFOUR has incorporated a ‘Form Builder’ and automated migration tool into v8.1 to help increase engagement. The company's past experience in working with universities have shown the migration tool allows site administrators to automatically migrate up to 93% of their content. That's an impressive number as anyone that has ever worked on a migration project well knows. I've worked on some projects where the automation was "zero" due to the joys of an in-house customized CMS. It's one of the reasons I recommend CMSs like TERMINALFOUR instead of letting your IT shop build their own CMS.
This was a busy week for web developers, marketers, and users of both Episerver and Ektron. This was the week where many that follow these platforms converged in Las Vegas for EPiServer Ascend 2015. I didn't attend the customer conference, but from what I have been told and what I have read is that people walked away from this conference impressed. It is also at this conference that the Fall 2015 release of the Episerver Digital Experience Cloud was announced.
As most of you recall, earlier this year Episerver and Ektron merged to support the digital experience platform in the cloud to better meet their customer's content and commerce needs. The Fall 2015 release of the Episerver Digital Experience Cloud is expected to offer substantive new and converged functionality from the best of Ektron and Episerver. The Fall Release is promising to empower marketers, merchandisers and digital developers to achieve their ideas through a productive “people-first technology” platform.
When Livefyre announced their new Livefyre Engagement Cloud on Wednesday, Jordan Kretchmer claimed that "Today, we’re going to make some history". With history yet to be written, this could come across as typical grandstanding made by a company's CEO and founder. Yet the deeper you dig into this story, the more you realize if not history being made then at the very least Livefyre has charted a better course for user engagement and the use of user generated content.
My first thought when seeing this infographic backed by TrackingCourier.com on the potential growth in the Ecommerce space was, sorry not interesting enough to post here. But after a few days, the infographic has grown on me and made me think that the opportunities to sell goods and services online is as strong as ever.
The Ecommerce space has been experiencing a phenomenal growth in the past decades. You are probably enticed to build an Ecommerce startup, owing to its huge potential. But you probably should consider the other side of the coin as well. A few Dot Com moguls and VCs actually claim that the eCommerce space is one the verge of saturation. The point here is don't get discouraged yet, there are a lot of market choices and niches in the space which are yet to be untapped. However as the infographic points out, those opportunities may require you to look outside your current geography.
The infographic below was put together with data references from Alexa, Quantcast and Consensus.gov to provide a 'bare surface' analysis.
This week, Sitecore announced the availability of Sitecore Experience Platform (XP) 8.1, the newest version of its flagship product. Sitecore XP 8.1 enables marketers to turn customer interaction into an experience by offering customers relevant content in the appropriate context at the right time. Sitecore XP 8.1 offers an improved user interface and improved personalization through improved contextual intelligence.
Customers will switch brands if they don't receive consistent, context-based experiences according to the results of a consumer brand loyalty study sponsored by Sitecore. Sitecore is a customer experience management company that is releasing the study to coincide with the launch of their Sitecore Experience Platform (XP) 8.1. The study was based on insight from more than 1,000 consumers in North America. Conducted in conjunction with King Brown Partners, the research analyzes digital consumers’ attitudes and behaviors towards categories and brands, specifically those of baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) and millennials (born between 1982 and 2004).
While overall brand satisfaction is high at 76 percent, context-based experiences emerged as a key driver of brand loyalty. Specifically, millennials are 70 percent more likely than boomers to strongly believe that “brands are not using the most relevant technology to interact with me”, and 30 percent are more likely to strongly believe that “brands that use the right technology…are doing better than those that don’t.” Of note, many consumers, particularly millennials, are open to interacting with brands via different channels. When it comes to personalized offers, 66 percent of millennials find it highly aggravating when personalized advertising is off-target.
Acquia has announced that they have closed a $55 million equity financing round through the help of Centerview Capital Technology. Centerview Capital specializes in partnering with the management teams of midsize companies they see as "high potential" for growth. Centerview Capital Technology led the financing round, with support from existing investors including New Enterprise Associates and Split Rock Partners. This funding will help Acquia scale its global operations, sales and marketing as well as the development of its solutions for building, delivering, and optimizing digital experiences.
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.