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Day: August 17, 2021

MURAL offers free plan for guided visual collaboration

MURAL, a provider of digital workspaces for guided visual collaboration in the enterprise, has launched a new MURAL Free plan so teams everywhere can collaborate visually without any time limits. The new plan offers a free forever digital workspace that includes five murals, unlimited members, and all of MURAL’s Facilitation Superpowers features. The free plan offers teams a chance to turn traditional, nonproductive meetings into engaging, inclusive opportunities for ideation and co-creation through guided visual collaboration.

This includes timers to keep meetings on schedule, voting sessions to speed up decision-making, summoning participants to direct attention, private mode to enable more inclusive ideation, and celebrations. Visitors can collaborate in any mural simply by sharing a link. The Free plan also includes access to over 250 templates for team activities like brainstorming, product roadmaps, OKR planning, Agile ceremonies, user journey maps, team building, icebreakers, and more. Free memberships include access to MURAL’s deep expertise in visual thinking, including resources like MURAL Learning and MURAL Community.

The Free plan joins a new plans from MURAL, including the Team+ plan that allows for frequent collaboration with unlimited murals, the Business plan that provides increased security and expert onboarding, and the full-featured Enterprise plan.

Confluent launches Q3 ʼ21 Release

Confluent, Inc. announced the Confluent Q3 ʼ21 Release, with features that help organizations share data between different environments, integrate with business-critical applications, and store data for digital customer experiences and data-driven backend operations.

As a part of the Q3 ʼ21 Release, ksqlDB pull queries are now generally available in Confluent Cloud. Together with push queries, ksqlDB enables a broad class of end-to-end stream processing workloads without the need to work across multiple systems to build streaming applications.

Confluent has expanded its library of managed Kafka. The Salesforce Platform Events Source connector enables organizations to unlock customer data and share it with downstream data warehouses and applications. The Azure Cosmos DB Sink connector helps companies migrate to a modern, cloud-native database to enable high performance and automatic scaling, unlocking real-time use cases.

Confluent re-architected Kafka to work in the cloud. Infinite Storage is now generally available for Google Cloud, after initially launching for AWS. Organizations can now retain all the real-time and historical data they need without pre-provisioning additional infrastructure or running the risk of paying for unused storage.

CMS supplier Umbraco acquired by Monterro

Content management system (CMS) supplier Umbraco is expanding worldwide with operational and financial backing from Swedish software growth investor Monterro. Announced by both companies, Monterro now owns a majority stake in the Danish open-source CMS vendor. Umbraco CEO Kim Sneum Madsen will continue in his leadership role, while founder Niels Hartvig will leave the company to pursue other opportunities.

Founded in 2005, Umbraco offers platforms that include the open-source Umbraco CMS; Umbraco Heartcore, a headless CMS; Umbraco Cloud; and Umbraco Uno, a one-stop platform for non-technical marketers and creative agencies.

As part of its mission to turn Nordic software companies into global market leaders, Monterro has completed 17 investments and 17 add-on investments since 2012. These include operational experience from successfully developing and running companies such as Pointsec, Orc Software, and CMS vendor EPiServer, now Optimizely. Monterro CEO Gustav Lagercrantz said Umbraco’s strong open-source model with an extensive community, as well as Monterro’s positive previous experience with the CMS industry, made Umbraco a highly attractive investment. ▪︎

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