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Month: September 2021 (Page 1 of 3)

Gilbane Advisor 9-29-21 — data repatriation, legacy scaling

This week we have articles from Kendall Clark and Timothy Prickett Morgan. News comes from Umbraco, Elastic, Brightspot, Optimizely, ServiceNow and Microsoft.

➔ We’ll be traveling and mostly off the grid next week. Our next issue will be October 13th.


Opinion / Analysis

Why the big three can’t win the hybrid multicloud game

Data integration is not solved by AWS, Azure, or Google cloud platforms. Though each have been building partnerships with third party data management tools, it is not in their interest to work together, or to tempt regulatory reaction. So how do enterprises address this problem, and the dreaded repatriation costs? Kendall Clark (founder and CEO of Stardog) doesn’t paint a pretty picture, but delivers a dose of reality. Also see The cost of cloud, a trillion dollar paradox.

https://www.analyticsinsight.net/why-the-big-three-cant-win-the-hybrid-multi-cloud-game/

The endless pursuit of scale at LinkedIn

Switching software stacks is incredibly complex and costly, but keeping up with scaling needs can’t be avoided given never-ending data growth. Timothy Prickett Morgan provides a peek at how LinkedIn has been dealing with this balancing act. Not all of you have exabyte size data stores as they do, but nonetheless may find this a fascinating (I know, a strange word choice) read as I did. There is also a bonus link describing LinkedIn’s knowledge graph.

https://www.nextplatform.com/2021/09/15/the-endless-pursuit-of-scale-at-linkedin/

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Content technology news

Umbraco moves content management system to .NET 5

Umbraco 9 is a complete update of the CMS’ technology stack, from .NET Framework to .NET 5 (previously known as .NET Core).
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/umbraco-moves-content-management-system-to-net-5/

Elastic announces Enterprise Search 7.15 with App Search web crawler

Including general availability of the native Elastic App Search web crawler and new personalization capabilities in Elastic Workplace Search.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/elastic-announces-enterprise-search-7-15-with-app-search-web-crawler/

Brightspot launches partner program

Developed for solution partners and digital agencies and consultancies that are looking to deliver and execute on CMS projects.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/brightspot-launches-partner-program/

Optimizely’s data core service to strengthen digital experience platform

To enhance its digital experience platform (DXP) with deeper analytics and unified data insights across its suite of products.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/optimizelys-data-core-service-to-strengthen-digital-experience-platform/

ServiceNow expands Microsoft partnership with new collaborative app in Teams

The new collaborative app for its Employee Center integrates with Teams to streamline employee experiences in hybrid work environments.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/servicenow-expands-microsoft-partnership-with-new-collaborative-app-in-teams/

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Umbraco moves content management system to .NET 5

Umbraco launched Umbraco 9, the latest version of their flexible, fully customizable and content management system. Umbraco 9 features a complete update of the CMS’ technology stack, with a move from .NET Framework to now running completely on .NET 5 (previously known as .NET Core). This unique transformation offers better performance and scalability, a cleaner architecture, and compatibility with macOS, Linux and Microsoft Windows, opening up Umbraco to a larger pool of web developers.

Umbraco’s CMS family includes the flagship, 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. With help from its active community members, including a large “best-of-breed” partner network that offers customized solutions that integrate with Umbraco, the company now counts more than 700,000 websites worldwide, the majority in Europe and the U.S, running live on its solutions.

The launch of Umbraco 9 also kicks off a steady release cadence for new major versions of Umbraco. This new cadence is aligned with Microsoft .NET Long Term Support (LTS) releases, which means users can be confident that future Umbraco LTS versions are always updated to the latest Microsoft technology.

AtScale expands semantic layer solution for Microsoft Excel

AtScale, a provider of semantic layer solutions for modern business intelligence and data science teams, announced deeper integration with Microsoft Excel’s advanced analytic functions. AtScale makes it possible to connect Excel workbooks to live cloud data platforms, including Snowflake, AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and Databricks. Excel users can work with data without extracting or moving data. Leveraging native MDX (Multi-Dimensional Expression) integration, the AtScale semantic layer is accessible with Excel PivotTables, Slicers, and Cell Definitions. New support includes the ability to work with cell-level CUBE functions for embedding dimensional queries directly in cell formulas. Capabilities include:

  • Native Connection – AtScale’s MDX-based connector lets Excel users access models and data through a semantic layer, with no additional drivers or client-side software. AtScale shields data consumers from the raw data structures and cloud access.
  • Performant Access to Live Cloud Data – Data requests through AtScale’s semantic layer are directed in real time to underlying cloud data platforms, with no need for extracts or pre-processing of data.
  • Analytics Governance and Security – Supports Excel’s single sign-on with Active Directory / LDAP integration.
  • Automatic Data Refresh – Supports Excel’s automatic data refresh to avoid stale data and the need to manually copy and paste raw data.

https://www.atscale.com/press/atscale-expands-semantic-layer-solution-for-microsoft-excel/

Elastic announces Enterprise Search 7.15 with App Search web crawler

Elastic announced new updates and enhancements across the Elastic Enterprise Search Solution in its 7.15 release, including the general availability of the native Elastic App Search web crawler and new personalization capabilities in Elastic Workplace Search.

The web crawler offers a fast and efficient way for users to ingest content directly from publicly accessible web sites and create new search experiences for any use case without having to write code or access the underlying datastore. The native web crawler also provides enhanced performance and stability features, such as automatic crawling controls and content extraction tools, streamlining implementation for users, and optimizing content findability within their App Search engines. Customization features in Elastic Workplace Search enable users to unify internal search experiences, meet infrastructure demands, and deliver relevant real-time results. New features include:

  • Customized internal search branding to give users the ability to create a consistent look and feel across all workplace productivity tools.
  • Enhanced sync configurability to ensure computing resources meet infrastructure demands and provide real-time results.
  • Configurable automatic filter detection to automatically recognize natural language queries and deliver relevant search results.
  • Improved Search API, enabling customers to build custom search implementations within high-traffic applications like intranets and workflow applications.

https://www.elastic.co/blog/whats-new-elastic-enterprise-search-7-15-0

Brightspot launches partner program

Brightspot, a content management system (CMS) provider, announced the launch of the Brightspot Partner Program, developed for solution partners and digital agencies and consultancies that are looking to deliver and execute on CMS projects quickly. Brightspot’s API-first platform includes headless capabilities and gives organizations the option to access and use a number of pre-built integrations to save valuable development time and effort.

Brightspot offers its partners API-first CMS benefits, including out-of-the-box features such as a rich text editor, customizable workflows, a native digital asset management (DAM), global and federated search, an inherent modular approach, and a seamless approach to integrations. Benefits include:

  • Training on Brightspot’s API-first approach and headless architecture
  • Support in co-selling Brightspot with Partner Services
  • Continued support – Brightspot supports with customer demos and initial implementations
  • Access to the Brightspot Partner Portal
  • Referral commission on Brightspot license for closed deals sourced by a partner
  • New opportunities sourced by Brightspot for established partners

https://www.brightspot.com/about-us/brightspot-launches-partner-program-to-meet-demand-for-api-first-cms

Gilbane Advisor 9-22-21 — No-code, data stacks, OpenMetadata

This week we have articles from Louise de Leyritz and Suresh Srinivas. News comes from RWS Language Weaver and ServiceNow, Adobe, Progress, and Kentico.


Opinion / Analysis

What If … you had to build a data stack with no-code tools?

Well, not only with no-code tools. Louise de Leyritz’s title is usefully clicky in that it will get you thinking about how no-code tools can contribute to building a modern data stack. In particular, support for data democratization — providing a way for non-technical parts of your organization to gain operational access to critical data. The article looks at the pros and cons, and suggests an appropriate set of no-code tools to consider for data science / machine learning.

https://towardsdatascience.com/what-if-you-had-to-build-a-data-stack-with-no-code-tools-c01380697117

Announcing OpenMetadata

Metadata a a critical component for lots of corporate applications, but how do you manage it in a world of data lakes and hybrid data stacks that need to be shared across different functions? Suresh Srinivas is well placed to tackle this problem having done so at Uber. But he is proposing an open source approach that goes beyond a centralized Metadata Lake to a Metadata Graph. Very interesting.

https://blog.open-metadata.org/announcing-openmetadata-20399b816e60

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Content technology news

Language Weaver now available for ServiceNow customers

Supports the translation of most business content: documents, chatbot discussions, email conversations and incident tickets within ServiceNow.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/language-weaver-now-available-for-servicenow-customers/

Adobe announces Payment Services for Adobe Commerce

Adobe merchants will have access to the integrated payment solution that can easily be managed from their Adobe Commerce Admin.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/adobe-announces-payment-services-for-adobe-commerce/

Progress releases Sitefinity DX 14.0

The digital experience platform (DXP) has new capabilities for low-code integration, chat-driven engagement, and headless content delivery.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/progress-releases-sitefinity-dx-14-0/

Kentico updates Kentico Xperience 13

Refresh 3 features include selecting multiple pages using the Content Selector, Widget Zone Restrictions, and Widget Zone Names.
https://gilbane.com/2021/09/kentico-updates-kentico-xperience-13/

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The Gilbane Advisor is curated by Frank Gilbane for content technology, computing, and digital experience professionals. The focus is on strategic technologies. We publish recommended articles and content technology news weekly. We do not sell or share personal data.

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Optimizely’s data core service to strengthen digital experience platform

Optimizely introduced data core service, enhancing its digital experience platform (DXP) with deeper analytics and unified data insights across its suite of products. With data core service, companies will gain a greater understanding of their customers, as well as their overall digital business performance. The new service will be available to Optimizely cloud customers in Q1 2021 and will be included at no charge, subject to a 250K MAU usage limit, for customers who are implementing one or more of its solutions, including Content Cloud, Commerce Cloud, B2B Commerce Cloud and Experimentation.

Data core service will serve as the connective tissue for Optimizely customers, unifying data to serve as the underlying force across content-centric, commerce-centric and experimentation use cases, as well as customer profiling. It also provides common context, helping customers bring data across Optimizely into a centralized place and gain access to dashboards and analytics on how their digital business is performing. Ultimately, data core service will help companies deliver the right experience at the right time, thanks to visibility into their digital properties. The service launch follows the company’s unification of the Optimizely and Episerver brands and acquisition of Zaius in March 2021.

https://www.optimizely.com/products/dxp

Language Weaver now available for ServiceNow customers

RWS, a provider of technology-enabled language, content management and intellectual property services, has released a new Language Weaver Connector for ServiceNow, allowing customers to quickly and securely translate content across 130+ languages within their ServiceNow environment.

Language Weaver is RWS’s secure, adaptable machine translation (MT) platform that processes and instantly translates large volumes of content. The Connector supports the translation of almost any type of business content – including documents, chatbot discussions, email conversations and incident tickets – directly within the ServiceNow platform. The Language Weaver Connector extends the ability for customers to communicate and collaborate within the ServiceNow platform through a variety of features:

  • Proprietary neural MT across 3,000+ language combinations.
  • Pre-trained industry engines that can be further refined to a company’s own branding and corporate dictionaries.
  • Adaptable engines that can be trained and customized with an organization’s own data.
  • All major document types are supported with format preservation.
  • Backed by the full support of RWS’s team of MT and translation best-practice experts.

Compatible with the Quebec and Rome releases of ServiceNow, Language Weaver can be deployed as a secure cloud solution or on-premise behind the firewall.

https://store.servicenow.com/sn_appstore_store.do#!/store/application/6353007ddbef6010dab3c5860596198ahttps://www.rws.com

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