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Day: November 15, 2023

Fivetran deepens relationship with Microsoft; adds new data lake destinations

Fivetran announced its support for Microsoft OneLake through integration with Microsoft Fabric as a new data lake destination, and that Fivetran has been named a Microsoft Fabric Interoperability Partner. Together with support for Delta Lake on Azure Data Lake Storage (ADLS) Gen2, also announced today, Fivetran customers now have two Microsoft data lake destinations to securely consolidate their data workloads with any of Fivetran’s 400-plus pre-built, fully managed data pipelines. 

Because Fivetran automates data extraction, cleansing, conforming and converting data to Delta Lake format, customers are able to move faster in developing AI and generative AI-based projects.

OneLake serves as the unified data foundation for Microsoft Fabric, making it simple for customers to access their data through a file explorer, similar to Microsoft’s OneDrive for files. With OneLake, customers can create multiple workspaces within a single tenant.

Fivetran offers the flexibility and scalability that enterprises need to build a solid data lake foundation, across on-premise, cloud-based and third-party sources. Whether an organization has a hybrid or multi-cloud environment, Fivetran provides high-volume data movement with enterprise-ready reliability and uptime, and industry-standard practices for data encryption, with GDPR, IS0 27001 and SOC 2 Type II compliance.

Acquia Site Studio introduces capabilities to create Drupal and headless applications from a single platform

Acquia announced new capabilities for Acquia Site Studio, the low-code Drupal website builder. Now, developers and marketers can create and manage digital experiences for traditional Drupal websites and headless applications using the same content. This allows marketers to create engaging digital experiences across digital channels from a single content platform, reducing demands on development and IT resources. 

Acquia Site Studio offers an intuitive visual page building and content authoring experience for Drupal. In a traditional website build, Site Studio allows non-technical users to create components, layouts, and content without the need for PHP and JavaScript. Now, with the launch of the new JSON:API for Site Studio, JavaScript and front end developers can easily access the content and layouts created via Site Studio in decoupled or headless apps to create more engaging, interactive digital experiences. The new feature requires Acquia Site Studio 7.4 and above and use of a modern version of Drupal.

Gilbane Advisor 11-15-23 — CMSs & ESUS, creative remixing

This week we feature articles from Michael Andrews and Mike Loukides.

Additional reading comes from Alan Morrison, Cobus Greyling, Thomas Macaulay, and Nicholas Megaw.

News comes from Transperfect & Sitecore, OpenAI, Brightcove & Socialive, and Elastic.

Note: We’ll be off next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Opinion / Analysis

How to compare CMSs, objectively

“There are literally hundreds of CMSs on the market, possibly thousands. So much choice, but often so little satisfaction, judging by the gripes of end-users. Why is the right option so muddled? Old CMS vendors soldier on, and new ones enter the market all the time, promising a better future. How do we make sense of this?”

Michael Andrews provides some help. He argues for benchmarking usability, and illustrates how using the recently proposed Enterprise System Usability Scale (ESUS). (7 min)

Creativity isn’t just remixing

Mike Loukides has a delightful post on generative AI and creativity. His conclusion is uncontroversial, but his discussion is a gem.

“It’s amazing that an AI system can produce derivative works, but we have to remember that they are derivative works. And we have to recognize that AI, as a tool for artists, makes perfect sense. Just as we don’t confuse the artist’s creativity with the paintbrush, we shouldn’t confuse their creativity with the AI.” (8 min)

More Reading

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Content technology news

TransPerfect announces integrated translation solution for Sitecore XM Cloud

The integration provides the ability to create, manage, and deliver multilingual content with an enterprise content management system (CMS). ■

OpenAI introduces custom GPTs

You can now create custom versions of ChatGPT that combine instructions, extra knowledge, and any combination of skills.

Brightcove and Socialive partner

Brightcove customers can leverage Socialive’s remote production features to improve their content operations for internal communications. ■

Elastic unveils Elasticsearch Query Language (ES|QL)

The dedicated query language to simplify data investigation enables data aggregation and transformation within a single query.

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