Magnolia, the digital business platform vendor, today announced the release of Magnolia 5.4. The latest release makes it quicker and easier to develop web, mobile and IoT projects with Magnolia. By giving front-end developers more power, Magnolia allows companies to embrace bi-modal IT, giving them the agility to adopt and change technologies quickly without disrupting their essential systems.
Magnolia, a digital business platform with a CMS at its core, has always made content management fast and easy, but the new focus on front-end development allows companies to innovate quickly in the fast changing fields of customer experience and mobile app development, while also maintaining a secure and stable backend.
Magnolia 5.4 is a significant step forward for developers because of the increased capabilities and agility it enables. The result is improved collaboration among teams and faster work with less input. The new release significantly lowers the entry barrier for developers, who are now able to configure by file and use light java-free modules, in addition to having access to a powerful and easy-to-use templating kit. This makes Magnolia much more accessible.
Key features of the new release include hooks to easily integrate modern front-end frameworks (such as AngularJS and Bootstrap), light modules built with configuration instead of Java, a streamlined development workflow and a simplified set of templates that make developing faster. Front end developers can learn the basics of Magnolia templating in an hour and build a website in a day, leveraging their existing tools and skill set.
Another key element of the latest Enterprise release is the Campaign Publisher module, which enables campaign managers to manage all content and assets from a marketing campaign in one single place. This allows campaign managers to ensure that even large numbers of campaign elements stay together and go live when they should.
Today’s organizations need to face the massive challenges that digital transformation poses. From an IT perspective, existing backend systems like ERPs and CRMs provide the backbone of an organization. But to survive digital transformation, organizations need to de-couple the conservatively managed back office systems from the progressive needs of the front-end developers. Magnolia provides that gateway - from the frontend to the backend. And Magnolia 5.4 empowers today’s front-end developers in a way that no system has ever done before. It is the perfect solution to bi-modal IT, with type one focused on stability, security and efficiency and type two focused on agile application development, time-to-market, and alignment with business units.
Light modules are another important new feature, allowing developers to customize Magnolia by using frontend technologies and HTML on the file system. They can quickly and easily develop light modules and apps without Java know-how and by using their favourite tools, including CSS and HTML editors, instead of Java IDEs and build tools.
The new Magnolia Templating Essentials (MTE) is a set of 32 reusable component templates that allows developers to quickly build templates for their projects. Because it is front-end framework agnostic, it enables front-end developers to develop powerful integrations with front-end frameworks like Bootstrap and Foundation.
Magnolia 5.4 also features a new Campaign Publisher module, which allows authors to define, review and publish entire campaigns consisting of pages, assets and other resources within Magnolia.
The latest release is designed to work with an optional dynamic page caching product. This product allows developers of personalized high-performance sites to fragment pages into cached and non-cached elements so as to partially cache highly dynamic pages, and thus increase performance and speed.
5.4 allows users to optionally manage assets in Amazon S3 while using them in Magnolia. Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is an online file storage web service. Using Amazon S3 takes the load of storing and serving large assets off your Magnolia servers, bringing unlimited asset management scalability to Magnolia projects.
Magnolia is a digital business platform with a CMS at its core. Enterprises such as Airbus Group, Al Arabiya, Avis and Virgin America use it as the central hub for their web, mobile and IoT initiatives.
Magnolia's unique open suite approach allows organisations to go to market fast, adapt quickly to changing business priorities and integrate easily with third-party systems. This enables them to create outstanding multi-channel customer experiences while maintaining central control over all content assets.
Founded in 1997, Magnolia is a privately-held company headquartered in Basel, Switzerland. The company has offices around the globe, and customers in over 100 countries.
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