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Host of tech events, founding partner of The Coffee Group technology advisors, John Coonen's been obsessed with CMS since way back. So he started The CMS Connection to bring it all together, and share the good bits with others.

Jul
20

Crownpeak Rebrands, Adds Denver Office

Crownpeak Rebrands, Adds Denver Office

Crownpeak and ActiveStandards move forward with rebranding of new merged entity

Crownpeak Digital Experience (DXM) and Digital Quality Management (DQM), announced today the introduction of a new branding and the concurrent refresh of portions of the company website. The developments signify the final phase of integration with ActiveStandards since merging in April. The combined company will move forward under the Crownpeak name.

New Denver Office

The company also noted that in addition to offices in Los Angeles and London, it has expanded to Denver. Supported by a 26,000 sq. ft. complex, Crownpeak’s new presence in the Mountain West highlights the strong levels of talent in the region and rise of the marketing technology industry. To continue to build on high rates of both internal and external growth, Crownpeak named Allan Stewart as Global VP of Sales, Frank Ronchetti as CFO and J.J. Gorsuch as VP of Products to the developing Crownpeak team.

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Jul
15

Drag and Drop Automated FarmBot Just Blew Past Its $100k Goal

Drag and Drop Automated FarmBot Just Blew Past Its $100k Goal

A friend of mine just shared a link to a very cool new Kickstarter project called FarmBot. It just so happens, they blew by their $100,000 goal today (they're at $103k and counting), with over two weeks to go on the crowdfunding platform. Powered by open source software, FarmBot is a CNC machine built for home farming. The basic unit is priced at $2,900 for pre-orders. The kit's footprint is approximately 4' x 10', big enough to sustain one person's diet of fresh vegetables year-round. It's also scalable and extensible, making FarmBot capable of delivering a commercially viable automated farming operation.

Founded and currently operated by a team of three (Rory, Rick and Tim) out of a home on Upham Street in San Luis Obispo, California, FarmBot is a Benefit Corporation, dedicated to open source hardware, software and business practices.  FarmBot has a great deal of community support from Kickstarter fans, but the support started much earlier, with a grant from the Shuttleworth Foundation. According to FarmBot, the grant helped to fund Founder Rory Aronson's work for a year, starting in March of 2014. Additionally, FarmBot credits support from OpenBuilds, Willowfields Enterprises, and 3Design Products.

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Jun
20

GoBone: Play With Your Dog at Home While You're at Work

GoBone: Play With Your Dog at Home While You're at Work

KickStarter sales for GoBone hit its goal in just five days.

The GoBone was recently pitched on KickStarter as a smartbone to keep dogs active with automatic, all­-day entertainment while the owner is away. They reached their goal of $60,000 in just five days, and as of today, the project is nearly at triple its goal, at nearly $150,000. The GoBone is for remote automated play, but it can also be used as an app­-controlled gaming device for owners to interact with and play with their dogs in a fun, unique way when they are apart, or together.

“As a dog owner and animal shelter volunteer, I know how much being bored and lonely can stress a dog,” says Santiago Gutierrez, CEO and founder. “When I created the GoBone, my original goal was to keep my dog Rufus entertained while he was home alone. But then I realized the GoBone could also be used to improve the bond between owners and their pets through interactive games they can play together. When we tested the GoBone initially, we did so with shelter dogs of all sizes. I saw the impact it made so donating to a local Dallas shelter just made sense as a great way to give back.”

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Jun
17

Hippo Connect 2016

Hippo Connect 2016

Septermber 22-23 in Boston, Mass

Hippo's annual event is returning to Boston for two inspiring days of connecting, learning and sharing digital stories. Hippo Connect is about bringing together the worlds of Business and Tech by opening up a dialogue about creating unique digital experiences, representing our open (source) culture. It is also the only place to meet our large community of developers, architects, digital marketers, content strategists and all the people behind the Hippo brand.  

Event Location

Hippo Connect Boston will this year be held in the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Centre for the Arts in Boston's Historic South End. ​Providing a unique theatrical stage for digital storytelling.

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Jun
16

CloudCraze + IBM Watson Mix It Up On New BearNaked Granola Site

CloudCraze + IBM Watson Mix It Up On New BearNaked Granola Site

The Avianos implementation team recently launched new technology for BearNakedCustom.com Granola, powered by CloudCraze commerce and IBM Watson. Implemented by Avionos, this is CloudCraze's first direct-to-consumer offering.  The site allows consumers to order custom granola mixes online, choosing from 50 locally sourced ingredients to create personalized granola blends through an easy-to-use online order experience.

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Jun
13

Microsoft Announces LinkedIn Acquisition for $26.2 Billion

Microsoft Announces LinkedIn Acquisition for $26.2 Billion

Today, Microsoft and LinkedIn announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash. LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Reid Hoffman, chairman of the board, co-founder and controlling shareholder of LinkedIn, and Weiner both fully support this transaction. The transaction is expected to close this calendar year.

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Jun
09

Nuxeo Closes $10 Million Financing Round

Nuxeo Closes $10 Million Financing Round

New York, NY, June 8, 2016 – Nuxeo, developer of a leading Enterprise Content Management (ECM) platform which enables organizations to manage complex digital content at massive scale, announced today that it has closed a financing round with $10 million committed by Kennet Partners. The capital will be used to expand sales capacity in North America and support international growth in Europe and Asia.

Since its last funding in 2013, Nuxeo has experienced substantial growth, particularly in the US which now represents half of the company’s revenues, and has established itself as a key challenger in the ECM market.

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May
10

Just Released: Bolt 3.0

This news was just shared with us by Bob at Bolt CMS: We are proud and glad to present Bolt 3.0.0 stable to you, today. A lot has changed in Bolt 3, both under-the-hood as well as from a visual perspective and there are quite a few new features too. Bolt 3 has matured, and grown into a very extensible tool, that can be used both as a straightforward CMS, as well as a platform to build your custom applications on.

Bolt 3.0 Improvements:

Clean structure, easy updates

The default installation of Bolt is now a pre-packaged composer installation. In practice this means you can simply download a .tar.gz or .zip file to get started, and keep that updated by simply renaming one file, and running composer update. We provide a bunch of other installation options too, like 'composer installs', 'regular FTP', 'cloning from git'. As an added benefit, the default installation now keeps all PHP and configuration files outside of the webroot.

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May
03

New Product Launch: Liferay DX Platform

New Product Launch: Liferay DX Platform

New Liferay DXP to be available for purchase through a Liferay Enterprise Subscription at the end of May 2016

Our friends over at Liferay made a big announcement today, with the launch of their new DX product, called Liferay Digital Experience Platform. Liferay DXP for short. Liferay DXP is sure to be an excellent addition to the Liferay lineup, not only for new prospects seeking an alternative to Adobe Experience Platform, but existing Liferay customers who want to dance with the one who brought them. This is an exciting time for customers in the CMS world; today's new platforms continue to adapt, to better serve their clients who want to improve their customers' digital experience journey.

About Liferay Digital Experience Platform

Liferay DXP is designed to help companies create and manage experiences that support the end-to-end customer relationship. With Liferay DXP, digital innovation leaders can enable every business unit in the enterprise to serve the customer consistently, by integrating deeply with business operations and building an understanding of the customer with every interaction.

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May
02

On The Move: Larry Garfield Lands at platform.sh

On The Move: Larry Garfield Lands at platform.sh

Kudos to the folks over at platform.sh, who just landed longtime Palantir.net tech knowledgist Larry Garfield to be their new Director of Runtimes, Integrations and Services. From the plaform.sh site: "Today, we're pleased to welcome Larry Garfield, our new Director of Runtimes, Integrations, and Services. Larry joins us after his lengthy tenure at Palantir.net, as well as leading the WSCCI Initiative for Drupal 8. His job here is to "make hosting Open Source projects with Platform.sh stupid easy", a task which will draw on his extensive experience with multiple open source projects."

Larry kicked off his new gig at platform.sh (a Commerce Guys production) last week. Here's their announcment

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Apr
18

On The Move: OpenText Announces Agreement Buy HP's DX Assets For $170M

On The Move: OpenText Announces Agreement Buy HP's DX Assets For $170M

Acquisition by OpenText Aims To Strengthen Enterprise Information Management Offerings

Enterprise software giant OpenText announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to buy HP TeamSite and other DX-related software and service-related assets from HP. The $170 Million purchase price seems like a smart buy for OpenText, with anticipated earnings of $85M - $95M annually (2x earnings).

"Interwoven and Vignette are finally getting married."  - Tony White

Tony White continued: "Although TeamSite hasn't recently been purchased by enterprises for new implementations, there are some very valuable pieces of the technology that make it attractive for an information management vendor.  Autonomy understood that.  So does OpenText, especially in conjunction with the other applications OpenText picked up from HP." Tony White is the founder of Ars Logica, a Boston-based DX Analyst Firm.

The software assets to be acquired include: HP TeamSite, a modern multi-channel digital experience management platform for web content management, HP MediaBin, a digital asset management solution, HP Qfiniti, an intelligent workforce optimization solution designed to improve enterprise contact center management, as well as HP Explore, HP Aurasma.  More information on these solutions can be found at www.hpengage.com

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Apr
15

Pagekit 1.0 Arrives (this is gonna be big)!

Pagekit 1.0 Arrives (this is gonna be big)!

It's Fast. It's Clean. It's Open Source and It's Free. Pagekit Sitebuilder CMS Goes Live With Version 1.0.

It's been years in the making, but the incredibly talented folks at Pagekit have something truly fantastic to show for all the hard work. Pagekit 1.0 went live today, and it's everything you're looking for in a Sitebuilder CMS (watch out, SquareSpace). Backed by an extremely focused group of developers and designers in a growing community, Pagekit made its debut today as version 1.0 hit the web. Downloads of the free, open source, flat-file CMS are brisk, causing some challenges to their servers; but folks, it's worth any wait to get yourself a fresh copy of Pagekit, and start building!

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Apr
14

How To Re-order Fields Using RS Directory


For Joomla users using RSDirectory, here's a 2-minute primer by RSJoomla on how to change the field order. There's a trick to it. 

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Apr
13

What Is DX?

What Is DX?

It's Like CMS (with more experience).

It's no secret that there are some big players in the Digital Experience technology sector who have finally shifted from labeling themselves as a "CMS" to a new acronym, with one-third less clarity: "DX."  Worse yet, DX (Digital Experience) can easily be confused by two sister-nyms, "CX," (Customer Experience), and her evil twin, "WEM," (Web Experience Management).  

So, What Constitutes "DX"?

I've boiled it down to a very simple solution (see infographic on this page) to answer that very question. Some may think it's too simple, but I like things simple enough to explain in a short elevator ride. Here's my take. Bottom line is, Digital Experience is not a single purpose application, it's a multi-purpose suite of applications which boil down to four key functions: content, marketing, sales and support. There's a lot more to it than that under each broad category, but together, they are the pillar technologies used by owners and administrators to create and maintain the Customer Experience in a digital, augmented, or real-world scenario.  

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Apr
13

Magnolia CMS and Aperto Relaunch Migros

Magnolia CMS and Aperto Relaunch Migros

Using Magnolia CMS, digital agency Aperto is making Migros –  Switzerland’s largest retailer – accessible in one place with a new design, optimised user experience on all devices, and features such as personalization and localization

The largest retailer and employer in Switzerland, Migros’ new website now offers all users an integrated brand experience, uncomplicated access to relevant information and products as well as added value through personalised services. As the lead digital agency, Aperto was responsible for the relaunch, including strategy, concept, UX, visual design and content as well as front- and backend implementation. The technical realization was built on Magnolia — a content management platform developed in Switzerland.

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Apr
11

On The Move: CrownPeak and ActiveStandards Merger

On The Move: CrownPeak and ActiveStandards Merger

News of another buy-out: CrownPeak, the first cloud-based CMS provider I was introduced to, announced that it has merged with ActiveStandards, an enterprise Digital Digital Quality Management (DQM) solutions provider.  The combined company will provide clients with the only cloud-first DXM platform that features built-in DQM. In connection with the merger, the company has confirmed a $50 million investment by K1 to support the anticipated re-launch as well as future product enhancements.  

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Apr
08

CoreMedia Now Integrates With IBM Marketing Cloud

CoreMedia, a digital experience (DX) company, announced the official validation of its integration with the IBM Marketing Cloud, a cloud-based digital marketing platform that provides email marketing, lead management, and mobile engagement solutions. This integration builds on the capabilities of its existing CoreMedia LiveContext solution, which augments IBM-powered web stores with content and digital asset management capabilities-and extends it to support omni-channel digital marketing.

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Apr
06

Rightpoint Buys Oasis To Form Single North American Digital Agency

Rightpoint Buys Oasis To Form Single North American Digital Agency

The digital agency roll-up continues today with the acquisition of Boston-based Agency Oasis by Chicago-based digital agency, Rightpoint. Soon, Agency Oasis will be re-branded Rightpoint, with three co-CEOs. The acquisition looks to be a smart mash-up of two middle-tier boutique agencies, each with a healthy client portfolio, into a more formidable and unified North American agency, with over 300 employees.

The agencys' client lists are impressive, and their marketing technology services center around healthy brands such as Sitecore, Salesforce, episerver and Microsoft (among others).  Fueled by a $55 million investment last year by New York based Stella Point Capital, Rightpoint's acquisition helps position them to better serve its North American and international markets, as well as further specialization in key enterprise content, marketing and sales technologies.

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Apr
04

Salesforce Gobbles Up MetaMind

Salesforce Gobbles Up MetaMind

Artificial Intelligence Startup MetaMind Acquired by Salesforce

Another acquisition today – Salesforce acquired Palo Alto-based AI provider, MetaMind, announced today by their CEO Richard Socher (see below). MetaMind was still in start-up mode, launched in 2014, funded in part by SF's CEO Mark Benioff.

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Mar
31

Bart Omlo Promoted To Kentico's Sales Director for EMEA & LATAM

Bart Omlo - KenticoRecently, Kentico announced the promotion of Bart Omlo to the position of Sales Director for the EMEA and LATAM regions. In his new role at Kentico, Bart is responsible for directly managing teams across Europe and overseeing account management, direct and indirect sales, strategic planning, and new business development. He reports directly to Richard Brulik, Vice President of Global Sales.

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Mar
29

RTM Release: Microsoft SharePoint 2016 Server

RTM Release: Microsoft SharePoint 2016 Server

March 14: SharePoint 2016 reached RTM, with general availability in "early May," announces Microsoft. 

The CMS Connection is now covering Microsoft SharePoint, one of the most popular enterprise CMSs on the market today.  The release of SharePoint 2016 is a major advancement for the Redmond Washington-based company, a step up for enterprise content management administrators. 

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Mar
28

Joomla 3.5 Released: "Do (a Little) More."

Joomla 3.5 Released: "Do (a Little) More."

Last week, the Joomla project announced the release of version 3.5, its first major release since late September of 2012. Feature improvements are listed on Joomla's website, the most notable being 3.5's support for PHP 7.0.  PHP 7.0 was released in December of 2015. Joomla is the last of the "big three" open source CMSs to support PHP 7.0, which was designed and developed to significantly improve website performance. 

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Mar
18

Top 20 CMS 2.0 Criteria Metrics For Success

Top 20 CMS 2.0 Criteria Metrics For Success

We recently updated The CMS Connection's editorial coverage. While we added some content on the enterprise sales and marketing technology end, we spent even more energy in focusing the CMS Connection's content, trimming the sails by over 3,000 aging and less pertinent articles. Times have changed, and unlike just a few short years ago, today's CMS Pros are seeking better information on unified Content, Marketing, Sales and Support (aka "CMSS" or what we call "CMS 2.0") technology and best practices.

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Mar
16

New DevSlice Tech Podcast Goes Live For Developers

New DevSlice Tech Podcast Goes Live For Developers

For Developers Only: DevSlice Technology Podcast Launches To Provide Longform Content On Fast-emerging Technology

There are plenty of tech podcasts that go skin deep on what's up and coming on today's tech scene, but there are precious few podcasts that are created and produced by senior level developers, that actually take the proper time to explain the details behind the hype. Sensing that void, and wanting to share his own passion for functional programming, developer Josh Miller launched DevSlice Podcast this week.

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Mar
08

Software Updates On CMS Connection Today: It's Gonna Be "Huge!"

(Pardon our dust)

We're making major changes to The CMS Connection today. Our main focus for the next few days will be making HUGE changes to the CMS Directory. If you receive an inadvertent email (or many) from the CMS Connection, you are not alone. Please accept my apologies for any technical hiccups like this in the meantime. Thanks! -JC

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Mar
02

What Topics Would You Like Us To Cover?

What Topics Would You Like Us To Cover?

Major Renovation Is Over (for now).  

For the past couple months when not busy on my "real job," I've been fine-tuning the CMS Connection. Specifically, I've focused on the CMS Connection's blog (the section you're now reading, by the way), making it easier to use, more secure (notice the "https" designation?), and much faster-loading.  You'll notice I'll be in continuous improvement mode now, when it comes to design and development needs here on The CMS Connection, re-creating the Directory, adding the ability to comment on products and services, and a few other goodies up my sleeve in 2016...

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Mar
01

CloudCraze Wins Kellogg's eCommerce Business

CloudCraze Wins Kellogg's eCommerce Business

Kellogg’s, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence and three other global brands selected CloudCraze over industry competitors for its agile, customer-centric commerce platform native on Salesforce

CloudCraze, the enterprise eCommerce platform built natively on Salesforce, has been selected as the eCommerce solution provider for five global brands, including Kellogg’s and  Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. New client wins also include a global manufacturer of apparel and footwear, as well as a global technology and industrial equipment manufacturer.

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Feb
25

Rochen: First To Offer Free SSL For Its Hosting Customers

Rochen: First To Offer Free SSL For Its Hosting Customers

This news just in, from Rochen Hosting: Within the past few weeks, Rochen has integrated the Let’s Encrypt SSL project as a feature into the cPanel for our Premium Web Hosting (PWH) customers. This means Rochen hosting customers can now enable HTTPS for premium hosting customer websites without incurring any SSL certificate costs. Further, because Rochen uses Server Name Indication (SNI) technology, there are no costs for dedicated IPs either.

HTTPS = Better Security + Better SEO

As we've noted in previous articles here on the CMS Connection, in addition to the security benefits, enabling HTTPS for sites can provide Search Engine Optimization (SEO) advantages as well, as Google is now weighting SSL-enabled sites more favorably. One of our Spotlight CMSs at CMS Connection, MODX, noted that their page rank jumped immediately to Google's front page, upon switching over to Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. 

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Feb
15

Ingeniux Earns CMS Award

Ingeniux Corporation, a leading intelligent content management and digital experience software company is honored to be awarded Best CMS for Mid-Sized Business in the annual CMS Critic People's Choice Awards.  CMS Critic holds its annual Critics' Choice Awards, which includes the People's Choice Awards, recognize outstanding performance by content management platforms across a range of CMS categories.

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Feb
02

Ingeniux Announces User Conference

 
Seattle-based Ingeniux Corporation, a leading intelligent content management and digital experience software company is pleased to announce the dates of the Ingeniux User Conference 2016. The annual user conference will take place September 28-30, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.


The Ingeniux User Conference brings together customers and partners from throughout the US, Canada, and Europe for three days of keynote presentations, breakout sessions, workshops, and networking.

The Ingeniux User Conference mission is to provide Ingeniux users with the knowledge and tools they need to deliver engaging web experiences that resonate with target audiences and meet business goals. The conference provides a space for the Ingeniux community to network, share knowledge, and set the foundation for innovation. 

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Jan
22

Visual China Group Buys Corbis

Visual China Group Buys Corbis

Sale includes brands Corbis Images, Corbis Motion, and Veer. Future licensing will be through Getty Images.

Today, Corbis announced the sale of its content licensing business to Unity Glory International, which is an affiliate of the Visual China Group (VCG), a leading Chinese visual communications and new media business. This sale includes the images and motion archives from Corbis Images, Corbis Motion, and Veer, and all their associated brands and trademarks.

As pointed out in their press release, the sale does not include the Branded Entertainment Network, Splash, or Greenlight, its rights clearance and representation business.

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Jan
20

CloudCraze Playing Key Role in Salesforce’s Growing Ecosystem

CloudCraze Playing Key Role in Salesforce’s Growing Ecosystem

B2B eCommerce solution to support Salesforce’s developing role in the global commerce economy

CloudCraze™, an enterprise eCommerce platform provider built natively on the Salesforce Platform, will play a role in contributing to the Salesforce ecosystem, which is projected to provide one million jobs and add $272 billion to local economies by the end of 2018, by being a leader in its developing eCommerce offerings. The Salesforce ecosystem, which consists of the company’s partners and customers, currently produces 2.8 times the revenue of Salesforce itself, with expectations to grow 3.7 times as large as Salesforce.

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Jan
18

On The Move: Axway Buys Appcelerator

On The Move: Axway Buys Appcelerator

Today, Paris, France-based Axway (with US headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ) announced the all-cash acquisition of San Jose, California-based Appcelerator Inc., a US company helping organizations build their mobile business with a leading mobile engagement platform to drive impressive mobile app experiences. With the acquisition of Appcelerator, Axway expands its suite of digital business enablement solutions for enterprise. Their goal: achieve success at every step in their digital transformation journey — delivering optimal customer experiences connected on any device, to any data source, at any time.   

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Jan
14

CloudCraze Taps hybris Veteran Michael Harvat to Expand Business Development in Central U.S.

CloudCraze, an enterprise eCommerce platform built natively on the Salesforce Platform, has hired Michael Harvat as sales director for the U.S. Central Region. Harvat will be responsible for expanding business territory and driving sales development for the CloudCraze solution.

Harvat will be responsible for leading regional sales and business development for the rapidly growing B2B eCommerce platform Harvat has more than twenty years of experience in the enterprise software and B2B technology industries. Prior to joining CloudCraze, Harvat worked at hybris Software, Adobe Systems, and Oracle, where he led enterprise accounts and sales.

"Mike has an impressive professional background in the B2B commerce and the digital marketing space and we are thrilled to tap his experience to expand CloudCraze business development in the Central U.S.," said Ray Grady, executive vice president at CloudCraze. "We have major expansion plans for 2016 and Harvat will be a key contributor to that growth."

In 2015, CloudCraze received funding from Aktion Partners, successfully completed implementations with several Fortune 500 and global companies, including Avid Technology and Barry Callebaut, and was recognized in the Forrester Wave™: B2B Commerce Suites, Q2 2015. As a result, the company has experienced significant growth and has added several other industry veterans to its leadership team, including former senior vice president and general manager of Acquia, Ray Grady.

With the B2B online market expected to grow 7.7 percent per year over the next five years, B2B companies are being forced to adapt to rapidly evolving customer expectations. As sales director, Harvat's goal will be to expand CloudCraze's market share in the Central Region of the U.S. by capitalizing on the benefits of CloudCraze's unique offerings to the B2B space: eCommerce on Salesforce.

For more information, visit http://www.cloudcraze.com

About CloudCraze
CloudCraze delivers robust B2B and B2C eCommerce native on the Salesforce Platform. CloudCraze enables clients to deploy mobile storefronts quickly, generate online revenue in weeks, and easily scale for growth. In a single Salesforce instance, CloudCraze shares data and processes with existing Salesforce Sales, Service, Marketing, and Community Cloud deployments and it's all easily managed through the point-and-click Salesforce interface. CloudCraze powers eCommerce for Coca-Cola, Avid, Barry-Callebaut, Ecolab, GE, L'Oreal, Zimmer Dental and more.

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Dec
14

What's With All the Tech Bubble Talk Lately?

What's With All the Tech Bubble Talk Lately?

Recently, I listened to a podcast on NPR, called "Bubblelicious." It's episode # 656 (for those who count, and you know who you are), and a pretty good listen on a bike ride or a run, or whatever y'all Fitbit wearin' millennial types like to do with your time these days. What's your thought on a bubble? Is it a bunch of hooey, or are things truly about to burst?

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Nov
25

Go Disrupt Yourself, Open Source CMS.

Go Disrupt Yourself, Open Source CMS.

Is Disruptive Innovation Coming Back To the Open Source CMS Space?

Cross your fingers and hope this might be a trend! If you've been waiting for disruption to return to the open source CMS technology world, the past week sure delivered! At the end of last week, and up through Monday, #Drupal was trending, as Dries Buytaert announced that after approximately five years, it was finally time to celebrate the introduction of Drupal 8, an incredibly powerful and some would argue disruptive new re-write of Drupal. Given all of its advancements, it's destined to bring even more open source developers and site owners into the fold. Bryan Ruby's story here provides detail.

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Nov
24

New Kentico Version 9: Content, Marketing and Sales are Built-in

New Kentico Version 9: Content, Marketing and Sales are Built-in

BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC: Today, Kentico announced the release of version 9.0, the latest CMS 2.0 class technology platform released for B2B and B2C implementations. The announcement was made at its annual Kentico Connection meeting at its corporate headquaters.

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Nov
06

Call For Reviewers: PeepSo Social Network Plugin for WordPress

Call For Reviewers: PeepSo Social Network Plugin for WordPress

So, "PeepSo" for WordPress just recently launched. I'll be writing my own review of PeepSo soon, and in doing so, rather than just supply my own opinion, I wanted to invite some other folks who actually use and develop with WordPress social networking plugins to be part of this review process.  Content without context is rather useless, so this is a call for experienced sitebuilders, developers and end-users in the social networking realm (think BuddyPress). 

So consider yourself invited!

If YOU are interested in taking part in our PeepSo review, please contact me here, and I'll get you started. We should have this wrapped up pretty quick, to get a well-rounded review here for all to see and share.  I look forward to hearing from you, particularly if you're already involved working with BuddyPress, or any other of WordPress' current social networking plugins.

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Nov
06

ThemeButler Launches With an Experimental Business Model

ThemeButler Launches With an Experimental Business Model

WordPress Themes on ThemeButler are 100% free to use. Yeah, so how does that work?

Longtime WordPress theme designer and front-end wizard Chris Rault just launched a brand-new WordPress theme company, called ThemeButler. Beyond the theme designs themselves, which are top notch, I think what you'll find interesting about this new venture is Chris' experimental new business model: The themes aren't paid for by the people who actually use them. 

Said another way, these high-performance themes are 100% free to download and use, with no strings attached. They're GPL licensed, and they're incredibly fast-performing, built on the new Beans framework for WordPress. There's no required advertising or link-backs, no hidden privacy grabs or anything like that. Instead, sponsors pay ThemeButler to create some of the coolest, fastest, kick-assiest WordPress themes around. In return, sponsoring organizations get to use ThemeButler's valuable real estate to promote their own message, within the theme itself.  Clever, huh?

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Nov
04

On The Move: Kevin Cochrane Named CMO at Jahia

On The Move: Kevin Cochrane Named CMO at Jahia

Kevin Cochrane was recently named CMO at Jahia. Photo by Greg Klebus.

This news just in from the DX Summit in Chicago: Jahia, a leader in digital experience management, today announced the appointment of software industry veteran Kevin Cochrane to the new position of Chief Marketing Officer. Cochrane's responsibilities will include development of the company's worldwide marketing strategies to drive Jahia's 'Digital Agility Now' vision for customers, and accelerate Jahia's global expansion in North America and EMEA with its pioneering Digital Experience Management (DXM) platform, DX7.

"We are delighted that Kevin has deepened his commitment to Jahia's success, adding CMO responsibilities to his current role of active board advisor," said Elie Auvray, Jahia chief executive officer. "Customer experience has been the touchstone of Kevin's career. His extraordinary knowledge, combined with innovative product and market vision and business acumen, made Kevin stand out as the most exemplary person to lead Jahia in this vital role," said Emmanuel Garcin, Jahia chief operating officer. 

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28

26 Ways to Boost Your eCommerce Site Conversions

Get more conversions on your eCommerce site

Often overlooked ways for you to turn more visitors into customers on your eCommerce site.

‘corePHP’ is always on the look-out for ways our clients can boost conversions on their eCommerce sites. We thought we’d share 26 of the most often overlooked, inexpensive, and easy to implement ideas, to help you generate more eCommerce conversions. Treat this like a checklist, every time you add a product to your inventory, and you’ll be on the right track to higher conversion rates. Do you have advice to share? Please feel free to comment, and add your advice to this compilation as well!

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Sep
18

Six Tips To Improve Your Digital Experience

Converging your digital and on-site experiences.

Converging digital experiences continue to drive incremental sales, according to the 3rd annual Deloitte study.

For Best Results, Connect Digital Experience to In-Store Shopping

The 3rd annual digital experience study by analysts at Deloitte revealed a continuing trend, showing how mobile connectivity influences retail purchasing decisions. The study examined over 3,000 U.S. consumers to understand how their digital interactions (eCommerce, social, review sites, etc) are influencing in-store U.S. retail purchases.  To nobody’s surprise, this year’s data clearly shows that digital influence continues to accelerate and shift the ground under the feet of retailers large and small alike.

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Sep
10

Over 1,200 Sites Now Powered by paGO Commerce

paGO Commerce helps you go anywhere, sell everywhere.

No matter where you are, no matter where your customers are, you’re always selling with paGO Commerce.

Need for Speed & Modern Code Fuels Massive Growth of paGO Commerce

‘corePHP’ is pleased to announce paGO Commerce for Joomla! now powers over 1,200 eCommerce sites. A majority of that growth has come from VirtueMart users and integrators, followed by first-time entrepreneurs and e-store owners. The main reasons for the move to paGO Commerce has been for performance and code flexibility, followed by security and responsive support concerns over other brands.

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Sep
09

CMS Made Simple

CMS Made Simple

CMS Made Simple is an open source content management system that allows for faster and easier management of website content. This CMS is scalable for small businesses to large corporations. 

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  • http://www.cmsconnection.com
  •   Wednesday, 13 January 2016
  •   Wednesday, 13 January 2016
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Aug
23

CMS 2.0: Maybe It's Time To Upgrade How We Define CMS

CMS2.0 Follow Hashtag: #CMSX2

For nearly a decade now, CMSs as we've known them have been far more than mere "Content Management Systems.," and we all know it. Maybe it's time to re-define "CMS" technology in terms of how we've all been using it for the past ten-plus years: Content Marketing and Sales technology.

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Aug
20

paGO Commerce 2.0 is Coming – Get Ready To Fly

fly high with the upcoming release of paGO Commerce version 2.0

Major advances in SEO and income processing speed will highlight the upcoming paGO Commerce 2.0 launch.

New Features: SEO Wingman Optimization & QuickPay Transaction Engine

SEO Optimization: When it comes to SEO optimization, you know you need it to keep your site ranked high, and on your prospects’ radar. That said, you also don’t want to get hijacked by “SEO experts,” paying them a small fortune, without learning how it’s done. To keep gaining altitude, what you really need is a co-pilot – a built-in wingman – there as needed to guide you and help you keep on the flight plan, connecting you to your customers.

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Jul
30

Manage Your eCommerce Site the Easy Way

Easy Button - paGO Commerce

paGO Commerce makes managing your eCommerce site easy.

Ever had the thought of putting your head through the wall, frustrated with how complex the software developers made it to configure your e-commerce site? Why do they make it so complex, when it should be so freaking simple!!!

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May
27

All New paGO Commerce: Mobile-first and Mobile-FAST!

Check out our new back-end for paGO Commerce, built by 'corePHP'

At ‘corePHP’ we announced a new high-performance back-end for paGO Commerce. It’s mobile, and it’s fast!

Yesterday, ‘corePHP’s CEO and Chief Technology Officer Steven Pignataro announced the latest stable version releases of paGO Commerce, version 1.1 and 1.1.1. The big news was the creation of an all new back-end admin interface for paGO Commerce. We made paGO easier to use, lighter weight, and faster for store owners to visualize, track and manage their online inventory and sales.

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26

paGO Commerce 1.1 Released With All-New Back-End

paGO Commerce's latest release features an all-new back-end

Since releasing paGO Commerce in January of this year, we’ve been hard at work on the next steps along our roadmap. We created paGO Commerce  to alleviate the headaches created by many mainstream commerce platforms. Above all, our focus was on creating a more future proof, modular codebase, that didn’t leave developers at a dead-end, forced to hack the core in order to make even the most basic changes. With paGO commerce, you can bend it any way you want. It’s flexible, and it’s fast.

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Mar
31

On The Move: Magnolia CMS Chosen to Power All Virgin Holidays Websites

Virgin Holidays Selects Magnolia CMS

Today Magnolia announced that Virgin Holidays, the UK’s most popular worldwide holiday company, has chosen Magnolia CMS to power all of its brands’ websites, supporting the company’s strategic goal of increasing its digital business with a richer and more consistent online customer experience.

Previously, Virgin Holidays had used different technologies and content management systems for each of its eleven brand websites. Using Magnolia to consolidate all of these into a single platform means that going forward, all sites will be managed centrally under one service-orientated architecture.

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