Hippo Launches Content Management System Version 7


As described the January 26 announcement on ebizQ of the founding of Lucid Imagination highlighted the importance of search technology to business process management (BPM), enterprise content management (ECM) is another key BPM-enabling technology. Also--as with Lucid--there is an open source software connection.

ebizQ received the following:

On January 26, Hippo launched version 7.0 of its Content Management System (CMS) Hippo CMS. Hippo CMS 7.0 is an open source software product designed for businesses that have a large quantity of files, documents and web content that needs to be captured, stored, preserved and delivered internally and externally.

Version 7.0 features a completely new technological core based on Apache Jackrabbit, introducing full JSR 170 compliancy. The underlying graphical user interface (GUI) is now Apache Wicket enabling a modern AJAX GUI with drag drop and auto-save functionality. Version 7.0 allows organizations to choose from a wide variety of plug-ins in order to address their precise needs for managing and utilizing their enterprise content, according to Hippo.

The Hippo architecture introduced in the previous version (6.0), features strong separation of concerns and its content driven repository, has been further improved with a high performance faceted repository based on Apache Lucene (see Lucid Imagination announcement on ebizQ, also January 26) and Apache Jackrabbit. The faceted repository introduces 'drop and start' dynamic categorization of content; allowing organizations to speed up implementation resulting and improve return on investment. This architecture also allows developers to add custom functionality if no suitable plug-in is available.

Arjé Cahn, CTO of Hippo, said “Hippo CMS 7.0 is designed to help organizations that need to manage a lot of data. It provides them with an intuitive, flexible and enterprise-class content management system that will meet the unique content management needs of their business, with no data lock-in or excessive costs. The new product was designed with ease of implementation and extensibility in mind.”

Hippo CMS 7.0 is open source software that is free to download at http://www.onehippo.org. Hippo is actively involved in several key standard-setting efforts such as JSR 283, 286 and 301. Nine members of the Hippo team are committers/members for The Apache Software Foundation.

The company was founded in 1999 and today has a global base of over 150 customers across the education, publishing, manufacturing, and financial services industries, as well as several government agencies. Hippo has over 50 employees located in its European headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and North American headquarters in San Francisco, California.

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