Enterprise CMS, Enterprise Content Management

Clearview ECM 5.1 Gets New API, Workflow Module

Step by step, from version 5.0 to now 5.1 — while still embracing all things SharePoint — Clearview announced updates to its enterprise CMS.

They include a new Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services-based API, Business Process Management (or Workflow in Clearview’s terminology) module and a number of less substantial (yet important) enhancements.

The 64-bit 5.1 release also includes intelligent indexing and index validation, external data access and compatibility with Kofax 8.0.

Full story on CMSWire: Clearview ECM 5.1 Gets New API and Workflow Module

social media, Web 2.0, Web CMS, Web Content Management

Kentico CMS 4.0 Marries Social Networking and Content Management

Kentico Software, a Czech Web CMS vendor, released a new version of Kentico CMS for ASP.NET. The 4.0 version, out of beta announced in December of last year, brings to the table Web content management packaged with social networking.

The majority of new Kentico CMS 4.0 features are revolving around the oh-so-popular social networking, online communities and Web 2.0 technologies.

Is Web 2.0 and Social Networking Still Relevant?

With Kentico CMS 4.0 so determinedly focused on Web 2.0 and social networking, is this a good development? We’ve seen many vendors in the Web content management space completely avoiding anything that has to do with Web 2.0 technologies. At the same time, quite a considerable amount of them embraced Web 2.0 in the Web CMS’s.

Recent Forrester research shows that enterprise spending on web 2.0 technologies is expected to grow strongly over the next five years with better enterprise adoption of social networking, mashups and RSS. The market for enterprise web 2.0 tools will be defined by commoditization and eroding prices.

Others say that Web 2.0 implosion is imminent and blogs and wikis are among the first to suffer. But social networking seems to continue to evolve and grow from 8% percent in 2005 to 35% in 2009, according to the latest Pew research.

Web 2.0 tools can be fragile and vulnerable. But as with any technology, it is essential to evaluate all the pros and cons and make decisions based on your organizational goals and not on fashion trends of “orange is the new black”.

Full story on CMSWire: Kentico CMS 4.0 Marries Social Networking and Content Management

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

Sense Net 6.0 CMS Wants to Befriend Developers

Recently, open source Sense/Net 6.0 Content Management System has gotten an upgrade targeted towards making the system more developer-friendly.

If you’re a .NET developer wanting to get more love from Sense/Net 6.0, your time is now. Let’s check out the new WebDAV support and upgraded interface in Sense/Net 6.0 Beta2.

Full article on CMSWire:

Sense Net 6.0 CMS Wants to Befriend Developers

Web CMS, Web Content Management

[updated] EPiServer Gearing Up for U.S. Expansion

Breaking news!!! An EPiServer contact sent me a note, saying: “You’re the first one to know outside Sweden.” 😉

The news is not really official yet, but I was told that the .NET-focused Web CMS vendor will soon be opening its first office in the U.S. It’s about time EPiServer breaks out of its European reign and conquers America 😉

Now that I am allowed to leak this info… 😉 The new office will be located either on the East Coast or in (a more prominent part of) Mid-West. The initial focus will be on — duh — sales. More details tomorrow.

This Swedish vendor shows a lot of potential, IMHO. I am working on a full-blown review of their latest CMS 5.0 R2 — coming soon!

[updated] More details here: EPiServer Readies for U.S. Expansion the EPi Way

Enterprise CMS, Enterprise Content Management

Enterprise CMS Socialism: Sense/Net Supports CMIS

Another one bites the CMIS.

The Enterprise CMS socialism saga continues… Sense/Net, a Hungarian provider of open source alternative for building Enterprise CMS and Enterprise Portal (EPS) solutions, has implemented a prototype of the burgeoning CMIS spec.

Joining the big guns and attaching your name to a popular concept can be very attractive. Sense/Net couldn’t resist. We talked to them to get the scoop.

Full article on CMSWire: Enterprise CMS Socialism: Sense/Net Supports CMIS


Sitecore Brags About 100% Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth

I am not a .NET-developer, so I don’t have to worship Sitecore — a famed .NET Web CMS vendor that announced this week that its 2008 revenues have grown by over 100% over the prior fiscal. Not surprisingly, 95% of revenues are coming from new license sales and less than 1% – from Professional Services.

Sitecore has never focused much on PS. Sure, let the resellers and integrators do the dirty job of actually implementing the software. Sitecore just demos and sells it. OK, not completely, true – they also seem to provide some training. A friend of mine just got her Certified Sitecore Developer badge.

When it comes to functionality, many Sitecore competitors – including SDL Tridion, EPiServer, MOSS and Ektron – were known to win in customers’ short-lists. Granted, the latest version 6.0 was very strong and attractive with all the Carousel views and such.

While the triple-digit growth rates are great, let’s not forget that many vendors in the Web CMS arena tend to struggle when faced with the challenge of being able to balance the supply-demand ratio.

Full article on CMSWire: Sitecore Boasts Over 100% Year-Over-Year Revenue Growth

Document Management, online content

Document Management Comes to the Average Joe

Don’t need the complexities of enterprise-level document management, but still want some of that functionality? You’re not alone, and you have quite a few solutions to choose from.

The latest on the document management solutions market is DOCCENTER’s DocLanding — a new Document Management System built on Microsoft’s .NETframework, offered as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and designed for an “average user.”

Full article on CMSWire: Document Management Comes to the Average Joe