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Month: December 2022

Acquia enhances customer data platform 

Acquia introduced enhancements to its customer data platform (CDP) to deepen support for enterprise marketing teams. The new capabilities expand the ways marketers and data scientists can work with information managed by Acquia CDP and strengthen the product’s central role in composable customer data strategies. Acquia CDP now includes: 

  • Unified data layer: Powered by Snowflake, Acquia’s unified data layer allows for centralized storage of customer data. Acquia CDP and other martech products no longer need to pass data back and forth to keep information such as customers lists in sync. This lowers costs associated with the system, helps ensure better data quality, and can increase system performance.
  • Direct SQL access: Data scientists can directly access analytics, insights, and data in Acquia CDP. This capability allows data scientists to run data models directly on Acquia CDP without requiring users to download data and move it to other systems.
  • Integration with Acquia DAM: Acquia CDP can integrate with every product information management system, including Acquia PIM. Now it also integrates with the company’s digital asset management (DAM) system, allowing customers to seamlessly use existing marketing content, product information, and marketing strategies across both platforms.

European Broadcasting Union announces EBUCorePlus

The EBU (European Broadcasting Union) announced EBUCorePlus, a new media metadata standard ontology for media enterprises. It is defined by EBU Members for the media community. It follows up on two long-standing EBU ontologies: EBUCore and CCDM (Class Conceptual Data Model). The two were merged and revised. The result is EBUCorePlus, the new standard that can fully replace its predecessors. It inherits both the reliability of EBUCore and the end-to-end coverage of the media value chain of CCDM. EBUCorePlus is specified using the ontology web language and therefore strictly semantic.

EBUCorePlus serves as a plug and play framework. It can be used out of the box, either in its entirety or just a subset of its elements. But it may also be adapted and extended to enterprise-specific needs. Especially for system integration tasks and defining requirements, projects benefit from EBUCorePlus as a business – not technology – oriented language.

The EBU’s free CorePlus Demonstrator Kit (CDK) can help with extending development skills from entity-relationship models to ontologies, from tables to triples, and from SQL to SPARQL, and is available in cloud, hybrid and on- prem versions. It contains a graph database, populated with the EBUCorePlus ontology and sample data.

Xpublisher announces SaaS architecture

Xpublisher GmbH announced their editing system will feature a cloud-based SaaS architecture, making their multichannel publishing system accessible and ready to use from anywhere. The Xpublisher Multichannel Publishing system is part of Fabasoft’s PROCECO business process ecosystem.

Expanding and enhancing business logic is possible at any time with no need for custom programming, as well as increasing the number of users, the amount of storage space, and the scope of services. The graphical BPMN editor lets users design their own workflows that will help to digitalize complex work processes and boost collaboration. With a personalized worklist, everyone has an instant overview of all pending tasks.

Integrated digital asset management keeps all the content organized in one place, and by adding metadata, it gives users drag-and-drop control over their data. They can edit these assets from their desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop and InDesign as well as Microsoft PowerPoint. Xpublisher Digital Asset Management can be licensed either as part of Xpublisher Multichannel Publishing or separately.

The new Xpublisher guides users throughout the content production process. Xpublisher specializes in output for digital channels as well as fully or partially automated processes for producing magazines, books, technical documentation, legal documents, and financial reports.

Drupal launches Drupal 10

Drupal, the open source content management system for everyone from the small non-profit to the enterprise, is launching the latest upgrade to its software. With Drupal 10, users will find more tools to help build the versatile, structured content that dynamic web experiences require. This latest version brings a modernized backend look, a future-proof platform upgrade, new features, and an enhanced user experience. The new features target the next generation of the web and include the Claro administration theme, the Olivero front-end theme, CKEditor 5, and more. Drupal 10 is built on the latest Symfony 6.2 version. It also streamlines the core system with the least used components removed, focusing more on its foundational strengths.

The upgrade tools and processes are the same as the previous major release, with almost all code changes automated and three times as many contributed extensions available at launch time as with the last major update. The Drupal community is focused on keeping Drupal on the leading edge of content management. From a secure automatic updates mechanism to a project browser for easily installing Drupal extensions.

Sinequa updates search cloud platform

Sinequa announced the 11.9 release of its Search Cloud Platform. The new update improves on Sinequa’s Neural Search by expanding integration options with new pre-built connectors, and enhancing its tools for delivering intelligent search applications. New features and enhancements include:

  • Better relevance: Enhanced document splitting and automatic content management for higher-quality passages and augmented answer extraction capabilities
  • Better experience: UI/UX enhancements, including built-in components for Top Passages and Answers
  • More languages: Initially available in English, Neural Search now supports French, German, and Spanish as well
  • PTC Windchill connector for PLM content integration has been upgraded to support v12, including all object types and all security protocols.
  • Office 365 OneNote. The addition of OneNote means Sinequa now has off-the-shelf connectors for the full suite of Office 365 applications.
  • Audit Log: A built-in connector replaces the previous one with more capabilities like event filtering.
  • Azure Blob Storage for full indexing of Azure content and simplified role management.
  • Sinequa Themes. A modernized UI with modular themes that can be easily added, removed, and customized.
  • Search Starter App Builder now includes additional components, options, and a more intuitive UI for instantly delivering a best-in-class search experience.

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