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Sunset for Ektron, New Day for EPiServer

Stockholm-based EPiServer and Nashua, New Hampshire-based Ektron today announced the two companies have merged to create a new global digital experience leader of scale, with potent technology capabilities and a broad partner ecosystem. The combined company is backed by technology-focused private equity investment firm Accel-KKR. Layoffs at Ektron have already begun.

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Only 4 days left to submit your project for the Kentico Site of the Year competition. Ready to prove that you‘re a Kentico hero?

This years T3BOARD will happen in the big boarding- and skiing area of Saalbach Hinterglemm in Austria!! We'll start on Saturday February 7th until February 14th 2015.

The event has 200 km of slopes, 56 modern lifts, skimovie slopes, speed slopes (take care Steffan & Johnny! ;-) ), learn-to-ride park, funcross, snow trails, carving slopes and and and... 

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Date: Monday, January 19 2015 08:13 AM From: markb

Analytics are a hot technology today, and it is easy to see why. They have the power to transform facts into strategic insights that deliver intelligence “in the moment” for profound impact. Think “Moneyball” and the Oakland A’s in 2002, when Billy Bean hired a number-crunching statistician to examine their odds and changed the game of baseball forever. Across the board—from sports analysis to recommending friends to finding the best place to eat steak in town, analytics are replacing intelligence reports with algorithms that can predict behavior and make decisions. It can create that 1% advantage that creates the 100% difference between winning and losing. 

Analytics represent the next frontier in deriving value from information, which is why I’m pleased to announce that OpenText has recently acquired Actuate to enhance its portfolio of products. With powerful predictive analytics technology, Actuate complements our existing information management and B2B integration offerings by allowing organizations to analyze and visualize a broad range of structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data.

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Backdrop CMS 1.0 Launches

Today is a much anticipated day. Some said it would never come. Others said that if it did come it could ultimately mean nothing. Still others, and myself, believe that it is a red-letter date that will be long celebrated as the day that Backdrop CMS 1.0 was launched.

Backdrop CMS is a comprehensive CMS for non-profits and small to medium sized businesses. Not inconsequentially, it is a Drupal fork.

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paGO Commerce version is available now from 'corePHP'

Today, software technology firm ‘corePHP’ LLC released version, its latest version update of paGO Commerce™, e-commerce software extension built for Joomla!® CMS. You may download this latest version of paGO Commerce now for FREE on the paGO Commerce download area, here. This update includes important bug fixes and security updates. For general product information, features and benefits about paGO Commerce, go here. For further questions and support, contact ‘corePHP’ here.

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Try something bold and new in 2015

It’s January, the perfect month for you to make bold new moves to grow your audience, close more sales and stay ahead. And ‘corePHP’ is here to take the plunge with you!

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It should come as no surprise that when businesses consider shifting from on premise software to SaaS, cost savings for software, hardware, installation, and maintenance usually top the list of drivers. Cost savings are easy to quantify.
Authored by: Jane Zupan
OpenText™ (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC), a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), today announced that, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Asteroid Acquisition Corporation, it has successfully completed its acquisition of Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), the leader in personalized analytics and insights. Actuate brings powerful analytics to the OpenText portfolio of products that (...More)
Authored by: Open Text Press Releases

You can still make an important contribution to Drupal 8. Drupal Global Sprint 2015-New England takes place this Saturday, January 17, from 10 AM to 5 PM at Genuine in Boston. Acquia is co-sponsoring the event and we invite you to RSVP and jump into the community.


Lullabot has a new monthly show, hosted by Matthew Tift, featuring in-depth interviews with open source and free software advocates.

This inaugural episode of Hacking Culture introduces the idea of software forking, one of the fundamental characteristics of free software, and Matthew talks with Nate Haug about Backdrop, a Drupal fork.

Backdrop CMS Drupalize.Me Podcast 26: Backdrop: A Drupal Fork GNU General Public License (GPL) GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL) Sustainability of Open Source software communities beyond a fork: How and why has the LibreOffice project evolved?

paGO Commerce For Joomla goes live

The launch of this new e-commerce suite is one of the big reasons I joined the team at 'corePHP' this year, to help with the launch of a brand-new e-commerce software brand that's been long overdue in the Joomla CMS world. I first heard about paGO Commerce (it was still un-named back then) almost four years ago from the partners at the 'corePHP' team, while they were at one of our annual CMS Expo technology events that I'm fortunate to host and produce.

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7 years ago (on 9 January 2008, to be exact) the first beta release of ImpressCMS was announced and since then we have released 26 versions of ImpressCMS - from 1.0.0 to 1.3.7! We are averaging around 4 releases a year, which is a respectable number, considering the work that goes into them. Currently, we're still supporting 2 main branches - 1.2 and 1.3 - while developing in our 2.0 branch.

Over the course of the year, we switched our hosting to Siteground, and they have been a very good partner for us. We also did a quick redesign and relaunch of the Addons site to prepare for a merging of our different properties into a single, updated site.

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Almost a year ago to this date, Sitecore and Microsoft announced they would collaborate on an offering to bring the best of experience marketing and commerce together. Today, Sitecore announced at the National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention in New York the availability of Sitecore Commerce 8 powered by Microsoft Dynamics. This solution is intended to enable enterprises to bridge the gap between in-store and digital experiences.

Over the past 12 months, Sitecore and Microsoft have developed the product together and co-designed its architecture to capitalize on the strengths of both Sitecore and Microsoft Dynamics AX. The combined solution allows businesses to create connected customer experiences optimized for visitors’ digital behaviors, devices and preferences, complete with real-time order management across any channel.

Authored by: Bryan Ruby

As is now a tradition for me, here is my annual Acquia retrospective, where I look back at 2014 and share what's on my mind as we start the new year. I take the time to write these retrospectives not only for you dear reader, but also for myself, because I want to keep a record of the changes we've gone through as a company and how my personal thinking is evolving from year to year. But I also write them for you, because you might be able to learn from my experiences or from analyzing the information provided. If you would like to, you can read my previous retrospectives: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

For Acquia, 2014 was another incredible year, one where we beat our wildest expectations. We crossed the major milestone of $100 USD million in annual revenue, the majority of which is recurring subscription revenue. It is hard to believe that 2014 was only our sixth full year as a revenue-generating business.

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