The Jahia Solutions Group recently sent us a message through our good friend Anne de Forsan. They wanted to let us know that Jahia 7 will be unveiled during JahiaOne. JahiaOne is Jahia's first international user conference which will be held in Paris for two days, February 6-7, 2014. The open source vendor is presenting this new generation Java CMS solutions at the conference. They're also focused on their own vision of "Digital Industrialization".
Jahia's Digital Industrialization is about an uninterrupted, optimized and continuous production flow of digital experience, from the business need to its final digital rendering. Jahia believes this is now possible thanks to a new approach where distributed development is secure and fully integrated with code server and private apps forge. Developers and business users can collaborate in fast and short iterations to deliver validated components that would be made available to the entire organization via a private apps forge. In this vision, project after project, the total cost of ownership and time-to-market of digital projects continues to decrease thanks to the ability to reuse modules and components from the private apps forges.
Elie Auvray, CEO at Jahia Solutions Group sees Jahia 7 as game changing on two fronts. In a recent statement, he states:
Jahia 7 delivers two game-changing capabilities: it brings the ability to develop collaboratively with Marketing teams AND deploy modules and apps securely thanks to Private App Forges. This is the end of the tunnel effect era: because they can now truly work together, developers and marketers can deliver business solutions faster. Decision makers validate recent developments that are made available to the entire company through private forges. Everyone can then use and reuse - safely - these modules and applications for all new digital initiatives without compromising neither the assets of the company nor its critical projects. You no longer spend blindly, you invest without sacrificing marketing velocity, but instead, by augmenting it. This is the double promise of Digital Industrialization.
The excerpt above might sound like a typical "sales pitch", but having met Jahia's CEO I also know he and Jahia have a good chance of delivering on promises made. Last May at the CMS Expo in Chicago, I not only chatted with Elie but during a demo of their product suite came to appreciate Jahia's CMS but also the development tools they have to offer developers and site owners. Jahia has worked for years in bringing both developers and marketers together to deliver better business solutions. Jahia's Digital Innovation isn't some future far-off vision but a milestone that Jahia believes it is ready to deliver today.
At JahiaOne, Jahia 7 will be presented to the public for the first time. During the two-day user conference, developers, users, clients and partners will be able to meet, share their experience and review Jahia 7. While the conference is still a few months away, below is a list of four key strengths we expect to find from Jahia 7:
1) Distributed development to industrialize the development by combining control and agility.
Jahia 7 brings many new improvements based on the integration of Jahia Studio, its unique UX builder with shared source repository. Several developers can work on the same subject, independently from where they are located, directly on the integration server or from their desktop. All sources modifications are pushed to a repository to which the Studio is linked. Changes are versioned in the source repository and all changes can be tested on the same server to verify compatibility and to actually develop with agile methodology.
2) Agile Deployment.
Two major enhancement now allow for agile and faster deployments:
- The integration of OSGi allows the hot-deployment of modules without downtimes or restarts
- The introduction of Private Enterprise Apps Forge where all validated modules and business applications are made available and versioned for administrators to decide whether to deploy them or not. This centralized and secure Forge allows for unlimited reuse of previously developed modules and for instant deployment on as many instances as needed. Both TCO and time-to market are drastically reduced, project after project. The apps forge can be declared fully private within your entire organization and/or shared with your integration partner.
3) Dynamic Content.
Marketing teams get control over their main objectives: ensure brand consistency through all their sites and adapt their content to each required channel for the best possible user experience. They benefit from an entire autonomy to create, at will, any global and localized digital initiatives, manipulate any type of content, assemble full-fledged sites based on pre-defined templates and socially engage visitors by just drag and dropping related modules and validated content.
4) Guaranteed Update.
Jahia 7 comes with a fully secured and guaranteed update process to protect former investments in Jahia.