Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Jazoon 2007: Magnolia product presentation

The chronology of this post isn't entirely correct, but I went to one product presentation last night, being Boris Kraft's Magnolia presentation. There weren't too many attendees (mostly likely because of late announcement), but it was still a nice presentation.

I spent a lot of time with Magnolia last year and the year before, and I have to say it is quite impressive to see how far they have come since Magnolia 2.0 in the recent 3.1 version. The user interface is much nicer, Document Management, lots of new paragraph types, workflow stuff, as well as a pretty slick site-designer for the enterprise version, just to mention a few new features.

And in my personal opinion, the price isn't bad compared to other proprietary CMS'es, and you still get a long way with the open source version. From a few years back their number of reference projects has been multiplied by the hundreds, and traffic on Magnolia-powered sites all in all is probably sky-high by now.

I've exchanged a fair number of mails with Boris and Magnolians in the past, so it was great to finally meet him. After the presentation we got some free beer (and expensive cola) and talked about open source, system development, Switzerland and puppetry, amongst other things. After he had to go home to Basel, we (the Objectware lads) headed out to town! Zurich by night is a fun place indeed :)