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Month: March 2021 (Page 2 of 5)

Acquia updates Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP)

Acquia announced updates to the Acquia Open Digital Experience Platform (DXP) to help marketers and developers architect a composable enterprise. These include the launch of Acquia Experience Platform, including Acquia CMS, a content management system (CMS) built on Drupal, and enhancements to Acquia Drupal Cloud and Acquia Marketing Cloud. New to Drupal Cloud, the Acquia Experience Platform includes Acquia CMS, Site Studio and Cloud IDE. All run on the Acquia Cloud Platform, a Kubernetes-native, autoscaling cloud platform for digital experiences:

  • Acquia CMS: a brand new CMS that includes capabilities from the Drupal community in a simple, out-of-the-box experience.
  • Acquia Site Studio: a no-code tool available within an enterprise CMS, allowing anyone to build websites without the need for technical expertise.
  • Acquia Cloud IDE: development environment for Drupal to expedite development timelines and reduce barriers to entry for Drupal development.

Acquia Marketing Cloud updates:

  • Unified analytics: Acquia Personalization now leverages the same analytics platform as Acquia CDP.
  • New machine learning models: New fuzzy clustering capabilities allow customers to be segmented into multiple machine learning clusters.
  • Reporting enhancements: New campaign performance reporting provides insights into the results from campaigns using CDP data.
  • Compliance workflows: A new consumer data erasure request UI and API make it more efficient to honor GDPR and CCPA deletion requests and confirm that deletion requests were handled properly.

DataStax and IBM collaborate on NoSQL database

DataStax announced a collaboration with IBM to deliver DataStax Enterprise, a scale-out NoSQL database built on the open source Apache Cassandra. DataStax Enterprise with IBM is now available to help enterprises build and manage modern data applications in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. DataStax Enterprise is an open, multi-cloud stack for modern data applications, a multi-model database incorporating transactions, search, analytics, and graph workloads all on the same platform. Building on the existing IBM Cloud Databases for DataStax product, DataStax Enterprise with IBM is designed to provide IBM customers with a hybrid cloud solution set that can be deployed on private clouds or on multiple public clouds to support applications requiring open source Apache Cassandra-based technology. DataStax Enterprise with IBM is designed to provide enterprises with:

  • The elimination of data sprawl with an operational data platform that helps enable organizations to move away from legacy systems
  • A lightning-fast data layer that can keep pace with AI and machine learning priorities
  • Extensibility to build an ideal tool and future-ready deployments
  • Global sales and support from IBM for worldwide customer deployments

ABBYY launches no-Code platform Vantage 2 and AI Marketplace

ABBYY launched Vantage 2, a low-code/no-code platform that delivers cognitive skills for RPA robots, automation systems, chatbots, and mobile solutions, enabling organizations to gain insights from documents and content. The company also launched ABBYY Marketplace, a marketplace where organizations can discover, try, and purchase reusable AI skills to accelerate their automation initiatives, while partners can build and publish skills to automate all types of content-centric processes.

ABBYY Vantage 2 lets citizen developers to have more control within intelligent automation initiatives, enabling business users to digitize operations faster without complete reliance on IT: with Vantage, they can derive insights from documents on a large scale. The re-architectured platform is built on microservices and packaged into containers orchestrated by Kubernetes. Cognigy, EXL, Kryon, Micro Focus, NICE, Pegasystems, PwC, and RoboRana are already integrating Vantage 2 with their platforms. Out-of-the-box connectors developed by ABBYY are available for Alteryx, Blue Prism, and UiPath.

The new ABBYY Marketplace provides an extensive online collection of reusable technology assets including cognitive skills for classification of documents and data extraction, ready-to-go process flows, and pre-built connectors. The Marketplace offers pre-trained skills for all types of documents like invoices, purchase orders, receipts, loan documents, insurance claims, bills of lading, and more.

Optimizely acquires customer data platform Zaius

Optimizely announced it has acquired Zaius, a customer data platform (CDP), bringing the context of the customer to the experience creation and optimization process of digital experiences. With the addition of Zaius organizations can:

  • Harmonize: Zaius adds 50 pre-built connector apps, including Shopify, Snowflake and Zendesk, to Optimizely’s Digital Experience Platform (DXP), powering the ability to create a unified view of customers via one-click integrations and automated identity resolution with consent management.
  • Understand: Zaius’s segmentation engine coupled with Optimizely’s behavioral data (from experiments) and transactional insights (from its content and commerce platform) provides a new level of insight aided by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)-driven predictions.
  • Act: Zaius includes more than 125 pre-configured orchestration recipes that allow marketers to take the optimal action immediately based on the full context of digital performance now visible across the entire process from creation to optimization.

Optimizely’s DXP focuses on the creation and optimization of digital experiences. With Zaius’s CDP – including its capabilities for AI and ML – the platform can unlock more value by providing visibility and guidance through the lens of the customer. ▪︎

Crownpeak acquires e-Spirit

Digital experience platform provider Crownpeak announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with German IT service provider adesso SE to acquire adesso subsidiary e-Spirit. Headquartered in Germany, e-Spirit enables businesses to rapidly deliver personalized, content-rich experiences across online channels. The acquisition doubles Crownpeak’s customer base, and brings together Crownpeak’s SaaS-based web content management system (CMS) and other offerings, which wrap digital quality, governance, and privacy into experience delivery, with e-Spirit’s content-driven commerce experiences and artificial intelligence (AI)-powered personalization.

The combination of Crownpeak and e-Spirit will create an agile digital experience platform for brands, regardless of location or vertical, to orchestrate digital experiences. Crownpeak’s built-in tools address content management, experience optimization and governance, personalization, web accessibility and privacy UX. Digital marketers across all industry sectors rely on the FirstSpirit platform, which includes a hybrid headless CMS, AI-driven personalization and omnichannel marketing capabilities, for individualized and synchronized content delivery across all channels. ▪︎

Hyland releases Alfresco Content Services 7.0

Hyland, a content services provider, released Alfresco Content Services 7.0, a modern, cloud-native content services platform, optimized for content model flexibility and performance. Enhancements include:

  • Extensibility – Hyland enhanced the developer experience with the new Alfresco Events SDK to speed the development process
  • Security & Governance – Organizations can reduce business risk and strengthen compliance with auto detection and tagging of Personal Identifiable Information (PII) in documents
  • Open Source – Hyland’s commitment for open standards and APIs allows organisations to integrate and customize solutions. Deployment scripts are available as open source to the Alfresco developer community
  • Create cloud applications through business workflow – Organizations can create business solutions designed in a low-code modeler environment which maps to content models, integrates with other cloud services and applications, and is deployed seamlessly to end users on web and mobile platforms
  • Early access to Elasticsearch – for customers who want to evaluate Elasticsearch for Alfresco Content Services as an alternative search engine to Solr
  • Support for enterprise-class records management and information lifecycle management – delivering a single source of the truth for all unstructured content in Alfresco or external repositories through Alfresco Federation Services

ACS 7.0 is available on Alfresco Cloud (PaaS) or for enterprises via self-hosted cloud or on premise deployment. ▪︎

Kentico launches Kentico Xperience 13 Refresh 1

Kentico announced an update to their digital experience platform (DXP). When ASP.NET Core MVC became the cornerstone of Kentico Xperience 13, it came with major challenges. To prevent any breaking changes and lengthy adjustment periods in the future, they have remodeled release cycles. Refresh 1 is focused on expanding existing functionalities, to provide future technology for the developers, while benefiting both marketers and content creators.

  • With the integration of AI services provider, Recombee, as customers visit individual pages, their behavior will be evaluated, resulting in automatic suggestions of the most relevant content to be displayed for them in appropriate areas.
  • The integration with the Bynder Digital Asset Management system provides the option of working with media in structured content. Users can now select their images directly from Bynder DAM as an alternative to using Media Library or a direct upload.
  • When searching in Kentico Xperience, the new search index enables searching for all kinds of content using just one index. Both structured and non-structured content are included, which makes working with Azure easier for developers.
  • When developing a website, with .NET Core Debug developers can now check what is going on in the live site, what has possibly gone wrong, or what type of data is being sent there, and fix it more effectively.

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Netlify announces Next.js integration for enterprise teams

Netlify, creator of the modern Jamstack web architecture, announced the ability to auto-detect and install Next.js applications with zero configuration. Netlify is designed for teams to modernize web architecture and workflow without locking in a JavaScript framework. Each team can migrate to Next.js from another framework or choose from a rapidly evolving ecosystem of frameworks such as Angular, 11ty, Nuxt.js, Vue.js and more. Netlify auto-detects the framework and enables support for:

  • Preview mode: Server-side render a live preview of a web app to share, gather feedback and make changes in real-time without requiring a build.
  • Next.js 10: Key elements of Next.js 10 include internationalized routing and React 17 support.
  • Atomic and immutable deploys: Compatibility with incremental static regeneration and server-side rendering techniques.

Capabilities for enterprise teams running Next.js applications.

  • Unified development workflow: Build, test, deploy and manage frontend and serverless code together from a single Git-based workflow.
  • Release management controls: Handle complex web rollouts with build settings and environmental variables tailored to branches, split testing for managed rollouts, and controls to limit publishing to the main branch.
  • Security and compliance: Security features including SOC 2 Type 2 attestation, SAML single sign-on (SSO) support, role-based access control, and two-factor authentication.
  • Self-hosted GitHub and GitLab integration: Use Netlify with enterprise versions of GitHub and GitLab that are often self-hosted. The integration is enabled and managed from the Netlify UI.
  • 24/7/365 production support.

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