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The state of learning management systems

Now that school is out for the summer in the U.S, you'd think this would be the perfect time for learning content management system, or LMS, vendors to make all kinds of announcements. Admittedly, they're few and far between, but there are some interesting nuggets if you dig around.

Healthcare content systems 'clearly not working,' says expert

Every industry brings a unique set of challenges for a CMS to contend with but few are as important to get right the first time as the deployment of a content management system in the field of healthcare. In that light, it's a bit frightening to note that only 45 percent of respondents in a recent survey of the healthcare and life sciences industries say they have a content strategy in place.

Security firm warns of 'massive' malware infections impacting WordPress sites

Security firm Sucuri is warning WordPress admins that a "massive" malware infection is wreaking havoc on WordPress websites. Sites with outdated plugins or weak passwords are particularly at risk.  

 

Reading the tea leaves of Amazon's Zocalo cloud storage service

Amazon Web Services is attempting to again court the enterprise crowd with a new document storage and sharing service called Zocalo. Primary tools include security and permission management, authentication, any-device access, versioning and annotation.

Spotlight: The pros and cons of document-management-as-a-service

If you're noodling around the idea of employing document-management-as-a-service, content management consulting firm Amplexor takes a deep dive into its pros and cons.

Raw engineering launches mobile-first CMS

There's no denying mobile enablement is important in the content management landscape but it's often simply an add-on component of web-optimized solutions already on the market. Raw engineering, developers of the built.io application development platform, announced the launch a mobile-first content management system for enterprise that comes with mobile enablement built right into the product.

SimpleECM rolls out widget-based SDK for mobile capture

Developers who spend a lot of time trying to improve mobile capture for their companies' documents will want to take note of SimpleECM's new widget-based software development, or SDK, kit that adds capture functionality to enterprise productivity apps with just two lines of code. In fact, the SDK's name is probably longer than the code itself.

Box removes storage limits for business customers

Citing decreased storage costs on its end, Box announced July 15 it has dropped storage limits for all its business customers. No doubt they also saw Amazon Zocalo and Google Drive creeping up in the rearview mirror.

BBC turns to Facebook for CMS needs in Thailand

BBC World Service has been facing some troubling freedom of the press issues in Thailand since the Thai army seized power earlier this year. In a surprisingly innovative workaround, the editing team has decided to forgo a standard content management system for article management in favor of a Facebook news feed.

Is cloud storage the right solution for federal documents?

According a presidential directive issued in 2012, all federal agencies must manage permanent and temporary email in an electronically accessible format by 2016. Tod Newcombe, Senior Editor of Governingsays the mandate is great in theory but until the government steps out of the Stone Age, the policy is next to meaningless.

 

Zen and the art of CMS, and RMS, deployment

As I was preparing for this week's newsletter and column, I kept running across article after article with the same theme: deploying a new content or records management system can take an Ice Age. It doesn't matter how big a business you are or how deep your pockets are, when you make the decision to implement or upgrade your system, you'd best settle in for the long haul.

Spotlight: KIA Motors test drives new customer experience platform

KIA Motors Australia unveils a new predictive customer experience platform via Sitecore that it hopes will outpace the competition.

ECRM Industry expert shares insight on the future of DoD ERM standards

ECRM industry expert Don Lueders took a lot of heat last year when he went on record to say he no longer supported the DoD 5015.2 Electronics Records Management Standard. He called it an "obsolete relic" and "a failed attempt to provide effective functional requirements for managing electronic content through the final stages of the information lifecycle." It turns out Lueders may have been right.

Access your data anywhere with IBM's new cloud service

IBM says today's businesses are buried under too much content and social media. Fortunately, the business giant wants to help you access your company's data anywhere, anytime, across any device through its new big data service, IBM Navigator on Cloud.

LoudCloud launches new, competency-based LMS

Competency-based learning--measuring a student's knowledge of a subject rather than simply how many hours they've applied themselves to learning it--is gaining traction in the classroom, but most LMS's aren't geared towared that type of learning environment. LoudCloud announced the launch this week of what it calls the world's first competency-based learning platform, LoudCloud CBL.

 

Homeland Security enhances content on website for international student community

In 2012, The Department of Homeland Security elected to move all its public-facing websites to Drupal in order to  more easily share code among its internal agencies and manage its entire codebase on a single, shared platform. That resource sharing led to DHS's recent announcement of an enhanced Study in the States informational website for the international student community.

PencilBlue takes aim at Drupal, WordPress

Blake Callens, CEO of the newly-released content management system PencilBlue, makes no bones that he's set his sights on overtaking WordPress to become the dominant open source CMS option for content providers. Callens says it's "the first online publishing platform to meet all of the market's current needs." Can the company deliver on such a bold statement?

IT pros still can't get behind enterprise search

Enterprise search capabilities are a useful employee productivity tool but a new report by data management vendor Varonis reveals only 38 percent of the IT pros they surveyed plan to invest in it anytime soon. They cite security and accuracy risks as primary concerns, followed by end user resistance and scalability issues.

Drupal briefly extends support for Drupal 6

As Drupal's developers continue to push out alpha releases of Drupal 8, support for older versions is winding down. Drupal's policy to date has been to only support the current and previous versions, but Drupal founder and lead developer Dries Buytaert says the community has decided to continue to support 6 for a while longer than anticipated.

 

PassTheNotes new partnerships bring collaborative learning tools to 45 million students

Cloud-based education platform PassTheNotes announced five new partnerships designed to bring more teaching tools into the classroom. Combined, the partners will reach 85 percent of U.S. public school districts and more than 45 million students.