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AuraPortal integrates content management with BPM

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AuraPortal ups the ante with first BPM suite with integrated content management system

ECM Plus - AuraPortal has released a new content management module as part of its Business Management Platform integrated with business process management, business rules, document management, customer relationship management and online commerce, extending the platform’s scope extensively.

According to the company, the new content management will enable users to design customised systems, with all transaction activity monitored by AuraPortal BPM, as it happens with the rest of AuraPortal’s functionalities. Continue reading

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FEATURE: Embrace the cloud for your ECM strategy

BY BALA SUBRAMANIAN

ECM solution providers are keen to jump into the bandwagon and take advantage of what the cloud technologies can offer.

There are three options available for ECM solution providers in the cloud namely Software-as-a-Service (Saas), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) models. Each of these models has distinct advantages and disadvantages that ECM solution providers should be aware.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model has lower investment costs and typically based on usage based payment. The challenges for ECM solution providers can vary from doing heavy customisation, data security, integration issues, data portability and vendor lock-in. Continue reading

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Adobe goes content crazy with CQ5 digital enterprise experience

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Adobe's acquisitions of Day and Omniture bring on the CEM momentum

Adobe set to transform customer experience with new CQ5 suite for the digital enterprise

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus - Well, what a difference a Day makes. Adobe Systems has just unveiled its new Web experience management software portfolio, which the company claims is a significant milestone in delivering a Customer Experience Management (CEM) platform. Continue reading

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Perfect storm brewing as Open Text bumps BPM

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John Shackleton

OpenText acquires Metastorm, moves into business process management market

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus - OpenText has just inked a new deal to snap up the business process management playe Metastorm.

OpenText said the acquisition would help it to create a new generation of process improvement software suite that need to combine content and process management capabilities. Continue reading

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Second coming for Christian as Kofax CMO returns

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Second coming for Christian

Martyn Christian re-appointed to AIIM board of directors

ECM Plus - Kofax plc’s Chief Marketing Officer, Martyn Christian, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Association of Information and Image Management (AIIM).

According to the company, AIIM is a non-profit industry association that helps organisations find, control and optimize information. Continue reading

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Cloud content management gets smart

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Smarter cloud computing linking with mobile apps

Neustar takes wraps off smart cloud services that connect to mobile apps

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus - Neustar has just unveiled its new Intelligent Cloud service that it claims will provide a single, secure connection point between content providers, application developers and mobile operators.

According to the company, the new service will streamline the communications, network features, and billing across operators. As a hosted service, the Neustar Intelligent Cloud will allow scale and reduce the complexity of delivering the right message at the right time, every time. Already a trusted service enabler to the communications industry. Continue reading

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+++ Content-driven social media takes TFM&A by storm +++

Content-driven technologies, collaboration, e-commerce and cloud top the bill as marketing and advertising goes mainstream for new media

ECM Plus +++ UBM’s 2011 Technology for Marketing and Adverising (TFM&A) is taking place on March 1st and 2nd at the Earl’s Court 2 Exhibition Centre in London, features for the first time a dedicated Content Management Theatre, the first time TFM&A has put content management front and centre since the conference and expo was launched some years ago.

The 2011 show now features a ‘Content Management & E-Commerce Theatre’ which will see speakers from all strands of the content management space tackle the key issues in helping marketing and advertising utilise content technologies for its businesses. For more information on the agenda see http://www.t-f-m.co.uk/page.cfm/link=432 and to register, go to http://www.t-f-m-co.uk/ecmplus

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Government digital continuity agenda gets Open Text treatment

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Government’s ‘Digital Continuity’ Data Management project targets UK”s public sector

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – Open Text has entered into a framework agreement with the British government’s Cabinet Office in its so-called ‘Digital Continuity’ agenda, developed by the Cabinet Office’s procurement arm ‘Buying Solutions’ and The National Archives.

The two year framework agreement is part of a British government project to improve digital information management throughout the public sector. Continue reading

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Archive2Go cloud-based media service links to CloudChannel

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RTG's Archive2Go links into CloudChannel

RTG Ventures’ media business RTG Media launching a cloud-based content management service, ArchiveGo.com. 

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – According to the RTG Ventures, the new Archive2Go service is aimed at corporations that own digital media content with a secure way of managing media with access from any internet enabled device.

RTG said that /ArchiveGo.com would offer a round-the-clock catalogueing and archiving service with automatic back-up.

ArchiveGo also boasts a single-click interconnect to CloudChannel, RTG Media’s auto-syndication and monetization application,

CloudChannel is a platform supporting media owners’ content to monetize it directly from their own archive.

Colin Burgess, RTG Media’s technology director, commented: “ArchiveGo.com was borne out of the needs we identified while working with record labels on the CloudChannel product and because of my specific expertise, we were able to create a solution very quickly.”

Added Burgess: “I don’t think we’ve come across a single company in our space that doesn’t like the idea of what CloudChannel can do for them, but many organizations don’t have their whole back catalogue in good enough shape to be able to take advantage of its unique monetization methods. It quickly became clear that there was a role for us in organizing the catalogues prior to monetizing them and to do that, we needed a tool. Meeting another unidentified business need will give RTG an additional source of revenue and illustrates one of our core values of being opportunity driven. This new technology will act as a stepping stone towards full integration with CloudChannel.”

Burgess also said that when they could not find a solution at the right price to buy, the company decided to build its own and that it had been so well received, that the company is now opening it up to the wider market by selling it online as a web application. “For our core markets, we’re wrapping a service layer around the product providing not just the technical infrastructure, but also the people they need to get their assets properly cataloged and archived” Burgess added.

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Cloud-based content management just got eZ peasy

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eZ Publish CMS now available with Granite Horizon In The Cloud.

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – eZ Publish is now available in a ‘cloud-based’ version to meet the web publishing needs of medium and small businesses.

Dubbed ‘Granite Horizon In The Cloud’, the content management system is available on a SaaS software as a service basis through Granite Horizon LLC, a California-based web developer and implementer.

“Talking to people in the market for a CMS, we saw a real need for a SaaS-type offering” commented Greg McAvoy-Jensen, Granite Horizon’s executive director. “Many organizations can’t muster the internal IT or financial support for a full-blown CMS effort, despite their need.

“We looked at current SaaS offerings and thought that eZ Publish, a proven CMS powerhouse, would provide a uniquely strong answer,” he said “Site owners can concentrate on their content – creating, editing and publishing words and images – without having to worry about hardware, software, upgrades, IT resources or hosting their CMS.

According to the company, GH In The Cloud is based on the eZ Publish platform with added extensions and custom features including a basic mobile site version, e-commerce and payment gateway, Google Analytics integration and RSS import/export. The service is hosted at a Tier IV data center with financial grade security and N+2 redundancy for complete reliability.

eZ said that GH In The Cloud is offered on two levels, determined by the need for custom workflows, storage and bandwidth. It is available to organizations who want to integrate a CMS into an existing site or create an entirely new one.

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Cloud ECM takes off with SpringCM’s enterprise content management

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Platform proffers capabilities for process automation and workflow

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus +++ SpringCM has released the latest cloud enterprise content management (CECM) platform.

According to the compan, new features include enhanced e-forms and metadata functionality that enable easier and faster deployment of SpringCM for a variety of process-automation, workflow and document-management applications. 

The new release boasts features that claim to ensure knowledge workers have the most current data and eliminates manual picklist maintenance with a new capability to manage picklist values from ERP, CRM, and other systems.

SpringCM said that the latest version can also reduce errors and exceptions due to improperly formatted data in e-forms with new field masks, and, it includes external content and websites and the ability to assign attributes and search on them with a new feature to store Web links or URLs.

Other new features of their cloud ECM offering include the ability to eliminate file downloads and printing with enhanced online document viewing; provide user interface enhancements based on customer usability research and metrics, and, provide non-technical users with an easy way to define automated document and workflow applications through use of additional document rules.

Said Roger Bottum, vice president of marketing at SpringCM: “Capabilities such as integration with ERP data and workflow that real business users can configure on their own, make it easier, faster and more affordable for organisations to move away from the on-premises content management trap and start delivering real business value.”

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IRIS builds on document management with Belgians

Firm scores new ECM extension deal with Jacques Delens

ECM Plus +++ IRIS has been awarded a new contract by Belgian contsturction behemoth Jacques Delens for invoice digitisation and document management.

According to the firm, the deal includes incoming mail captured via IRISPowerscan to IRISNext document management.

The existing capture software has been migrated to IRISPowerscan, IRIS’ production scanning and OCR software that supports high-speed scanners. +++

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SDL Tridion help flex marketeers’ muscle

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SDL Tridion help flex marketeers' muscle

New release simplifies usability in web content management, mobile, targeting and personalisation

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – SDL has just unvelied Tridion 2011 web content management for content targeting, multi-site and multi-lingual site management.

According to SDL, Tridion 2011 now includes functional enhancements for marketers, as well as for IT organisations supporting implementation.

Sucn additions include multi-browser support, high-end personalisation, multichannel campaign management, including full usage of the mobile channel, as well as overall improvements in areas such as usability, flexibility, performance and visitor intelligence, enabling global brands to achieve highly consistent, relevant customer experiences – across multiple channels and languages at any scale.

Jan Jaap Kolleman, CEO at SDL WCMS said: “SDL Tridion 2011 will enable global brands to achieve what we call ‘pervasive engagement management’, helping them to achieve success in today’s connected world. We listened carefully to our customers and created a solution that will enable them to engage a savvy, channel-agnostic consumer. SDL Tridion 2011 contains the BluePrinting content modelling system to ensure brand consistency across websites, social media, mobile and other devices in any language. Our truly global solution, including SDL SmartTarget which enables marketers to target visitors and provide them with personalised information, integrates seamlessly with other customer-facing systems to tie together all relevant information in the customer lifecycle.”

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Alfresco Enterprise 3.4 sallies forth into social content

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Alfresco launches Enterprise 3.4

Alfresco launches Enterprise 3.4 into social content space

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – Alfresco has just announced Enterprise 3.4 as a major new release that promises to deliver an open source platform for social content management.

The company said that this platform will be used by developers and companies to build applications where enterprise content is ‘social-ready’, or shared, collaborated on and syndicated across the web as well as the standard, boring, bureaucratic chore roles of being captured for compliance, retention and control.

Alfresco added that Enterprise 3.4 was now purpose-built for managing content in a social world.

It said that enterprises are increasingly deploying social business systems like Jive, Salesforce.com’s Chatter, Lotus Quickr, Drupal and Liferay, among others, in the hopes of ‘making employees more effective’.

However, Alfresco noted that these social business systems were also creating volumes of unmanaged content if left un-checked.

“Social Content Management is where the capabilities of social business systems and traditional enterprise content management (ECM) meet,” said John Newton, Alfresco CTO. “It is communication and collaboration with a business purpose and it requires a platform that can deliver content for discussion and engagement that then captures the results of that discussion. Alfresco Enterprise 3.4 is that platform, delivered as open source with open standards like CMIS, JSR-168 and RESTful APIs, in order for developers, customers and our partners to manage content and expose repository functionality inside of social business systems.”

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NEWS: Parliamentary ICT head’s ‘clouded future’ keynote at Cloud Expo Europe

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Miller to share views on cloud for democratic information sharing systems

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – Joan Miller, director of parliamentary ICT at the British Houses of Parliament is set to give a keynote speech at Cloud Expo Europe in London this week.

On Tuesday 2nd February at 9.30am, Joan Miller’s paper entitled ‘A Clouded Future’ will address how the British Parliament is to investigate options and the criteria to be used to assess which ‘version’ of the cloud is the one it will ‘back’.

Miller was appointed to the post in September 2005. With a brief to establish a new Parliamentary ICT organisation, the taxpayer-funded solution is inteneded to support services both at Westminster and in the offices of Members’ of Parliament’s representative constituencies across the nation.

Five years on and as a result, Miller is at the forefront of Parliament’s IT strategy. Said Miller: “We are cognisant that the Cloud represents a huge opportunity for Parliament to drive down IT costs while maintaining efficiency and it is top of our agenda to investigate the right way forwards for Westminster.”

She went on: “As a result I am delighted to be attending and speaking at an event which examines the issues and opportunities that Cloud Computing represents.”

Cloud Expo Europe 2011 takes place between the 2nd and 3rd of February at the Barbican Centre in central London.

The exhibition and conference are free to attend. To registerm visit www.cloudexpoeurope.com/registration

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Boxing clever with cloud content management

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Thinking outside of it sees firm propel conntent into enterprise territory with SAS-70 and beyond

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – When it comes to cloud content management, few players have yet to establish themselves as firmly in the burgeoning space as box.net. That said, even such players are not prone to complacency and perceive rapid reinvention and re-engineering as part and parcel of the business model.

Henceforth, news unfolds that box.net has just unveiled an entirely new version of its cloud content management offering demonstrating enhanced collaboration and real-time capabilities, along with a simplified user interface, the company expounded.

According to the firm, the new Box will be rolled out to the company’s 5 million users over the course of the next month, creating a more intuitive, interactive experience for end users, while also enabling future customisation for enterprise IT departments.

“2011 is the year that the cloud will tip for content management in the enterprise, and at Box we’re committed to leading that movement by bringing simplicity to end users and IT departments alike” opined Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. “With the new Box, we’ve overhauled the design to make sure that the user experience is more intuitive and elegant than ever before. This will continue to be our primary competitive advantage as organizations look to move off of feature-bloated and under-used legacy systems like Microsoft SharePoint.”

Box said users will have the option of switching between the old and new versions until the end of February.

Significant changes include a content-centric redesign. The new Box provides a richer content experience, with 30% more screen space devoted to the viewing files directly within the browser.

It also boasts real-time activity updates, whereby using Tornado technology, the new version of Box brings real-time updates and in-line uploading to users, giving them access to the latest content and collaboration activities from anywhere on Box.

More ways to collaborate: a new discussions tab at the folder level will facilitate conversations around projects rather than individual files, providing enhanced collaboration capabilities.

A new Box Apps Marketplace will also offer easy access to partner applications from a new Apps tab, promoting adoption of Box’s ecosystem of 150+ integrated applications.

Box said it had seen ‘significant enterprise traction’ in 2010, including adoption in 73% of the Fortune 500 and 3.4X enterprise revenue growth over 2009, due to deals with organisations such as Hawaiian Airlines, T-Mobile and Discovery Networks.

The company said it had also secured key integration partnerships with the likes of NetSuite and SugarCRM, and has also launched mobile applications.

The firm added that it had also achieved a major security milestone with SAS70 Type II certification.

Box added that it had also pushed 50 platform updates in 2010 including transformative integrated content viewing following the company’s acquisition of Increo Solutions. The new version of Box will enable the company’s engineering team to develop and implement new features even more efficiently in 2011.

“We asked ourselves what would make Box better if we could literally start from scratch… and then we did just that,” said Kimber Lockhart, Engineering Manager and former CEO of Increo Solutions. “With the new version of Box, we’ve removed all the clutter in both the implementation and design to give users an incredibly streamlined, intuitive experience, and in doing so we’ve laid the groundwork to bring new innovations to market faster than ever before.”

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Sitecore releases CMS 6.4 to boost marketers’ muscle

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Sitecore CMS 6.4 enables design, development and marketing to create better campaigns and web experiences with fewer resources

ECM Plus - Sitecore has released a newer version of its CMS that gives marketers, and their diverse support teams, more capability to create and monetise campaigns and web experiences.

“No matter how powerful a CMS solution, if cross-functional teams can’t intuitively use the system, marketing campaign results and Web experiences will suffer” said Darren Guarnaccia, senior vice president product marketing, Sitecore. “That’s why Sitecore has dedicated itself to developing a world-class user interface that is powerful and simple to learn. Based on iterative feedback from the Sitecore community, we made significant strides in usability with features that anticipate how marketers think and work.”

Sitecore CMS 6,4 authoring interface has new inline editing and page management features which make it easy to alter website content and layout.

Marketers and business users can move and present features such as polls, marketing forms and other content and interactive elements without relying on specialised design and development teams.

The time and resources for creating and publishing Web content and marketing campaigns is significantly reduced.

Sitecore’s browser-based editor lets users author and manage digital interactions from web pages to sophisticated mobile experiences in a simple unified interface.

Editors can work in the browser of their choice as the latest release includes support for Firefox others as well as continued support for Internet Explorer.

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Taming the SharePoint ‘site creation monster’

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SharePoint site provisioning and governance assistant for SharePoint 2010 tames ‘site-creation monster’

ECM Plus – SharePoint Solutions has just released its new SharePoint Site Provisioning and Governance Assistant (SPGA) for SharePoint 2010, an add-on which ebables administrators to control the creation, provisioning and approval of SharePoint 2010 sites whilst enabling users to select the type of site they need.

According to the company, SPGA tames the “site-creation monster” as it is helpful for companies and organisations that regularly provide SharePoint 2010 sites and need a way to empower users to create sites while ensuring that the organisation’s SharePoint 2010 standards are adhered to.

‘Users are happy because their requests are handled quickly and efficiently, and administrators are happy because order is maintained and chaos is eliminated’ said’Jeff Cate, president of SharePoint Solutions.

With SPGA, administrators set all the boundaries on the front end, including workflow for approvals. Then, when a user fills out the site request form, he or she sets into motion an automated set of processes that quickly and automatically approve, create and provision the site. Company standards and site uniformity are maintained because they are “baked” into the profile in advance.

As both a site-provisioning tool and a governance tool, SPGA allows IT professionals to: maintain the integrity of an organization’s SharePoint 2010 taxonomy; enforce governance policies. bake” exactly what is wanted into SharePoint 2010 site request profiles; provide users with an easy way to request SharePoint sites or groups of sites
Specify different site request profiles for different sites or groups of sites; automate an organization’s approval process for requesting new SharePoint sites; monitor and track site requests.

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Open Text’s ECM and SharePoint are a DoD cert

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Open Text's records managment is a DoD cert

OpenText obtains DoD 5015.02-STD certification for ECM and SharePoint

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – OpenText components of its ECM Suite 2010 together with SharePoint Server 2010 have met U.S. Department of Defense 5015.02-STD certification requirements for records management.

According to Open Text, this encompasses unstructured content including physical, electronic and email records.

The company said it had certified against all versions of the DoD standard since its inception more than a decade ago and had completed test process over twenty times on various platforms and versions.

Managed by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), DoD 5015.02-STD certification involves a rigorous testing process. OpenText had Records Management and its Application Governance and Archiving for SharePoint offerings tested in an environment that included SharePoint 2010 and a full set of MS operating systems, office applications and database servers.

Through the test, OpenText said it met requirements for applying records management policies and securely managing the entire lifecycle of the information.

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W3i ups ante in app discovery monetization

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W3i's ad payments ups ante for monetisation

Monetisation methods multiply as firm takes on ad payment challenge 

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECMPlus – W3i has just launched a new so-called ‘Ad-Funded Payment Platform’ which it claims provides a customisable solution for developers looking for app discovery or monetization.

According to W3i, with over 300,000 apps in the App Store and virtual goods revenue projected to pass $2 billion in the US this year, the Ad-Funded Payment Platform purports to help iOS app developers achieve their discovery and monetization goals.

It said the Ad-Funded Payment Platform could provide customisable offer interfaces for publishers and intelligent reporting for developers. The product is driven by W3i’s proprietary InstallIQ software, optimised on 500 million downloads, the company said.

“The W3i Ad-Funded Payment Platform provides publishers an opportunity to monetize and drive their virtual goods transactions in a branded offer wall experience, while giving advertisers powerful insights and control into their marketing campaigns through sophisticated campaign dashboards. Users get free apps” added Andy Johnson, CEO at W3i.

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Joomla jumps up to 1.6 open source CMS

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Latest version of open source content management system unveiled

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – Joomla, the open source CMS has just taken the wraps off Joomla 1.6 designed with enhanced site control and a more polished user interface.

Version 1.6 offers new tools include a more robust organisational structure for content control.

“With new features and capabilities such as the hierarchical design of the access control system, semantic XHTML layouts, one-click extension updates and multi-language functionality, Joomla 1.6 has evolved to become the most user-friendly and powerful tool yet to develop a web presence,” said Ryan Ozimek, president of Open Source Matters, a not-for-profit created to provide organization, legal, and financial support to the Joomla project. “This has been accomplished through the tireless feedback and work on 1.6 by the thousands of members of the Joomla community over the past year.”

Joomla said it had been downloaded over 22 million times.

Joimla 1.6 features a w Access Control System which enables site administrators to control who can view and manage content. It also claims to offer unlimited so-called ‘Depth Organizational Model’, which apparently gives site administrators and content creators user-defined category levels that enable the creation of a category tree with as many or as few levels for organising content and other media types as are required.

V1.6 also has ‘One-Click Extension Updates’, which enable users to keep sites secure and controlled by simplifying the process of updating extensions.

1.6 also features ‘Semantic XHTML Layouts’, which provide a baseline for content presentation, as well as offering multi-language functionality.

“The current Joomla Platform provides developers with the tools they need to rapidly build the Web of the future” commented Ron Severdia, a member of the Joomla production leadership team. “Although 1.6 is being released today, the Joomla production team is not resting on its laurels. We’re hard at work developing even more powerful Joomla features for the future, such as new search capabilities and new ways to leverage website content.”

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Barebones CMS goes open source

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Web browser with open layers

High-performance, easy website design and content management for team environments 

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – CubicleSoft has just release Barebones CMS, which the company claims is a high-performance, open source content management system for web developers operating in a team environment.

According to CubicleSoft, Barebones CMS 1.0 was created after discussions with industry professionals, which, they claim, revealed a desire for a CMS that they could use to create mostly static websites easy for their clients to edit.

The company further stated that Barebones CMS has many desirable enterprise-level features, such as, a cacheing system that never gets in the way of designing a site. It also boasts a high-performance page serving – Barebones CMS served up to 1,700 pages per second during performance tests. It has a multilingual support system to allow translators to communicate with the rest of the team. Also, it boasts a revision system that can cut development and hardware costs for the organization.

Apparently, the company says, the product makes it possible to create an entire website without ever leaving the web browser: Programmers can write PHP code in the browser. Web designers can create and edit layouts using HTML and CSS in the browser. And Content Editors can edit content in the browser. Barebones CMS can eliminate the need for FTP clients and external text editors. That, in turn, can save time and money for businesses.

Barebones CMS is an open source product. It is dual-licensed under both the MIT and LGPL licenses and is free for both personal and commercial use. Financial donations to the project go toward future development.  Barebones CMS is available from barebonescms.com.

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Power of ECM helps states control costs

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Enterprise content management can help states meet constrained budget demands

ECM Plus – Enterprise content management will once again be an important means for state governments to control costs in tight budgetary times, according to a new list published by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers NASCIO.

Document, content and records/email management was ranked among the top ten tools identified by the CIOs surveyed.

The list, entitled ‘State CIO Priorities for 2011′ stated that the management of information and data will play an important role in helping state CIOs make their budgets.

It said that the management of information and data was a strategic priority for CIOs and also stated that digitalisation, storage, preservation policies and the subsequent search for that information would be essential for organisations.

“The economic crisis has made Enterprise Content Management (ECM) projects an important strategic priority for any IT department” commented Julio Olivares, CEO of DocPath Corp., a company specializing in manufacturing document software. “Its ability to automate tasks, increase the efficiency of internal processes and obtain a quick return on investment has been the key factors that have ensured the success of such projects.”

Despite cuts in IT budgets, more than 25 percent of organizations worldwide have chosen a project related to document technology in 2010, the report found.

DocPath said there were five ways that organisations can benefit from implementing ECM technology in 2011: increase productivity: One of the first consequences of an ECM project is the automation of processes that do not constitute the core of the company’s business, even though they might represent a high proportion of the company’s resource allocation. When automating these tasks, companies can expedite the internal organization and improve external response times.

Business managers are increasingly demanding that their systems departments adopt technologies that help them reduce costs. Document software allows companies to reduce printouts by 30 percent, release up to 99 percent of storage space and reduce excessive paper consumption and its associated costs.

 Securing information: Information is one of the main assets of any organization. Protecting it is essential to ensure the continuity of a company and prevent certain information from falling into the wrong hands. Document software technology allows the safeguarding of one of the most problematic issues regarding the security of an organization: the exchange of information with third parties and controlled access to documents of the company.

 Organisations and companies interact with their stakeholders through documents and it is that documentation, among other things, that helps to project an image and identity. With document software, organizations can design professional documents and then send them through various channels, thereby accelerating response times.

Rapid ROI: Document software projects can create a quick return on investment for any organization that adopts them. Initial results are visible within weeks and the up-front investment takes only a few months to be completely returned.

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Top 5 trends for 2011 in mobility, cloud and content

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Enterprise mobility moves content outside to the cloud

Mobile enterprise market in 2011 drives strategic business growth and brand loyalty;

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – Mobile apps vendor Antenna has just published its ‘Top Five Trends’ for the mobile enterprise in 2011, with its predictions for the prevalence of mobility.

According to Antenna, the mobile enterprise market will significantly expand during 2011, driven by what is calls the continued ‘consumerisation’ of the enterprise and the proliferation of smarter mobile devices.

It said that businesses will make use of mobile and social technologies to provide instant gratification for users, offering ‘relevant information’ and dynamic content at the point of need.

Antenna also said this would see services and goods with deeper end user insight and a more personal touch, for what is dubs as ‘deploy happiness’ to ‘a world with increasingly connected, passionate and engaged employees and customers’.

The rationale for this, or ‘the foundation that underpins and enables these advancements’ as Antenna puts it, will be a so-called ‘mobile cloud’.

As IT organisations simplify the integration of mobile into existing technology infrastructure, choosing to ‘consume’ mobile applications and services in a hosted, on-demand model will be a key trend, Antenna claims,  rather than by building the mobile infrastructure and platform themselves.

Antenna said the top five mobile enterprise market trends will be:

1. Mobile is the Mortar
Many industry analysts predict smartphone sales will eclipse PC sales by 2012. Tablets such as the iPad, those powered by Android, and soon RIM’s PlayBook are being adopted at unprecedented rates. Antenna has already seen a sharp uptake in enterprise tablet interest, and 2011 will prove to be the first year of significant tablet deployment, which will likely come at the expense of laptops. The mobile channel will become seamless, as enterprises integrate mobility with their ‘bricks and clicks’ operations. Mobility is not a separate channel but one that has the unique ability to drive new growth to Web and physical storefronts, augmenting growth, driving new revenues, and deepening customer relationships with the brand.

2. The Mobile Cloud Reigns
Cloud-based mobility (a set of hosted services, typically powered by a mobile enterprise application platform or MEAP) will allow businesses and service providers to offer a ‘switch in the cloud,’ enabling them to build, publish, manage and secure mobile apps and content and scale mobility projects much more rapidly and cost effectively. As mobile apps proliferate for employees, customers and partners, enterprises will look to deploy their own branded app stores for greater application management, control and protection of the brand.

3. Mobile Commerce Ka-Chings
In almost every industry, but especially in retail, mobile apps will enable mobile commerce to flourish. Businesses must get up close and personal with their users, understand their exact needs in real time and deliver incentives and information to get consumers into the stores and to drive them to make purchases on websites. Mobile apps that seamlessly integrate collaborative technologies, contextual and location-based information, and rich content will generate new commercial revenue streams. In addition, business intelligence, monitored and acted upon in real time, will become a key piece of the 2011 landscape as part of mobile commerce growth.

4. Mobile Marketing with Meaning
Truly hundreds of thousands of mobile apps now occupy the “appmosphere,” and the number is growing at an exponential rate. In 2010, Antenna observed a key shift: Mobile users are no longer defined purely as workers, consumers, customers or partners – they are people. To thrive in the new era of mobile marketing, which will ramp up significantly in 2011, organisations must dive into the exciting discipline of intelligently interacting with mobile users and engaging with them in more meaningful ways that make their lives just a little bit easier.

5. Mobile Apps in More Flavours; Mobile Content and HTML5 on the Rise
Natively-built mobile apps will continue to grow, but app and content consumption via mobile Web browsers will also become a key component of a comprehensive enterprise mobility strategy. Pure Web or ‘thin client’ apps rely on a constant wireless connection to access content, in contrast to thick client native apps which retain data locally allowing the user to continue to work in the event of signal loss. ‘Rich apps’ that straddle this divide will become more common in 2011 as HTML5-enabled browsers become widely available. Utilising the HTML5 specification, companies can offer the best of both worlds via HTML5 apps that combine the “write once, deploy to many” capabilities of Web-based apps with the offline data access and rich UI of the native app.

However, enterprise mobile strategy in 2011 must incorporate the growth in HTML5 apps, Antenna stated, with multimedia content and mobile web usage ensuring a well-managed and secure environment exists for their deployment and use, it added.

“As businesses enter the new decade and younger people continue to shape consumer and enterprise behaviour, mobile is hands down where to invest for accelerated innovation, brand differentiation, and real shareholder value,” said Jim Hemmer, President and CEO of Antenna. “It’s a hugely exciting time and Antenna is committed to delivering innovative solutions that help our customers get ahead of the latest technology, develop trendsetting apps that spread happiness, and deliver measurable value to all businesses.”

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consolio enters ECM consultancy market

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National enterprise content management practice dedicated ECM team taps expertise, custom application development capabilities for document management

BY PAUL QUIGLEY

ECM Plus – consilium1 has launched its new Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Practice Group to help enterprise clients in the private sector, such as insurance, financial, legal and healthcare – as well as the public sector/government.

The firm hopes to help prospective ECM users manage their information and to comply with new government-driven regulations.

It said the creation of a dedicated ECM group was on account of experience in the implementation of ECM projects. The firm added it would also provide a team of professionals with expertise in a variety of ECM solutions.

“As we continue to help shape the industry with a number of successful and innovative ECM implementations, we feel it’s the perfect time to launch a dedicated national practice group to support our efforts in the ECM space”

Performing complicated consolidations from disparate ECM systems, consilium1 is able to leverage its proven process methodologies and custom tool suites to successfully migrate content for clients, typically ahead of schedule. Based on a client’s individual needs, consilium1 provides custom solutions that greatly increase service levels, eliminate a substantial amount of licensing and operating costs, and generate a significant ROI within the first year.

consilium1 is partners with a number of ECM vendors, such as Alfresco, Documentum, Livelink, SharePoint and FileNet.

It uses a proprietary phased-engagement model that delivers significant operational efficiencies for clients. Providing a range of complete end-to-end services that include design consultation, implementation, application migration and data migration, the consilium1 ECM practice group also develops custom applications to streamline document migration and achieve an easier and more efficient ECM transition.

This experience and expertise allows the consilium1 Enterprise Content Management Group to evaluate an organization’s specific challenges and recommend the best solution for their business.

“As we continue to help shape the industry with a number of successful and innovative ECM implementations, we feel it’s the perfect time to launch a dedicated national practice group to support our efforts in the ECM space,” said Mike Brady, consilium1’s vice president of professional services. “Our proven tools and best practice methodologies allow us to guarantee cost efficiencies for our clients that are not offered anywhere else in the industry.”

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