Web Design Trends 2017

Good web design is crucial for making the right impression First impressions are important… Presentable clothes, matching accessories, getting to meetings on time – it all matters. It shows people around you that you care. Online, first impressions matter too. Website visitors make judgements about website credibility in as little as 50 milliseconds, and one in five website visitors will leave your website, not giving you a second chance. Staying on top of the current trends makes it possible to create a website that will impress your audience, and will hold users attention for the first crucial 10 secondsRead more >

What to Expect from JBoye Aarhus Conference

As much as attending industry conferences is considered a must for mid- to senior-level digital professionals, few can afford to go to more than two or three events a year. In this article, I will go through five key considerations that web managers and digital leaders can use to help them determine whether an industry conference is worth their time and money. I will then explain what JBoye Aarhus Conference delivers in each of these categories (from my experience of attending JBoye conference annually since 2011), so that you can decide for yourself whether JBoye conference is right for you.… Read more >

A Short History of Mergers and Acquisitions in the WCM Space

2003 IBM -Presence Online
EMC -Documentum
FatWire -Divine
2004 Serena Software -Merant Software
2005 Hummingbird -RedDot
2005 Mediasurface -Silverbullet/Pepperio
2006 Oracle -Stellent
OpenText -Hummingbird
IBM -FileNet
2007 SDL -Tridion
2007 Mediasurface -Immediacy
2008 Alterian -Mediasurface
2008 Atex -Polopoly
2009 OpenText -Vignette
Autonomy -Interwoven
2010 Adobe -Day Software
2011 Oracle -FatWire
HP -Autonomy
2012 SDL -Alterian
2013 Upland Software -Clickability
2014 Progress Software -Telerik/Sitefinity
2015 Accel-KKR -Ektron and Episerver
2016 EQT -Sitecore
OpenText -HP TeamSite
Mergers and… Read more >

Decluttering your digital presence: thoughts on Web Governance and Digital Quality Management

In the documentary series Britain’s Biggest Hoarders we see entire houses taken over by junk – books, souvenirs, toys, clothes are all piled up, making everyday tasks difficult and time-consuming. Things that were useful and valuable in the past, are now impossible to get to, hard to find, or broken. Inside the home of one of Britain’s biggest hoarders, Mirror.co.uk. Photo © SWNS Group. If web managers are not careful, digital properties can quickly turn messy too. Web content grows at an astonishing rate. The web has grown by more than one third in 2013 alone, and reached 1… Read more >

OpenText acquires HP TeamSite

Yesterday, an Enterprise Content Management (ECM) vendor OpenText announced an agreement to acquire HP TeamSite, a web content management (WCM) platform, previously known as Interwoven TeamSite and Autonomy TeamSite. As part of this acquisition, OpenText also acquires other customer experience tools: HP MediaBin (digital asset management solution), HP Qfiniti (contact center management tool), HP Explore (analytics), HP Aurasma (augmented reality tool), and HP Optimost (A/B testing). The transaction purchase price is quoted to be approximately $170 million. In the WCM space, acquisitions are common — over one-third of all leading WCM platforms are the result of previous acquisitions.… Read more >

A Closer Look at the CrownPeak and ActiveStandards Merger

This week proprietary web content management system vendor CrownPeak merged with digital governance platform provider ActiveStandards. Jim Yares, former COO at CrownPeak, has been appointed as the CEO of the combined company. CrownPeak isn’t as widely known amongst technology buyers as some of its competitors. CrownPeak’s partner network and user/developer community is relatively small, and marketing investments have always been modest. Nevertheless, CrownPeak found an effective niche by serving organizations with large, multi-site, multilingual websites, such as Lilly (pharmaceutical), Prudential (financial services) and ACE Group (insurance), to name a few. CrownPeak’s decoupled architecture, emphasis on security, and engaged, consultative… Read more >

Digital Transformation in Higher Education: How Content Management Technologies and Practices Are Evolving in the Era of Experience Management

This study aims to answer the following questions: How are institutions leveraging digital content, technologies, and practices to engage and interact with education customers (primarily students and their families)? What is the current state of content management practices in higher education, and how do they underpin customer engagement and experience? What steps are institutions taking to expand their platforms and practices beyond web publishing to experience management? How do they gauge their own progress towards meeting the expectations of the types of students that they want to attract? What obstacles prevent them from improving their current content management practices, and… Read more >

Web Content Management Round-Up, October 2015

Gartner’s WCM Magic Quadrant 2015 Vendors that made it to Gartner’s WCM Magic Quadrant 2015 are: Sitecore, Adobe, Acquia, Oracle, OpenText, HP, SDL, IBM, EPiServer – ‘leaders’; Automattic, CrownPeak, CoreMedia – ‘visionaries’; Progress Software (Sitefinity/Telerik), Microsoft, Hippo, e-Spirit, Squiz, GX Software, eZ Systems – ‘niche players’. If one or more of these vendors is on your short list, you can be certain that the Magic Quadrant will appear (dare I say, magically) in the respective vendor’s sales demo. It will be presented as a badge of honour, a major achievement, a success indicator that differentiates the vendor from its competition.… Read more >

Web Content Management Round-Up, July 2015

TYPO3 and Neos part ways TYPO3 Association and the Neos team made an announcement about separating the Neos project from TYPO3. The beginnings of the split date back to 2012, when TYPO3 was on its version 4. The subsequent version, TYPO3 v5, was developed by the Neos team, but was not released, due to significant gaps between the TYPO3 v5 vision and the actual product. Development of the TYPO3 v4 continued separately, with TYPO3 v6 released in November 2012, as a result. The work on the intended TYPO3 v5 was completed a year later, in December 2013, and… Read more >

Web Content Management Round-Up, June 2015

Drupal 8 Security With more than one million websites running on Drupal, this PHP-based CMS platform is one of the top three most popular content management systems in the world[1]. Unfortunately Drupal is also well-known for its security issues. Notably, in autumn 2014, Drupal released a security patch to address a serious SQL Injection vulnerability, which affected all of the Drupal websites and was rated as a highly critical security issue with a maximum security risk rating, 25/25. Websites which were not patched within seven hours of the security announcement were considered compromised. Since then,… Read more >