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Kentico to focus on CMS & DXP

Kontent by Kentico announced that they raised an investment of $40 million from Expedition Growth Capital and became a standalone enterprise. Now, which originally started in 2015 as an internal startup within Kentico, will operate as a separate company, focused on targeting high-level enterprise organizations. This allows Kentico Xperience to return to its roots and refresh its name to Kentico. Petr Palas, the founder of Kentico, is now Chairman of the Board for both companies and the newly formed board has appointed Dominik Pinter, as Chief Executive Officer of Kentico.

Kentico started with a content management system (CMS) in 2004 and have since created two products: a digital experience platform (DXP) with content management, digital marketing, and commerce capabilities, and a headless CMS. In May 2020, the company split into two divisions; Kentico Xperience (DXP) and Kontent by Kentico (headless CMS). 

The investment into the Kontent by Kentico division will be redirected straight into the DXP. With heavy investment in product development, the plan is to hire at least 60 more people over the next 12 months to join the 160+ global team.

Elastic enhances cross-cluster search and replication

Elastic, the company behind Elasticsearch, announced enhancements to its cross-cluster search and cross-cluster replication capabilities with interoperability between self-managed deployments and Elastic Cloud, now generally available. Customers can seamlessly search data across multiple Elasticsearch clusters deployed on-premises, on Kubernetes, and in the cloud.

Cross-cluster search enables users to search across multiple clusters and visualize data in one coherent view for deeper insights. Cross-cluster replication allows customers to replicate data between clusters regardless of their physical location (cloud or on-premises) and deployment model. Features include:

  • Streamlining workflows with a single user interface to search and replicate data between Elasticsearch clusters regardless of environment—on-premises, public cloud, hybrid, and multi-cloud.
  • Enabling customers to minimize risk and increase operational efficiency while retaining complete visibility of their data throughout the gradual migration of on-premises workloads to the cloud.
  • Optimizing customers’ ability to troubleshoot production applications, analyze security events, and manage where their sensitive data resides.
  • Improving disaster recovery scenarios where data redundancy and business continuity are critical, while increasing service resilience and lowering latency.

Gilbane Advisor 7-13-22 — The Datasaurus, harmful enough?

This week we feature articles from Fabio Chiusano, and Jeff Jarvis.

Additional reading comes from Ivo Velitchkov & George Anadiotis, Siyuan Zhou, and Tanushree Shenwai.

News comes from Ontotext, Acquia, W3C, DataStax, and BigCommerce.

Reminder: If you’ve missed any recent issues you can see them here.

Opinion / Analysis

Are summary statistics enough when analyzing data?

Not really. Fabio Chiusano provides a fun and useful reminder why. (3 min).

How harmful is it?

As the UK gets ready to regulate harmful (including legal but harmful) speech online, the appointed regulator, Ofcom, released its annual survey of users. It’s informative to see just how concerned UK citizens seem to be about the internet… Not terribly.

Jeff Jarvis takes a critical look. (6 min).

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Content technology news

Ontotext releases GraphDB 10

Includes smarter cluster architecture for better resilience, reduced infrastructure costs, faster graph analytics and enhanced search integration.

Acquia adds data subject deletion requests to Acquia CDP

To help organizations using Acquia Customer Data Platform (CDP) to comply with data subject requests and privacy laws in general.

W3C to become a public-interest non-profit organization

By incorporating, W3C is replacing its original Hosted model while preserving and boosting its open web standards developing work.

DataStax’s Astra Streaming now supports for Kafka and RabbitMQ

A managed messaging and event streaming service built on Apache Pulsar, with built-in API support for Kafka, RabbitMQ and Java Message Service (JMS).

BigCommerce expands in Europe and South America

With the localized tech and agency partner ecosystem, BigCommerce will enable merchants to build and scale their online businesses.

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Netlify announces investments for the Jamstack Innovation Fund

Netlify, a platform for modern web development, announced the first cohort of the Jamstack Innovation Fund, created by Netlify to support the early-stage companies that are driving forward the modern web by arming developer teams with Jamstack-based tooling and practices.

Jamstack is an architectural approach that decouples the web experience from data and business logic, improving flexibility, scalability, performance and maintainability. Each of the startups Netlify has invested in offers a unique technology that adds to the best development experience for the web. They include ChiselStrike, a prototype-to-production data platform; Clerk, the first authentication service purpose-built for Jamstack; Clutch, a visual editor for Jamstack solutions; Convex, a global state management platform; Deno, a modern runtime for JavaScript and TypeScript; Everfund, a developer-first nonprofit tool to build custom fundraising systems; NuxtLabs, making web development intuitive with NuxtJS, an open source framework for Vue.js; Snaplet, a tool for copying Postgres databases; TakeShape, a GraphQL API mesh; and Tigris Data, a zero-ops backend for web and mobile apps.

The Fund has a goal of investing $10 million in the Jamstack ecosystem. In addition to a $100,000 investment, Netlify provides a free startup program. Netlify is accepting rolling submissions to the Jamstack Innovation Fund.

Sitecore releases Experience Manager Cloud (XM Cloud)

Sitecore announced it has completed transition of its core CMS solution including personalization and the content authoring experience, to a modern cloud architecture with the release of Sitecore Experience Manager (XM) Cloud. The release will help brands with speed to market in the implementation of customer experiences, simplifying design and deployment, and eliminating upgrades. With XM Cloud, marketers can instantly create, manage and deliver engaging omnichannel experiences with an enterprise-ready CMS.

For business users, XM Cloud offers the ability to build pixel-perfect digital experiences via a WYSIWIG authoring experience that can access content anywhere as well as embedded testing & personalization, and integrated visitor analytics. For developers, XM Cloud can be used with headless development techniques and will work with modern frontend frameworks and support all deployment scenarios.

With Sitecore XM Cloud, the company’s entire Digital Experience Platform can now provide brands and marketers with:

  • Composability – all of Sitecore’s platform solutions can now be purchased independently and will fit in a best-of-breed marketing technology stack
  • On-the-Fly Engagement – rapidly create experiences to meet constantly evolving market needs
  • Multi-channel content management – create content once and reuse across any channel and experience
  • Simplicity for marketers – business-focused tools and intuitive content authoring workflows

IBM Research open-sources toolkit for Deep Search

IBM released an open-sourced part of the IBM Deep Search Experience in a new toolkit, Deep Search for Scientific Discovery (DS4SD), for scientific research and businesses with the goal of spurring on the rate of scientific discovery.

To help achieve this goal, we’re now publicly releasing a key component of the Deep Search Experience, our automatic document conversion service. It allows users to upload documents in an interactive fashion to inspect a document’s conversion quality. DS4SD has a simple drag-and-drop interface, making it very easy for non-experts to use. We’re also releasing deepsearch-toolkit, a Python package, where users can programmatically upload and convert documents in bulk.

Deep Search uses AI to collect, convert, curate, and ultimately search huge document collections for information that is too specific for common search tools to handle. It collects data from public, private, structured, and unstructured sources and leverages state-of-the-art AI methods to convert PDF documents into easily decipherable JSON format with a uniform schema that is ideal for today’s data scientists. It then applies dedicated natural language processing and computer vision machine-learning algorithms on these documents and ultimately creates searchable knowledge graphs.

BigCommerce expands in Europe and South America

BigCommerce, an ecommerce platform for fast-growing and established B2C and B2B brands, announced it has grown its European presence into Austria, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, and its Latin American presence into Peru. With its latest expansions and fully localized tech and agency partner ecosystem, BigCommerce will enable merchants of all sizes and complexities to build and scale their online businesses to deliver seamless shopping experiences to local and cross-border customers. Merchants can:

  • Create versatile shopping experiences. In addition to a fully translated control panel and native-language support, retailers can use multi-language, multi-currency, secure payment capabilities and create local storefronts or expand their customer reach in new markets.
  • Deliver an omnichannel shopping experience and surface new revenue streams. BigCommerce’s open SaaS approach enables direct integrations with global channels like Facebook Shopping, Instagram Shopping and TikTok.
  • Tap into B2B functionality to build B2B storefronts. BigCommerce’s suite of native functionality and ecosystem of integration partner applications make it easier for B2B merchants to offer B2C-like experiences.
  • Leverage headless technology for future-oriented storefronts. As a member of the MACH Alliance, BigCommerce’s integrations with top front-end frameworks and best-of-breed technology ecosystem enable businesses to evolve from monolithic architectures to future-proof tech stacks.

Ontotext releases GraphDB 10

GraphDB 10.0 is the first major release since GraphDB 9.0 was released in September 2019. It implements next generation, simpler and more reliable cluster architecture to deliver better resilience with reduced infrastructure costs. GraphDB 10 lowers the complexity of operations with better automation interfaces and a self-organized cluster for automated recovery. Deployment and packaging optimizations allow for effortless upgrades across the different editions of the engine, all the way from GraphDB Free to the Enterprise Edition. The improved full-text search (FTS) connectors of GraphDB 10 enable more comprehensive filtering as well as easier downstream data replication. Finally, parallelization of the path search algorithms brings massive improvement in graph analytics workloads through better exploitation of multi-core hardware.

Unlike previous versions, GraphDB 10 is packaged as a single distribution that can run in Free, Standard or Enterprise Edition modes depending on the currently set license. It requires zero development effort to pass from one edition to another. It is also possible to export a repository with an expired license so users are never locked out of their own data. Two major areas of improvement coming in 10.1 will be query performance optimization and availability on some of the major cloud platforms.

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