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Data Warehouse Optimization with Apache Hadoop

Apache Hadoop Open Source Data Warehouse Architecture

For the past few years, we have heard a lot about the benefits of augmenting the Enterprise Data Warehouse with Hadoop. The Data Warehouse vendors as well as the Hadoop vendors are showcasing how Hadoop can handle unstructured data while the EDW will continue to remain as the central source in an enterprise.

The Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) is a standard component of a corporate data architecture because it provides valuable business insights and powerful decision analytics for front-line workers, executives, business analysts, data scientists, and software developers. The Enterprise Data Warehouse built using Teradata, Oracle, DB2 or other DBMS is undergoing a revolutionary change. As the sources of data become rich and diverse, storing them in a traditional EDW is not the optimal solution. Big data technologies such as Apache Hadoop excel at managing large volumes of unstructured data and are coming into mainstream use, by integrating with existing legacy Data Warehouse platforms to get the best of both worlds.

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A new era for Drupal begins with Drupal 8

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.

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The Open Source Benefits for Businesses

The open source technology originated at the “bottom of the stack” with the Linux operating system, which has become one of the most popular operating systems now. In late 1990’s the term open source was coined and the evolution of Apache, Mozilla, Perl took place, while birth of “Commercial Open Source” was seen in early 2000. The adoption started moving up the technology stack in 2005 and post 2008, Open Source adoption by enterprises was seen widely and in 2012 open source became an integral part of every enterprise IT strategy.

Analysts no longer slot Open Source Software (OSS) as unique tracks, but rather prefer to group them with proprietary software, under a specific genre. With subscription models gaining ground, consumers caring about business functions and, not the technology that delivers it, the next wave of IT sourcing predicts well for open source adoption.  The Healthcare and Government sector have led this adoption for a while but, others are catching up fast and exploring this as an avenue to reduce costs, re-train the IT workforce and also use OSS as the "cool" factor to attract/retain IT talent.

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Centerview Capital invests $55 Million into Acquia

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.

“We are delighted to partner with Acquia, the industry leading web-content management solutions company,” said Ned Hooper, managing partner at Centerview Capital Technology. “We are strong believers in the massive opportunity in digital transformation for the enterprise, and believe that Acquia, with its technology leadership and strong management team, is uniquely positioned to lead this transformation.”

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CMS Made Simple 2.0 is released

Over the weekend, the core developers for CMS Made Simple, an open source project, announced the release of CMSMS 2.0. While not a complete rewrite, CMSMS 2.0 is a significant re-factoring and renewal for the content management system. Many of the changes involved are focused on giving the web professional an easier and simpler editing experience within the CMS.

In the announcement, Robert Campbell further explains how CMSMS 2.0 came to a final release.

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Hippo CMS : A new name in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WCM

Gartner released the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management today, and there’s a new addition to the list of usual suspects. This year the Magic Quadrant includes Hippo CMS. As CTO, I couldn’t be more proud.

You can read the full report here, but for context let me emphasize that the Magic Quadrant offers Hippo’s technology an unprecedented amount of exposure. Like our partnership with EMC earlier this year, I see it as a major stamp of approval, confirming what I’ve known all along: that our open, standards-based architecture, our consistent belief in a WCMS based on the separation of concerns, and our refusal to follow some of our competitors into the realm of the extensive marketing suite fuels a truly enterprise-grade product. We’re the only open source Java CMS on the list. I want to take this moment to thank my team for their excellent work-- our placement in the quadrant is their achievement.  

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CMS Security 2015: Top 5 Security Tools for WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla

WordPress swag image by Christopher Ross from Flickr Creative Commons

WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla power three-fourths of the world’s CMS-based websites. A few simple steps will keep your CMS-powered website secure:

  • Keep your CMS software up-to-date. Immediately install all updates to core software and plug-ins. If you don’t visit your admin panel daily, schedule a reminder in your smartphone for updating your CMS regularly.

  • Perform regular backups. Backup your site and its database at least weekly, perhaps at the same time you check it for updates.

  • Delete default admin usernames. Also, require strong passwords for admins, and consider adding a two-factor authentication (2FA) plug-in.

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Benefits and Downsides to Consider When Choosing an Open Source or Proprietary CMS

When you want to create a new website, or want to re-launch your existing website, using a content management system can make the process easy for you. A CMS makes it easy to manage content and the look of your website.

You do not need to have any technical knowledge to use CMS for your site. Without any technical knowhow, you can manage the front end by adding images, integrating social media, publishing posts and adding links. You can also manage what goes on in the backend of your site.

CMS also gives you the option to build your site in a way that improves search engine ranking. If you don’t want your site to rank, you also have the choice of making this omission.

There is no limit to how much you can publish with content management systems and this in effect improves search engine traffic to your site. As you may already know, SEO is dependent on how much relevant content you post to your site.

CMS - Content Management System

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Uncle Sam Wants You To Update Your WordPress Plugins

In times of war, you may be asked what you can do for your country. In modern times, your country may be asking you to do your part by updating your WordPress plugins.

The United States' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), through the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), issued a public service announcement last week recommending website administrators to update their Wordpress sites. More specifically, the bureau wants you to update your third-party WordPress plugins.

Why is the FBI worried about your content management system? Apparently, continuous website defacements are being perpetrated by individuals sympathetic to the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL) a.k.a. Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS). According to the FBI, the defacements have affected website operations and the communication platforms of:

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Drupal Association Announces the Aaron Winborn Award

This Tuesday, March 24, 2015, the Drupal community lost Aaron Winborn who was diagnosed with ALS a few years ago. In honor of Aaron, the Drupal Association and Angie Bryon recently announced the Aaron Winborn Award. The announcement reads as is:

Announcing The Aaron Winborn Award to honor amazing community members

In honor of long-time Drupal contributor Aaron Winborn (see his recent Community Spotlight), whose battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) (also referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is coming to an end later today, the Community Working Group, with the support of the Drupal Association, would like to announce the establishment of the Aaron Winborn Award.

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