Enterprise CMS, Enterprise Content Management

Colligo 4.0: Making SharePoint Experiences More Enjoyable

With SharePoint 2010 quickly approaching, it is probably safe to say that interest in this Microsoft product-zilla is not likely to go away.

Companies like Colligo take full advantage of market conditions and keep churning out products that (hopefully) make SharePoint experiences more enjoyable and productive. Please meet Colligo 4.0.

According to Barry Jinks, founder and CEO of Colligo, being in the niche allows Colligo to be very much involved with MSFT on the technology and product side. It is quite clear that Microsoft cannot fill this niche on its own, and is more than happy to refer customers to Colligo.

Given that Colligo is fairly successful, there’s clearly a need in the market that still needs to be addressed, when it comes to SharePoint usability, customization and satisfying business requirements that fall outside of out-of-the-box scenarios.

“The fight is over. Everybody needs to figure out how to cooperate with SharePoint. It is not going away,” concluded Jinks.

More on CMSWire: Colligo 4.0: Making SharePoint Experiences More Enjoyable

Enterprise CMS, ERM, Records Management

Open Text and New Roadmap for eDOCS Product Line

Open Text is making lots of announcements at its Content World 2008 Conference in Orlando. Do they even have time to hit Disneyland? 🙂 Isn’t that what folks do at “conferences”? J/K.

In a nutshell, it’s all about more flexibility to leverage OT’s ECM technology and keeping records management customers happy (and within the OTEX family of products). The new roadmap includes new enhancements for eDOCS, more integrations with the Open Text ECM suite and even more play time with Microsoft, in the Windows Azure cloud included.

Full article on CMSWire: Open Text Maps Out the Future for eDOCS

Document Management, Enterprise CMS, Enterprise Content Management, Records Management, SaaS CMS

Enterprise Ain’t Going Into the Cloud?

According to Chris Petersen, APAC director of channels at Open Text, it is unlikely that enterprise data will ever go to the cloud due to regulatory issues and bandwidth costs.

In a recent interview with ZDNet Asia, Petersen gave his outlook on the enterprise future in the cloud.

Despite the fact that many and many more companies warm up towards cloud computing, Petersen insists the organizations will continue to store a large part of data in-house and demand on-premise software. He attributes his reasoning to regulatory compliance and the higher bandwidth costs associated with moving data offsite as substantial barriers to mainstream enterprise adoption of cloud computing technology.

The funny thing is that Petersen’s employer tends to think otherwise, judging by Open Text’s recent move into the Windows Azure cloud by offering a “first-of-its-kind” records management and archiving capability for Microsoft’s new cloud-based operating system Windows Azure. Open Text will incorporate these cloud-based capabilities into its Enterprise Library Services offering early next year.

Records management is a pretty extensive part of any enterprise, often taking up massive amounts of server space. Petersen is making his point only to prove that cloud computing is not a threat to the Enterprise CMS industry players like Open Text because the need to keep thorough records of in-house data will persist, he said.

But we all know his attempt is a futile one. Gartner predicts cloud computing to be one of the top 10 strategic technologies for 2009 for enterprise-level businesses. SaaS is thriving, CMS market included, as predicted earlier this year.

If anything, today’s customers with tight IT budgets, especially in the SMB sector, will look beyond such expensive solutions as Open Text and explore cloud- or SaaS-based alternatives.

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open source, Open Source CMS, Web CMS

webEdition CMS Abandons Licensing, Goes Open Source

Germany-based Living-e AG has announced that it is now offering its Web CMS webEdition 6 as open source. Additionally, the company decided to extend Professional Services (PS) support to end-users.

Previously sold as a commercially-licensed software, webEdition 6 is now giving it all (OK, almost all) away for free — which makes it only more interesting to explore.

Wish I could tell you more about this CMS baby, but all demo sites are down. “Unsere Demoseiten ziehen um.” Wir verstehen, and we’ll have to wait until the move to a new server is complete.

Before this week (and since 2001), this CMS product was sold as licensed software. An interesting move from commercial to open source model, wouldn’t you say? While some say that pure open source is not viable as a business model, webEdition moves to bare its source code to the masses.

Shedding some light on this move, Holger Meyer, head developer of webEdition says, “We are convinced that the open source approach allows the faster adoption and integration of webEdition into more application environments. Therefore, it was the next logical step in the lifecycle of our product.”

Heck, if even Microsoft is starting to embrace all things open source, the rest of the world will follow. Will
webEdition ever make it to one of those most popular open source CMS lists? We shall see…

Full article on CMSWire: webEdition CMS Abandons Licensing, Goes Open Source

open source, Open Source CMS, Web CMS, Web Content Management

Open Source: Mere Business Tactic or Viable Business Model?

Some say that if you’re not employing a hybrid business model for your open source project — you are, basically, doomed. If you want to flourish, turn to one of more than 80 different combinations of development models, vendor licensing strategies and revenue triggers that were identified by the 451 Group.

At the same time, software giants like Microsoft started playing friendly in the open source space; esp. with the latest release of Silverlight 2. Additionally, CMS vendors like eZ and Alfresco report that open source can be profitable.

Key takeaways from the 451 Group’s research and blog:

  • Open source is a business tactic, not a business model.
  • Open source is not a market in itself, nor is it a vertical segment of the market.
  • Open source is a software development and/or distribution model.
  • “The cat is already out of the bag,” when it comes to open source-related business models.
  • There is very little money being made out of open source software, of there’s no additional support from proprietary code and services

One of the most interesting thoughts in both the blog and the report is the idea of blurring the lines between proprietary software and open source software. Allegedly, as open source software is being embedded in proprietary hardware and software products, more and more customers are attracted to the proprietary extensions.

The fact and the matter is that there are very few vendors generating revenue from open source software, when they follow the purist approach of offering code and licensing of all of their software under open source licenses.

Full article on CMSWire: Study: Pure Open Source Is Not a Business Model


FatWire Wants a Piece of SharePoint, Too

It seems like every Web CMS and Enterprise CMS vendor has been playing friendly in the SharePoint sandbox as of late. The billion-dollar baby SharePoint is a good friend. So, instead of fighting it, many choose to co-exist and live together happily ever after.

CMS vendors don’t send chocolates and flowers; instead, they court MOSS with various SharePoint connectors and integrations. Open Text, RedDot, Mediasurface, Day, EMC  and Immediacy — they’ve all done it.

Now, it is FatWire’s turn, as the company releases Microsoft SharePoint Connector for its Web CMS platform.

Full article on CMSWire.com:

FatWire Wants a Piece of SharePoint Too

online content, web publishing

MS Silverlight 2 Is All Things Grandeur and “Next Generation”

Microsoft released Silverlight 2, a new version of its solution for creation and delivery of Rich Internet Applications (RIA’s) through a Web browser.

Silverlight 2 — presented under the motto of creating “next-generation Web experiences” — comes packed with a variety of new features and tools that enable designers and developers to better collaborate while creating more accessible and more secure user experiences.

Full article on CMSWire: New Silverlight 2 Is All Things “Next Generation”