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Web Publishing Interviews by Michael Assad

Michael Assad, the CEO and a co-founder of Agility, must have been one busy man with a video camera during this year's SXSW. Michael was able to interview a number of leaders in the Web publishing industry including people working for such groups as Time Inc., Hearst, BBC, the New York Times, and Al Jazeera.

My two favorite interviews includes Michael's interview with Perry Solomon from Time Inc and his interview with Bill Adair from PolitiFact. One of my long standing criticisms of traditional media has been their lack of enthusiasm in embracing digital media. As a blogger, I tend to think that perhaps they "just don't get it" but such an argument would not be honest nor truthful. There are major players in the publishing industry that have known for decades that digital publishing needed to be a part of their business model. That iPad you're using wouldn't have been possible without the amount of brain storming provided years prior by these publishers.

Given one reason or another though, publishers until recently have been slow to deliver their content in the multiple formats and the mediums we prefer. As skilled as the publishing industry may be for delivering digital content their achilles heel has been unwillingness to take necessary risks. That's why this is great video footage from Michael as they show the print industry is now ready to fullly evolve and allow the digital publishing business take to be fully integrated with traditional print. At least that's what I take away from these videos.

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Moodle 2.2.2, 2.1.5, 2.0.8 and 1.9.17 updates

I haven't done one these for awhile...a Moodle release announcement. Last year, we took Moodle off our Top 30 CMS Focus list so it isn't on my radar too often. But like so many great content applications out there, just because it isn't on our list doesn't mean you shouldn't still consider them for your CMS.  

Below is almost a straight copy and paste from the release announcement at Be sure to also pay attention to the release notes for additional details. And yes, as a non-Moodle user I too was confused as why there are four different versions of Moodle being supported and updated. The explanation is at the end of the announcement.

 Moodle 2.2.2, 2.1.5, 2.0.8 and 1.9.17 are now available

Moodle 2.2.2, Moodle 2.1.5, Moodle 2.0.8 and Moodle 1.9.17 have been released.

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Building A Website: I Am The Client

I've mentioned on this blog a few times that was never really meant to be a business or publication. It just happened. Six years ago, I started this journey I'm on with just my fascination for information systems and the little knowledge I had obtained on my own about content management systems. I was hungry to learn more and I started this site simply as a place to store my personal notes, bookmarks, and possibly share ideas with a few others. As many of you know, a lot has happened since the early years and I've been at crossroads for how to take CMS Report to the next level.

Webnodes Semantic CMS 3.8 Released with MVC support

Oslo, Norway - Webnodes AS, a company developing a .NET based semantic content management system, today announced the release of version 3.8 of their CMS, with semantic e-commerce, MVC support and several new mobile features.

"This release is a very important release for us. It demonstrates our commitment on a number of  levels, not only regarding semantic web technologies, but also more pure CMS improvements", said Ole Gulbrandsen, CTO of Webnodes. “In our continued effort to maintain and improve developer efficiency, we have added support for ASP.NET MVC templates. To continue to be on the forefront of the mobile web we have added a range of new mobile features.”

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J and Beyond 2012: A Call for Papers for this Joomla! Conference

J and Beyond, an International Joomla® Conference in May 18th - 20th, 2012, Bad Nauheim, Germany is coming and the deadline for submitting proposals for sessions is on 1st April.

J and Beyond 2012 | An International Joomla! Conference - May 18th - 20th, 2012, Bad Nauheim, Germany

J and Beyond is back for the third year. For three days in May Joomla! developers and site builders from over 30 countries will gather in Bad Nauheim, near Frankfurt, right in the heart of Europe. Whether you're single or with family, for those of you that live here in the Western Hemishere this may be the perfect time to take that vacation trip you alway wanted to take to Europe.

J and Beyond is your opportunity to: Learn from others, Present your ideas, Plan for the future, Meet the people behind the avatar AND most importantly - to have fun!

The program for J and Beyond is created by you the participants through a public "Call for Papers" and this year for the first time J and Beyond will be integrating the Joomla! Project Roadmap sessions.

Any and every participant has the opportunity to present a paper which can be either a presentation, tutorial or workshop. This is your opportunity to not only meet your peers but to share your ideas, experiences and projects.

Before submitting a paper, the conference folks ask you to please spend a moment or two to consider if it is appropriate. If you think it sounds like something you would be interested in attending then you are off to a good start.

A simple product demonstration is probably not the right presentation for J and Beyond, the attendees are more than capable of downloading software and checking it out for themselves. Think beyond the obvious and try to propose sessions that will truly inform, educate and engage with the unique audience at J and Beyond. More details and ideas are available online.

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Telerik Sitefinity 5.0 improves mobile content management tools

New mobile features help customers tap into “responsive design” techniques; creating websites that fluidly adapt to any screen size (smartphones, tablets, desktops and more).

WALTHAM, MA, March 5, 2012 – Telerik, an end-to-end provider of software application, lifecycle and content management solutions, today revealed the latest release of Telerik’s Sitefinity, its award-winning ASP.NET Content Management System (CMS). Sitefinity 5.0 continues to advance the benefits provided to developers, marketing end-users and IT managers.

This release delivers enhanced mobile features to manage web content uniquely adapting it to display appropriately on desktops, tablets and smartphones. Out-of-the-box, Sitefinity 5.0 integrates a responsive design approach that empowers a marketing end-user to define rule-based webpages that dynamically adapt to different size screens.  No more updates of multiple content versions of the same website or “exception” only coding is required by a developer.

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EPiServer Acquires Mediachase

Acquisition Accelerates Delivery of e-Commerce and Digital Marketing Solutions to Improve Customer Experience 

CHICAGO, IL - Yesterday, EPiServer announced that it acquired the business of longstanding technology provider, Mediachase, an e-commerce and collaboration software solutions provider. The move brings together EPiServer's existing digital marketing capabilities with Mediachase's easy-to-use e-commerce framework to help meet next generation cross-channel needs for delivery to EPiServer's partner and customer network.

"Our partners and customers have asked us to move our e-Commerce solution forward at a faster pace," Martin Henricson, CEO of EPiServer, said. "This acquisition builds on a great technology partnership and puts us in position to deliver greater value to our customers and partners who are capitalizing on the exploding e-Commerce market."

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Quoting IT: Guy Kawasaki on Google+

"I think it's easier to be a search engine adding social networking than a social network adding a search engine. Google is adding this social component to search. It totally makes sense. I think it's going to be a long time before people go to Facebook and type in "Hockey" to find the score for a game."

- Guy Kawasaki, Guy Kawasaki's Social Media Secret,, February 28, 2012

Axceler Enhances Security Expertise with Appointment of Michael X. Burns

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – February 28, 2012Axceler®,the leader in Microsoft SharePoint governance, administration and migration, today enhanced its security expertise with the appointment of veteran sales executive Michael X. Burns as Regional Vice President of Sales for Western North America.  Axceler is announcing the appointment at SPTechCon – the SharePoint Technology Conference being held in San Francisco this week – where Gold Sponsor Axceler is exhibiting (booth # 608) and participating in the speaking program.

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CoreMedia Launches New CMS for Media and Entertainment

CoreMedia recently announced the availability of a new content management solution tailored for the media and entertainment industry. The CoreMedia Solution for Media and Entertainment provides a comprehensive CMS solution for broadcasters, publishers and media portal providers to create and deliver highly optimized and contextual experiences for their online audiences.

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