It looks like RedDot isn’t dead after all, the development didn’t stop and thankfully no one followed through with the mad plan of merging RedDot and Vignette.
In the past 10 months we could see up to 9 hot fixes being released in OpenText’s Knowledge Center. Some were minor, others had some really good enhancements hidden in the release notes. So what’s happening in the land of the red dot?
There wasn’t much buzz about these fixes. OpenText kept this very quiet, in fact, I don’t think anyone would have noticed without checking the Knowledge Center. Still, there is movement, stuff is happening. If I were Mr. OpenText I would talk about this a lot more.
The OpenText Web Site Management platform, aka RedDot CMS, gets attention again and perhaps there’s actually more happening in OpenText’s Research & Development department in Oldenburg, Germany, than we all might be able to see right now. By the looks of it, some R&D people even seem to share a few insights on new features and allow a glimpse into technical backgrounds.
The marketing strategy seems to have changed. Perhaps it’s less talk, more action or perhaps one is cautious to raise expectation levels just a bit too high. So currently it’s a waiting game and very few people had the chance to look at a version 11 beta.
By the look of things it will be an evolution jump, not revolutionary new features to knock your socks of. Again, this is good. Less marketing talk, more core strength for the product. Rumors have it that the new version will come with:
It obviously makes sense (not just to the sales guys) to enable integration with more of OpenText’s latest acquisitions, such as the semantic search (formerly Nstein) or the multi mobile device platform “Wave” (formerly WeComm).
The CMS core product is still strong and provides a great foundation for rapid prototyping and third party integration. The effort involved is relatively small compared to the full blown ECM frameworks out there, trying to fit everything into one solution and some of them taking a spin up time of several months..
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