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Diamond Bar, Calif.-based Liferay is capitalizing on digital transformation with the launch of its Digital Experience Platform (DXP) today. The solution is designed to help companies create and manage experiences that support the end-to-end customer relationship, the open source enterprise CMS provider noted.

The company claims its solution offers a comprehensive view of customers that extends beyond marketing by bringing together sales, marketing, support and service teams. Specifically, Liferay said, it enables users to:

  • Easily implement digital strategy and adapt to new digital technologies
  • Design highly personalized experiences by targeting useful information, offers and resources to user segments and individuals
  • Create a single customer profile aggregated from all of the customer’s interactions with the company as well as important data points
  • Access to engagement data such as video content views, click-throughs on targeted content, community activity and social metadata
  • Integration with many user experience and app frameworks

"Frustrated customers need help, not targeted offers, while a great service experience is an opportunity to upsell," Edwin Chung, Liferay's VP of Product Management, explained in a statement.

The DXP will go on sale later this month.

Founded as Liferay Portal in 2000, Liferay has evolved into a provider of multiple open source enterprise solutions.

Gartner has positioned Liferay in the Leaders quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals for six consecutive years, including the most recent report last September. Gartner specifically cited Liferay's collaboration with Red Hat on an open source portal that combines Liferay Portal and Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP); expansion of its enterprise customer base; and its "roster of credible and influential global systems implementers and consultants that threatened to hamper growth."

In other open source CMS news this month ...


In the upcoming release of Version 8, Portland, Ore.-based concrete5 will offer new way to create structured data and connect to third-party services. “It's always been easy to build a marketing site with concrete5. Now it'll be just as easy to build an application online,” said Jessica Dunbar, technology evangelist at concrete5, told CMSWire.

The community is also offering a new training course on building custom themes and is also offering Level II designer certification for Version 7.


Guess who likes Enonic? Well, try all of Norway’s top football clubs, which will be running on Enonic XP by the end of this year. The contract also features an XP application that integrates with video streaming vendor Arkena.

Enonic XP 6.5 has also just been released. Featuring native installers for OSX and Windows, as well as a cut-n-paste command line installer for developers with Java pre-installed. This comes in addition to its existing Docker images. "Installing and starting Enonic XP on a laptop now takes less than 30 seconds,” said Thomas Sigdestad, Enonic CTO.

Other highlights from Enonic XP 6.5:

  • Page Fragments - Define page components once, and reuse across multiple pages
  • New Text Component Editor - The in-context text editor has been updated both visually and with lots of new functions
  • Inline image cropping - You may now choose pre-defined crop sizes when inserting images in the editor i.e. (Cinema, Square, Portrait etc)
  • New version history tool - Easily roll back and roll forward in a documents version history.
  • Controller mapping - Statically declare path or content property mappings to JavaScript controllers - when you don’t want to create page templates.


Hippo CMO and co-founder Tjeerd Brenninkmeijer recently explained how web content management fuels digital transformation in a CMSWire article, noting that differentiating opportunity is "how to use digital to create better customer experiences than the competition."

Last month, Hippo announced a partnership with Dev9, an enterprise software development company based in Kirkland, Wash. The move aligned with Dev9’s search for a CMS solution that is Java-based, scalable and delivers a content-as-a-service model.

On May 10, Hippo’s Mahesh Acharya will lead a knowledge session for Java developers in Boston. He will discuss how using a CMS solution based on open standards and technologies is more efficient than re-inventing content solutions on a project-by-project basis, and take participants through a hands-on lab (developing a reusable business component with web presentation logic).

Hippo is also accepting applications for speakers at its two-day Hippo.Connect Sept. 22 and 23 in Boston.


Liferay’s community version released in April with major upgrades like modular functionality and a new web form experience. Users can now publish advanced dynamic forms with support multi-column layouts and multiple pages. Managing modern sites is also easier with blog and forum creation, better load speed and lower bandwidth usage.

A few more product releases and features are on the way this month at GEOINT, OSCON and Forrester and Gartner’s conferences. Liferay plans to demo its new backend-as-a-service project and present digital innovation strategies at these events.


Magnolia just released version 5.4.6, which delivers several internationalization enhancements. The release also includes more components for the Magnolia Templating Kit, two modules replacing legacy apps and usability improvements on page editor and publication. Here’s more in the release notes.

The community is prepping for two conferences, one in San Francisco on May 10 and 11 and one in Basel, Switzerland June 7 to 9. It's also hosting a digital transformation meetup tomorrow in Spain.


Nuxeo announced a new version of its software (FT 8.2), which extends its existing capabilities of integration with cloud file sharing platforms like Google Drive and Dropbox to an integration with Microsoft OneDrive and Office 365. It also provided a new tool: Nuxeo Code Generator.

Code Generator allows users to bootstrap projects or Nuxeo Framework specific objects within an existing project. It also lets you scaffold common Nuxeo components like empty projects, Nuxeo Packages, Automation Operations, Nuxeo Services, reducing "the time writing boilerplate code and allow you to focus on your code instead of the structure," the company said.

Nuxeo is one of three vendors in both the Enterprise and Media & Production segments for DAM vendors in the Vendor Landscape report from Forrester. Lisa McIntyre, technical account manager at Nuxeo, underscored the importance of DAM during a CMSWire webinar, “Manage Complex Digital Assets at Massive Scale.”

“The digital transformation has presented companies with a new set of complexities when it comes to content and assets. Most importantly, we see that the need for DAM has moved out of the workgroup/marketing groups and expanded into the enterprise. Workgroup dams have a hard time adapting and weren’t built to deal with this," she said.

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