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eXo 3.5 is Cloud bound

Chris Mayer
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eXo 3.5 becomes interchangeable to the enterprise’s needs.Public/private cloud, social networking features and much much more

There seems to be a new cloud computing term every week, but now
the self proclaimed ‘user experience platform-as-a-service’
(UXPaas) from eXo step forward with their latest cloud
solution, eXo Platform 3.5.

This new release of eXo Platform is designed for organisations
that want a cloud-enabled solution for creating and managing
next-generation portal-based sites that facilitate engagements
between colleagues, customers, or partners. This is with a heavy
focus on integration capability with existing infrastructure.

eXo is able to offer multi-tenancy support for deployment in
public and private clouds and secure access to personal dashboards,
documents and activity streams via native mobile apps (iPhone or
Android). The platform can also ‘mashup’ and enable gadget
development for third-party app integration with a built-in web
IDE.

eXo appears to be incredibly flexible to deal with whatever the
enterprise’s needs are; whether their project needs are
primarily social networking focused, for example.

Founder of eXo Benjamin Mestrallet was quick to state the
importance of the product as a user experience cloud hub by
saying:

Built on open standards and open source technologies, eXo
Platform 3.5 has the features and extensibility of a UXP and the
cloud architecture to build public and private clouds. We built the
first true UXPaaS.

Imagine company ABC wanting to integrate their custom-built
inventory application in an enterprise portal with social
networking and document management capabilities, and then deliver
that as a private cloud service to all their customers. eXo
Platform 3.5 enables them to do just that — and to do it very
efficiently.

Additionally, eXo Platform 3.5 includes a range of new or
enhanced features for delivering a rich user experience:

  • Simpler, More Intuitive Interface: The
    new desktop mode allows users to access eXo Platform 3.5 services
    in a familiar and windowed environment, right within the
    browser.
  • Enhanced Social and Collaboration
    Tools:
     Rich collaboration features such as an
    enterprise Wiki, forums, polls, FAQs and shared calendar components
    (including remote calendar synchronization) are standard. Social
    network capabilities empower users to create work groups, follow
    activity streams of connections and groups, and more.
  • Improved Content Management: Enterprise
    Content Management features provide the ability to store, share,
    version and organise documents; integrate advanced workflows; and
    create dynamic content-rich websites. eXo Platform 3.5
    introduces search engine optimization (SEO) features, improves Java
    Content Repository (JCR) performance, and enhances content explorer
    usability. Easier website authoring is facilitated by the new
    inline editing feature, making it possible to edit and publish
    content from the front-end in a single click.
  • Embedded IDE: An integrated web
    development environment (IDE) is embedded in eXo Platform 3.5,
    which enables an IT team to develop, customize and extend the
    experience presented to a user in a platform-based engagement
    environment. Developers can create and refine elements on the fly
    and deploy with one-click ease.

eXo is already in use by some of the world’s biggest companies
such as HSBC and Allianz and also IT giant Red Hat. It’s available
in Community (open source) and Enterprise editions but a 30-day
trial version of eXo Platform 3.5 can be downloaded here.
You’ll find all the new features here documented here

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