Software Development

How the Hybrid Cloud is Reinventing Software Storage

Hybrid cloud storage has reinvented the way the cloud is used and implemented. Companies can use aspects of the cloud but choose to store data in a private or public cloud, or on their premises. They are opting to choose which data to store on site and what is stored in the cloud based on risk identification, bandwidth, and other factors. A public storage cloud is certainly fine for disaster recovery and backup, depending on the business’ needs.

Software storage by nature separates the data storage aspects from physical storage resources. This has given rise to services based solely on data storage and offerings such as software-defined networking. Administrators often have flexible management options while policy-based management may be automated. The biggest impact, however, is how vendors are evolving their product lines or creating new ones to accommodate the demand for hybrid cloud software storage.

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Europe: Software-as-a-Service driving ISV sector growth

The annual survey of the top 500 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in Europe shows some major changes due to substantial growth in some areas, consolidation and changing market conditions. After a slow rise of 5% in the previous year, it looks like ISV fortunes have turned around strongly in 2015, based on early figures. The latest database report by IT Europa, ISVs in Europe - the top 500, published today shows a shake-up at the top of the list of individual companies, with three newcomers to the top ten. There has also been a big jump in those reporting that they offer Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). In 2016, nearly 90% of ISVs said they offer SaaS, an increase of over 60% from 2014. But it is not all packages and cloud; bespoke software development is also on the rise with just under 60% offering it.

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The Most Important Feature To Require In Your Next CMS

Screenshot of a CMS with an export option

When it comes to content management systems, these two questions are the ones that I get asked the most:

  • What is the best CMS out there?
  • What features do I need to have in my CMS?

Here on the website, we've tried answering that question through a number of articles we have published over the years. But the best answer is, I don't know until I better understand your business goals and current workflow. But I can tell you with a straight face what is the most important feature your new CMS needs to have.

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8 Killer Mobile App Development Trends to Rock 2016

Mobile apps are inseparable part of our daily lives now. As per a latest report by BI Intelligence, there has been a 48% increase in purchases made through mobile devices from the previous year. A report by ComScore suggests that more than 60% of web traffic generated by leading nine US retail sites have been mobile users.

While all these statistics and figures are indicative of the dominance of mobile apps in every walks of life, developers worldwide and the businesses are busy coping up with the newest development trends and emerging technologies. A new technology and a new development trend refer irrevocably to a new opportunity rather than just a challenge. 2015 has been a happening year with several new and breakthrough trends in design and development began journey showing great promises. There are some interesting trends that are already looming large in the horizon. Let us have a closer look at the 8 killer mobile app development trends to unfold in 2016. 

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The Deconstruction of CMS Report Begins

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In the Spring of 2016, CMSReport.com 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?

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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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unroole adds Bootstrap to its list of starting points

This week unroole added a new ‘starting point’ website for their users built entirely with Bootstrap components. unroole ‘starting points’ are a convenient and efficient way for launching full featured websites with a single click. They come packed with configurable widgets, building blocks of web pages, and Blueprints for pages from which pages can be cloned.

Bootstrap with unroole

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Date for Drupal 6 end-of-life announced

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.

As announced in the Drupal 6 extended support policy, 3 months after Drupal 8 comes out, Drupal 6 will be end-of-life (EOL).

On February 24th 2016, Drupal 6 will reach end of life and no longer be supported.

What this means for you:

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Mailbag: TERMINALFOUR announces V8.1 and impact on higher education

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. 

 


 

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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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