When Google announced in 2012 that they were bringing Google Fiber to Kansas City, my father called me and said he was interested. As an information technologist, I was excited. I told the “old man” that Google Fiber was going to change everything. Last month, Google Fiber finally came to my parents' neighborhood, and I made the six-hour drive to visit the house I grew up in.
After watching my parents interact with Google Fiber, I confirmed not only that Google Fiber was a game changer, but I also discovered something I hadn't expected: in a world where technology companies prefer to deliver shock and awe, Google made every effort to deliver no surprises to homeowners. On the surface, my parents weren't doing anything different than they had before Google brought their tech to town. This ultimate game changing disruptive technology could not be more non-disruptive to the families who are about to consume it.
In September's CMS-Connected show, I once again had the privilege of being a guest reviewer for their "CMS In the Spotlight" segment. This time around I reviewed e-Spirit's FirstSpirit CMS. Never heard of it? Honestly, I hadn't either until CMS-Connected Producer Gary Eisenstein assigned me the gig. Come to find out, FirstSpirit CMS helps run a number of international sites from companies like Bosch, KLM, Speedo, Sterling Jewelers, and Nintendo of Europe. While doing my homework, I walked away from the demo impressed with the amount of effort e-Spirit had done to improve usability for authors and editors.
On a personal note, I've heard a number of people praising my performance in this September show. I don't do well with praise so to tell you the truth I think I did just "average" for this one. I'll let you decide on this one. Embedded below is my segment from last month's CMS-Connected. Once you do watch this segment, be sure and check out the complete show at CMS-Connected. I especially encourage you to watch the segment with Sprout Content's very smart Dechay Eaton Watts.
While Drupal 8 has been been under development for two and a half years, I haven't talked much about it. I learned long ago that it doesn't do much good to talk about an upcoming release of a CMS until the software crosses over from what most of us would consider "vaporware."
The software needs to be close to beta, allowing for normal folks to actually be able install for testing purposes with a reasonable amount of certainty we don't need to be a developer. If you're a loyal reader of Planet Drupal, by now you should be getting a sense that the time has come to finally talk about Drupal 8.
There are a great number of changes coming with Drupal 8. So many, that I'm bound not to understand them all at this point. However, if you take a look at the core initiatives you can see where the core developers are working their hardest in improving Drupal 8.
Some of the great things planned for Drupal 8 include better HTML5 and mobile support, improved multilingual features, and setting up Drupal 8 on a modern web development framework (Symfony). Additional focus includes configuration management improvements and support for Views in the Drupal 8 core. While there is still work to be done, the core developers are starting to see the finish line in their sight.
As I mentioned, there are some headlines within the Drupal community that tells me from the user point of view it's time to show some interest in the upcoming Drupal 8. Some of the recent blog posts within the Drupal community I see worthy of mentioning can be found below.
Last week, John Coonen announced that I'll be joining him at The CMS Connection as the new Editor in Chief. In John's own words, I'm there to "zero in on the most intriguing and interesting people in the CMS world, to help you get unique perspectives, advice, 'insider' tips and insights to build your professional skills and make more valuable connections". In my own words, my role at The CMS Connection is to celebrate people.
Over the years, there have been a number of "people stories" that I've had to pass because as a story they seemed out of place for CMS Report. For instance, I've been wanting to write an article about John W. Tuggle from Learning Guitar Now but beyond the news that his site runs WordPress, it becomes an article that is no longer focused on content management systems. As much as I love to write stories such as when Drupal's Dries Buytaert starting up Acquia or my friend Scott Liewehr starting up Digital Clarity Group, I've always been concerned that those profile articles showed bias for a blog intended to report content management news. Yet, I think The CMS Connection has the potential to cover these profile stories very well and allows me to stay focused on CMS as software here at CMS Report.
I had the privileged of reviewing Liferay Portal for CMS-Connected's "In the Spotlight" segment. This is the first time, I've done a show with new co-host Butch Stearns. The end result is what I think is a great question and answer review of Liferay's products followed by Scott Liewehr's analyst perspective of Liferay the company. In the show, I talked about Liferay Portal and Liferay Social Office. I also had a chance to briefly mention Liferay Sync.
From an IT perspective I love the fact that Liferay Portal can serve multiple functions such as a WCM Platform, CMS, integration, collaboration, and social publishing. This ability to bend open source Liferay to meet your needs is what I've found excites most developers. As Scott later mentions Liferay's "be all" software strategy is also Liferay the company's biggest marketing challenge as they try to move up the CMS food chain. That differing perspective coming from IT, marketers, and analysts about a CMS is what I find I value most about CMS-Connected. The Liferay in the Spotlight segment begins about 46 minutes into the video.
The entire July show of CMS-Connected is worth the hour of your time to watch. Besides my segment, Scott and Butch look into the importance and role of the CMS integration partner with special guest Jason Crea from Cherwell Software. Additional stories also told includes Google's mandatory Adwords participation, Acquia's new Cloud Site Factory, Adobe buying Neolane, and Digital Clarity Group's new Service Providers Report.