The Omeka team recently announced the release of Omeka 2.1. Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions. The focus of this new version of Omeka is interoperability with other systems by including an API for reading and writing information in your Omeka installation.
Webnodes announces the release of version 4.5 of their CMS, with several significant improvements including ontology merging, more options for load balancing setup and content synchronizations between installations.
In a recent survey, 69 percent of North American IT professionals expressed a belief that the risks of using a cloud based service currently outweighed the benefits. The main reason cited was a concern over data security. This concern has made many business leaders hesitant to switch over to the cloud, but the reality is the cloud is growing and is not going away, especially with the possibility of big data cloud computing.
In fact, Forrester Research predicts that the cloud business will grow from its current worth at $40 billion to $160 billion by 2020. Rather than ignoring the cloud, business leaders should learn about the vulnerabilities, what their implications are and the steps they can take to protect their data. This article will specifically address the vulnerability to service traffic hijacking and how it can be addressed.
Last week, John Coonen announced that I'll be joining him at The CMS Connection as the new Editor of Chief. In John's own words, I'm there to "zero in on the most intriguing and interesting people in the CMS world, to help you get unique perspectives, advice, 'insider' tips and insights to build your professional skills and make more valuable connections". In my own words, my role at The CMS Connection is to celebrate people.
Ever since social media and social networks have gone mainstream, our digital lives have become complicated. There are a number of social media management tools already out on the market that aim to give users the tools they need to better mange, filter, and prioritize the content they read from their favorite blogs and social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. Almost all these tools fall short of their intended goals and why I'm always on the lookout for something better to come along.
In the CMS Report mailbag, we have an email from Eric Santos, co-founder of a new social media management tool called Dwibbles. I've only taken a brief look at Dwibbles. My first impressions is that Dwibbles is still in the early stages of getting you where you want to go with it. However, Eric and his team knows this and I appreciate Eric's enthusiasm in wanting to tackle this problem. I think if Eric and company can find a way for me to combine the I content I read from social media, news feeds, and my favorite blogs into something better organized and manageable then I would forever be grateful. After reading his email, I plan to maintain my watch on the evolution of Dwibbles and be forever hopeful.
I just finished reading Dave Scalera’s post on the Acquia blog “Open Source lies: Confessions of a former Commercial CMS Salesperson” and it got me thinking about the Open Source vs. Proprietary thing.
I know, here we go again.
What I’ve come to realize is that it doesn't matter what’s better. It matters what people believe is better.
I had the privileged of reviewing Liferay Portal for CMS-Connected's "In the Spotlight" segment. This is the first time, I've done a show with new co-host Butch Sterns. The end result is what I think is a great question and answer review of Liferay's products followed by Scott Liewehr's analyst perspective of Liferay the company. In the show, I talked about Liferay Portal and Liferay Social Office. I also had a chance to briefly mention Liferay Sync.
The month of August starts out with a bang for WordPress fans. We knew given Matt Mullenweg's State of the Word speech that it was only a matter of time when WordPress 3.6 would be released. Starting yesterday afternoon, site administrators were quickly greeted with a notification that the WordPress update was available.
Yesterday's launch gives WordPress sites the availability of a new blog-centric theme (Twenty Thirteen), "bullet-proof" autosave and post locking, a revamped revision browser, native support for audio and video embeds, and improved integration with Spotify, Rdio, and SoundCloud.
Acquia Cloud Site Factory is both Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Acquia's new product and service shouldn't be a surprise to Acquia watchers and Drupal fans. TheFactory builds on Acquia's proven Drupal Gardens OpenSaaS software and infrastructure, on which more than 100,000 sites have been built. Here at CMS Report we've covered Drupal Gardens since the days before it was even a real product and it's been an interesting story to revisit from time to time.
Over the years, my impression have always been that Drupal Gardens was a great way to start a Drupal site quickly, but also worrisome once your site needed to grow beyond the Garden's offerings. One of Drupal's strengths has always been that it just isn't a CMS, but also a framework. Drupal's framework lets you push beyond the limits of your original vision for the site, but within the walls of Drupal Gardens that same ability to innovate always seemed a bit too confining for my taste. Acquia Cloud Site Factory seems to be the company's answer for those customers that needed more from their SaaS.
The attached infographic details a few key points about "IT Friction", the friction that exists between IT and employee. The infographic is based on research and analysis conducted by Forrester Research. In the Forrester Research report titled "Exploring Business and IT Friction: Myths and Realities," it was found that an astonishing 86% of the end-users lost an average of 18 work hours a month because of IT issues. While the debate over IT Friction has yet to be solved, the disconnect between IT and those they service is a topic that almost everyone has an opinion on. BMC has an interesting blog post detailing the study and reaction to IT issues by end users on social media. We all of course also recognize the increased conflict between IT and users over BYOD policies and sometimes even the lack of BYOD policies.