As of Q4, 2013, more mobile smart devices are being purchased around the world than desktop and laptop computers. Surprised? Well, you shouldn't be. After all, how many times per day do you see someone pull out a pad or smartphone to while away a few minutes or to quickly check a fact? The simple truth is that the sale and use of mobile devices has absolutely skyrocketed in the past few years, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
What's new and who's who in the Content Management world.
Magnolia provides an excellent directory of global partners who implement Magnolia CMS for businesses, government and non-profits on a global basis. Magnolia also supports their partners in marketing and sales activities with references and proposals.
You're rebuilding your website and you don't want to make the same mistakes as the last one. This time around it needs to be different. This time you realize that building a website is a lot easier than maintaining a website.
You're in luck. The second annual Now What? Conference — the conference that gives you the know-how to manage your website post-launch — has finalized its lineup and looks to expand upon last year's successful event with bigger names and a full day of workshops.
Today, we received an announcement from the folks at Joomla! which we couldn't pass up. The Joomla CMS has been downloaded more than 50 million times. Just as impressive, Joomla is currently being download at 1 million downloads a month.
Last October, Facebook announced that 49 percent of advertising revenue comes from its mobile platform. The percentage was up from zero just 18 months before. How did the company manage that? With big data, of course. The social media site used data analysis to determine how many ads should be featured, and how a user would react to a particular ad before placing it in the news feed.
Facebook is just one example of how big data and the rise of mobile technology are influencing each other. Mobile data is a big source of the rising volume of data known as big data that companies can use to understand their customers better. At the same time, mobile developers use big data to help them develop their product and cater to their audience, and sometimes data is the product mobile developers are offering to their consumers. Let’s look at this partnership in action.
Magnolia recently announced their upcoming Magnolia Conference, coming June 24th through 26th, in Basel, Switzerland. The Magnolia Conference is the only place to meet all Magnolia developers, users and partners for 3 days of sharing, learning, networking, as well as getting best practice and product updates from the Magnolia team itself.
I love when Andy Miller makes an announcement. Why? Because he doesn't have a lot to say, but when he has something to say, it's important news, and unlike quite a few folks in the marketplace, his information you can count on. So I was glad to hear the news (on a Skype chat I'm part of) that his business launched its 3rd major site into action today, totally replacing its predecessor on www.RocketTheme.com.
RocketTheme is the undisputed leader in CMS templates, the model company which many others emulate - some successfully, most plummeting back to earth, after a failure to launch. He's been at the theme business since the advent of CMS themes, back when the Mambo team pushed the ejector seat button and fork-launched what would become Joomla 1.0.
No more 37 Signals, says CEO Jason Fried. It's all about Basecamp now. It'd be a stunning announcement from any other firm, but the folks at 37 Signals have a history of uncommonly common sense business practices. It's refreshing.
Today, Fried, or as I like to call him, "the Mies van der Rohe of the development community," announced his 43-person Chicago firm is retiring the 37 Signals brand altogether. Oh, and along with that, they're phasing out all other products, and putting all their focus on their highly successful Basecamp label.
Today, Microsoft's board of directors announced its selection for CEO, taking over for Steve Ballmer, who announced his retirement last year. Microsoft named Satya Nadella as CEO. The appointment is effective immediately. Nadella previously held the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group.
Given Nadella's long history with Microsoft, coming from the enterprise-end, and close working relationship with current and past leadership, one would be hard-pressed to predict any immanent changes in strategy, but we'll keep ya posted. Meanwhile, a bit more background on the new CEO...
Keith Casey posted an article on his blog, which got me thinking. Called "Developer Evangelism: The Whole Story," he summed up his recent employment gig with Twilio. Cautionary encouragement for others was the overriding tone, wise words from master to grasshoppers.
Do jobs like the "Developer Evangelizer" need to be re-thought, rather than re-pitched, when the job itself seems destined to end in flames? If the nature of the job is known to actively cause burn-out, even among the best in the business, wouldn't it follow that business managers should deconstruct and re-build the job description?