Deconstruction: The Freedom to Fail

Earlier this month, I talked about putting CMS Report through a very public experiment. My plan is to teardown the website and start rebuilding on a live production server. For a few months, we're dropping the professional website we had with the Agility CMS in exchange for one that returns us back to its blog-like roots in both appearance and content. This is all being done to see if we can recapture our audience's attention, but admittedly, it comes with risks.

The deconstruction process CMS Report will be undertaking not only includes our website's software and layout, but also our editorial policy, our advertising model, and whether the site should remain as a niche focused on content management. I don't know where this road leads. However, I am a strong believer that the reward is greater for those willing to accept risk.


Searchmetrics: US Consumers Turn To Amazon And Google For Holiday Gift Ideas

Searchmetric study: Gift sources 2015

20% say their phone is the only device they’ll use for researching gifts online this holiday shopping season

San Mateo – December 15, 2015 - 62% of US consumers will have researched Christmas gifts online by looking on Amazon this holiday shopping season, with 44% performing searches on Google according to a new study. Mobile phones are expected to play a big role, with around 67% of people planning to use their smartphones for researching gifts and 20% saying their phone will be the only device they use for the task.

The findings come from Searchmetrics, the leader in search and content performance, which polled 2,000 US adults[1] about how they will be researching seasonal gifts online this year.


Watching the Watchers: Using Big Data to Track the Government

In today’s digital world, many people have become more worried about the possibility of having government agencies track them. Considering the controversy surrounding the leak of NSA programs that target U.S. citizens, these worries are not without reason. With the explosion of big data technologies, it has become easier than ever for governments to keep track of what their citizens are doing. It’s all in the effort of protection, at least in most circumstances, but it does have the feeling of violating personal privacy. But what if the citizenry were able to turn the tables on this type of tracking and instead use big data to keep a closer eye on the government? This idea is starting to gain hold among many organizations intent on keeping government institutions as free as possible from corruption. In a sense, this new movement is keen on watching the watchers.


Enterprise Resource Planning in the Cloud

LONDON — December 2015. A survey commissioned by Hitachi Solutions Europe has recently revealed that 31 percent of organizations have moved all or part of their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems to the Cloud, or are in the process of doing so. The survey questioned 315 senior finance professionals with the aim of understanding their position and perceptions around ERP in the Cloud.

At this time 69 percent of respondents have not moved their ERP systems to the Cloud, but 44 percent said they would consider moving to the Cloud in the future. Of that 44 percent, two thirds (67 percent) said they would contemplate moving in the next two years.

Looking at the responses from larger organizations (those with over 500 employees) suggests that it is no longer just smaller organizations taking a Cloud-based approach to ERP. In fact, 27 percent of larger organizations surveyed said they have moved all or part of their ERP to the Cloud, or are in the process.


4 Quick Time Hacks for Anyone Dealing With Big Data

Visualization and Big Data

Data can be incredibly difficult to deal with, especially when it's coming in large waves. However, there are some wonderful ways to deal with big data that will allow you to save time. And saving time is a good thing — especially for bigger companies.

Tool 1 - Data Visualization

So you have the data, but what’s it saying? The best tool to utilize in order to utilize your data is data visualization tools (such as those provided by DataHero). These are things like graphs and other ways to visually show what the data is saying — such as a map showing where consumers are or are more likely to purchase. Since spreadsheets can be difficult to look at for a long time, and it can result in hours of time wasted, using ways to make it easy to visualize the data makes using it or interpreting it faster. Depending on the type of data you are trying to interpret, the visual should be different — i.e. using a scatter plot to compare two measurements, while a line graph would be better for something over time.


New Release of SDL Web Provides Brands the Ability to Quickly Build Global Digital Experiences

Digital experience platform enables marketers to easily build, manage and evolve multilingual, multi-brand and multi-device Web properties

Wakefield, MA – Dec. 8, 2015 – SDL today announced a new version of SDL Web, a digital experience solution that enables businesses to quickly and easily build and deploy multi-brand, multilingual websites at a low total cost of ownership. The enhanced offering, built from the roots of SDL’s WCM platform, Tridion, now includes SDL’s Experience Optimization, Digital Media Management and Localization capabilities in an integrated platform to help brands go global faster.


How to Secure your WordPress Site: Top 5 Tips

Automatic Updates - Wordpress

WordPress is one of the most popular CMS tools in the world with more than 16 million live websites running it. Sadly, this fact alone has made it a popular target for a growing number of cybercriminals who constantly crawl the web to identify vulnerable WordPress versions or plugins, in order to get control over the website.

Many small website owners don't think about website security, imaging that no one will ever bother to hack them, and that’s why they are so attractive to hackers. If that applies to you stop now and read: “How much is your website worth on the Black Market?

We’ve picked out the five most critical risks which can affect WordPress installations, and advise on how best to avoid them - follow these simple tips to secure your WordPress from over 90% of intrusions.

Make sure your WordPress, its Plugins and Themes are Constantly Up To Date


5 Ways Small Businesses Benefit From Cloud Storage

Cloud storage is surging in the small business world. Popular names such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Apple iCloud are used by companies. A 2015 survey by Clutch found that out of 438 participating small businesses, about 53% were storing data in the cloud. These are companies with as many as 1,000 employees. There are many other storage providers on the market, including VMware, SolidFire, Docker, OpenStack, etc.

 The majority of cloud vendors provide similar services. While many articles point to how to select one over the other, how your business stands to benefit is an important factor. Many business leaders focus on the concerns. The benefits, however, are many and often outweigh any downsides. That does depend on your company and industry, but the challenges that have arisen with cloud storage in the past have yielded effective solutions now widely available.

Network and data management are much less of a burden when you use cloud storage. Here are five ways small businesses are benefiting from it today.


The Deconstruction of CMS Report Begins

Screenshot of CMS Report

In the Spring of 2016, should be celebrating its 10th anniversary as a niche website for the content management industry. For more than a decade now, I have been the site's owner, editor, and primary writer. Early on, I understood this site needed to do what most CMS related blogs didn't do at the time: treat open source CMS and proprietary CMS as equals. When you treat people and the communities/companies they represent fairly, good things happen and doors open. Through CMS Report I have had amazing access to some of the best web developers, marketers, content strategists, analysts, and senior executives the industry has to offer. Despite all this good fortune, I now find myself asking a simple question.

Is this website still needed?


Top 10 IT Workspace Trends in 2016

Corporate IT will need to manage a wide range of issues affecting the IT strategy agenda

Matrix42, a top provider of software for workspace management, today revealed that Unified Endpoint Management tops the list of IT trends that companies will see in 2016. Other areas of IT that will have a major impact include mainstream adoption of wearables and smartwatches, Internet of Things, Social ITSM and workspace aggregation.

Oliver Bendig, CTO of Matrix42 has analyzed the trends affecting the modern IT workspace and identified 10 key areas that companies will need to manage in 2016.

1. Adaptive workspace access



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