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This issue was published on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

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Welcome to the last Squirrel Notes of 2018!

(I'm in Vienna at the moment, if you're wondering why this hit your inbox so early...)

More CMS Geography Trivia. Last issue, I talked about the geographical origins of a bunch of CMSs, and noted a concentration in Europe. In that post, I made some glaring omissions, and people called me out for them.

  • Kentico and Kentico Cloud hail from Czech Republic

  • Sitefinity was originally from Bulgaria (since acquired by Progress, from New England, USA)

  • CoreMedia is from Germany

  • Tridion was from the Netherlands, but was acquired by SDL (so-called "SDL/Tridion") from the UK

  • Movable Type is from San Francisco, USA, but was acquired by a Japanese company (it's still wildly popular in Japan, for whatever reason)

And then there's a bunch of "historical" CMSs that I left out that were legendary back in the day, but are slowly fading away (TeamSite, Stellent, FatWire, etc.).

My friend Carolin made an interesting comment:

[The European emphasis] may be connected to the funding / venture capital culture in Europe vs. America. American investors may favor new technology that creates a "new market" whereas European investors may prefer disrupting an existing market. So the "risk appetite" may influence the investments and essentially result in this distinct split.

I don't know enough about venture funding to evaluate this, but investment climate plays a huge role in what catches on and what doesn't.

Forrester on "Agile CMS". Mark Grannan from Forrester has a new research paper out about the idea of "Agile CMS," which he defines as:

A solution for collaboratively curating, creating, and delivering content across channels and campaigns via iterative development and deployment processes.

I feel like this hews very close to what I've been calling "distributed CMS," which is something I'll be speaking and writing about a lot next year.

The paper is a good read. This isn't the last time you're going to hear about this.

Geospatial CMS...? I found a really odd Wikipedia page for "Geospatial CMS" which purports to be:

[A CMS] where objects can have a latitude, longitude position to be displayed on an online interactive map. [...] Spatial data can be published by GeoCMS as part of their contents or using standardized interfaces such as WMS or WFS.

I hate to call stuff out, but I just don't think this is a thing. It's an interesting idea, certainly, but the matrix of systems on the page is completely mainstream (Drupal, Wordpress, etc.).

The ability to store geospatial data in a CMS seems like standard content modeling, perhaps with some plugin components for UI elements. Tell me if you disagree.

Magnolia Light Development. Magnolia released version 6, and they're promoting it with a great video showing their "light development" methodology. Magnolia is Java, but you don't have to write any Java to develop with it. Most development can be done through YAML configuration and templating.

More and more systems (often Java systems) are providing development capabilities from the "front end" which go far beyond simple templating. The video is good from a theory perspective, even if you don't have an interest in Magnolia itself.

(True story: I brought Magnolia into a CMS selection once. They built out three sample websites and noted that they did three complete builds without writing a single line of Java. It was impressive.)

Boye and Company in Brooklyn. Boye and Company are coming to Brooklyn on May 7-9. Janus has been running CMS conferences for more than a decade, and his Philadelphia conference was one of my favorites for years.

I'm on the speaking roster along with a great group of other people. I'd love to see you there.