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Month: October 2022 (Page 1 of 3)

Pinecone launches hybrid search functionality

Pinecone Systems Inc., a machine learning (ML) search infrastructure company, announced the release of a keyword-aware semantic search solution that enables accessible and advanced combination of semantic and keyword search results. “Vector search” allows companies to provide relevant results based on semantic, or similar meanings, as opposed to simple keyword-based searches. At the same time, keywords still matter in searches involving uncommon words like names or industry-specific terms. With few exceptions, companies have to choose between semantic search and keyword search, or running both systems in parallel.

Neither of these options is ideal. When companies choose one or the other, the results are not as complete as they could be, and when they run both systems in parallel and try to combine the results, cost and complexity goes up significantly. This technology can search across two data types — “dense vectors” generated by ML models to represent meaning, and “sparse vectors” generated by traditional keyword-ranking models such as BM25 — before automatically fusing everything into one ranked list of the most relevant results. The Pinecone hybrid search feature is available in beta.

Tridion now available for small-to-medium sized businesses

RWS, a provider of technology-enabled language, content and intellectual property services, announced the launch of Tridion Sites Editions for fast growing companies looking to expand into international markets.

Many of the world’s largest brands rely on Tridion Sites, a web content management system (WCMS), to create, manage and deliver multilingual digital experiences to global customers, employees and partners across any channel. Now small-to-medium sized companies can also benefit from access to RWS’s WCMS platform. The new solution – developed and implemented by Tridion’s partner EXLRT – is available in three variations.

Tridion Sites Essential Edition offers all the key web WCMS features that a business needs to start engaging with international, multilingual audiences. Available in the cloud at an attractive price point, businesses can integrate with existing digital asset management platforms, customer relationship management systems and third-party applications.

Tridion Sites Team Edition enables integration to RWS’s translation management and machine translation technology, streamlining and simplifying localization processes without the cumbersome exchange of translation files and manually copy and paste. 

Tridion Sites Enterprise Edition provides all the capabilities that a large enterprise need, including options for deploying semantic AI across all content, which enables companies to automatically tag and organize information.

Contentful announces new capabilities to content platform

Contentful, a composable content platform, unveiled its vision for composable content and the new Contentful Studio product, platform orchestration capabilities, and App Framework features:

  • Connect content experiences with Contentful orchestration. A new set of orchestration capabilities native to the platform enables companies to orchestrate content experiences across teams, regions, and brands without the need to piece together content from different data sources.
  • Create streamlined content with Contentful Studio. Contentful Studio empowers customers to streamline content workflows, development, and publication in one central location. With easy access to all the tools content creators need to produce high-quality content, Studio allows teams to remove reliance on developers by placing the power directly in the hands of content creators. Access rights are centrally managed with governance features.
  • Extend with Contentful App Framework and Ecosystem. The App Framework makes it easier for businesses to adapt the platform to the preferences and routines of their digital teams – from business-specific UIs to integrating personalization or translation tools of choice. Contentful shipped a new version of the open-source design system, Forma 36, to enhance the platform with visually appealing and accessible features. App actions make the content lifecycle more efficient to build and link individual apps together.

Acquia announces updates to Acquia Code Studio

Acquia announced major updates to Acquia Code Studio, a full stack Drupal development platform. A part of Acquia Digital Experience Platform (DXP), Acquia Code Studio provides developers with the tools to plan, build, review, test, deploy, and measure Drupal applications. New updates integrate Code Studio with the Acquia Cloud Platform UI, reducing effort during the procurement and configuration processes.

Developers can now manage their Code Studio seats from the platform in a User Management screen, assign Acquia account users to their Code Studio seats, grant and set roles for their users, and un-assign and reassign seats. Developers can automatically provision Code Studio projects from the platform UI, and see links on their Acquia Cloud environments to the corresponding branch in Code Studio. Features include: 

  • AutoDevOps: Automatically build, test, and deploy Drupal applications with Acquia Code Studio managed continuous integration pipelines.
  • Automatic Updates: Automatically updates Composer packages, replaces deprecated custom code, and submits those changes for users to review in a Merge Request with a dedicated review environment.
  • Powered by GitLab: In partnership with GitLab, Acquia hosts and manages a version of GitLab that is customized for Drupal and Acquia developers on the company’s next-generation infrastructure.

Gilbane Advisor 10-26-22 — CMS dev, Choice Architecture, AT Protocol

This week we feature articles by Adwait Mathkari, and Ben Weintraub, Katelyn Salvatori & James Lawrie.

Additional reading from David Pierce, Daniel Waisberg, and Feifei Liu.

News comes from ApostropheCMS, Adobe, Altova, Sitecore, and TransPerfect & Hiventy Group.

If you’ve missed any of the past 61 issues you can see them here; those, as well as all earlier issues can be found here.

Opinion / Analysis

Designing a content management system backend

I will present a case study of the development of a ‘Content Management System’ backend which was developed for the website of a leading UK based journal.

Adwait Mathkari describes the CMS his development team created for one of the The Economist publications. The requirements were relatively straightforward, allowing Mathkari to be delightfully succinct (4 min).

Effortless alerting for platforms and their tenants

How The New York Times Publishing Pipeline team is harnessing the power of defaults to make the right path the easy path for tenants of our shared platform.

This case study by the NYT Open Team explains how they were inspired by Choice Architecture to benefit both themselves and their clients. (15 min).

More Reading

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Content technology news

ApostropheCMS launches Document Versions tool

The Document Versions tool facilitates the use and management of multiple versions of a document with multiple editors across multiple sites.

Adobe delivers new creative, document, and marketing capabilities

Automation and collaboration features across the Adobe product portfolio help SMBs modernize workflows in creativity and productivity.

Altova announces Version 2023

The updated desktop developer tools, server software, and regulatory solutions include Dark Mode, a Schema Manager, and new ESEF XBRL tools.

Sitecore releases new public cloud products

Sitecore Search, a search and discovery function; Content Hub One, a CMS for modeling, authoring and consumption; and Sitecore Connect for integration.

TransPerfect acquires Hiventy Group

Hiventy specializes in technical audiovisual services including post-production, localization, distribution, and film restoration.

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TransPerfect debuts MediaNEXT integration for Brightcove

TransPerfect, a provider of language and technology solutions for global business, today announced a new MediaNEXT integration is available in the Brightcove Marketplace. The solution gives users a new way to leverage TransPerfect’s MediaNEXT creative media localization management solution with Brightcove’s Video Cloud platform. MediaNEXT is TransPerfect’s specialized media division that offers a wide variety of media globalization solutions for international storytelling. MediaNEXT’s hybrid model for media localization leverages a cloud-based technology platform and a worldwide network of production centers, recording studios, and mixing rooms.

The combination of Brightcove’s streaming technology platform and MediaNEXT’s extended media localization capabilities provides users with a comprehensive solution for managing global media content with minimal effort. The integration pulls source material automatically and securely from Brightcove into MediaNEXT for translation and localization. Upon completion, audio and text tracks are routed back into Brightcove.


TigerGraph to support openCypher in GSQL

TigerGraph, provider of an advanced analytics and ML platform for connected data, announced its commitment to support openCypher, a popular query language for building graph database applications. Developers can now access a limited preview translation tool to learn how openCypher support will appear in TigerGraph’s flagship graph query language, GSQL. Support for openCypher will give developers more choice to build or migrate graph applications to TigerGraph’s scalable, secure, and managed graph database platform.

The openCypher-to-GSQL translation tool is now available to the openCypher developer community to access a side-by-side comparison of openCypher queries and the equivalent GSQL queries with proposed openCypher syntax support. With this limited preview, developers are encouraged to learn how openCypher will appear in GSQL and provide feedback to guide the incremental buildout of full support features. Those who want to learn advanced GSQL can now access TigerGraph’s offerings, including its distributed computing database, in-database machine learning workbench, and graph data science library, which consists of more than 55 graph algorithms.

TigerGraph’s openCypher support aligns with support for industry standard GQL. TigerGraph serves on the ISO steering committee that is developing GQL, the new international standard query language that will be available in early 2024.

Altova announces Version 2023

Altova announced the release of Version 2023 of its desktop developer tools, server software, and regulatory solutions. The version includes dark mode, as well as a modern new light mode, in the company’s products. Altova also introduces a new XML Schema Manager that provides a centralized mechanism for downloading, installing, and managing industry-standard schemas for convenient use across the product line. New features across the product line include:

  • New Dark and Light modes in XMLSpy and MapForce
  • Altova XML Schema Manager: a centralized tool for downloading and managing industry-standard DTDs and XSDs for use with all XML-enabled Altova products. This also offers a streamlined way to work with schema versions that become available outside the Altova product release schedule.
  • Support for additional EDI formats in MapForce: for converting and integrating EDI with other data, MapForce 2023 now supports ODETTE messages, which are used by the auto industry in Europe.
  • Support for additional database versions across the product line: Altova products support all major relational database types.
  • New Altova ESEF XBRL Add-in for Excel: this add-in allows financial professionals to prepare ESEF (European Single Electronic Format) reports in valid XBRL as mandated by EU regulatory agencies, all in Excel.

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