eZ Systems Unveils New Tools to Make Websites More Adaptable, Mobile-Ready and Easier to Search

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Latest release, 4.6, also adds API architecture and improved analytics and content targeting.

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Our customers and partners now have the tools to monetize their content even more effectively and efficiently.

eZ Systems AS, the award winning Open Source Web Content Management Platform provider, today announced the release of its newest update, version 4.6, titled Annapurna. Users can benefit from enhanced extensibility, simplified Content Access and App readiness.

“With our latest release of eZ Enterprise, we’ve taken our product to new levels of adaptability, extensibility and accessibility,” says Gabriele Viebach, Group CEO of eZ Systems AS. "All of that means that our customers and partners now have the tools to monetize their content even more effectively and efficiently.”

App Readiness: Mobile Kit
With the rise of the new generation of smartphones and tablets, the access to content and the expectations toward accessibility has changed dramatically. While a few years ago, customers used to call a call center, write a letter or fill out a web form, today they expect to have dialogue across any and all channels. To stay competitive and deepen the customer relationship, organizations are forced to provide a compelling brand and content experience across all online and mobile channels. The new Mobile Kit provides the foundation to create a mobile experience across different platforms (e.g., iOS, Android, etc.).

Faster Search Results: Enhanced Enterprise Search
Corporate content continues to grow exponentially, and one of the biggest pain points is the inability to find the right information in the corporate environment. A reliable enterprise search across all information repositories is one of the leading drivers in content management.

With eZ Find 2.6. eZ adds support for Solr 3.X, the popular, blazing fast open source enterprise search platform, from the Apache Lucene project. Additionally, with the unpatched Solr version, companies and their customers now are able to leverage Solr for federated, cross-system search infrastructure with tunable relevancy ranking, sorting and keyword highlighting.

Increased Adaptability: New API Concept
With Annapurna, eZ invested in the architecture of eZ Publish Enterprise with the objective of making eZ Publish much more agile, raising the bar to industry leading security and making it easier to use. Agility, security and ease-of-use are key success factors to create a better Content Experience Management.

Capitalize on Content Experience: Recommendations & Analytics
While a few years ago a website was meant to give access to as much information as possible, today with the information overflow, website owners need to find smart ways to target visitors. The goal of providing the right information to the visitor within just 3-5 clicks is very challenging.

With the Annapurna release, eZ offers users two smart ways to better target content for your visitors and make the website visit a compelling experience. With eZ odoscope, the user is able to analyze and optimize the website and mobile offering according to visitor behavior. Additionally with the eZ Recommendation Service, a user can provide personalized, real-time recommendation to visitors. This will allow the user to make e-commerce sites, websites, intranets and mobile offerings more effective and deliver a compelling web experience.

Enhanced Usability: Deployment Options & Image Handling
Running dozens of websites in a multi stage environment, with complex content distribution across multiple channels is a tough job. The more administrators can automate the processes and increase the ease-of-use for non-technical stakeholders, the more efficient the operation of the content infrastructure will become and the faster the time-to-market of information will be. With the upcoming Annapurna release, users will get enhanced deployment options, benefit from easier staging, site multiplication and upgrade process.

Additionally, the release will provide users with enhanced image uploading and optimized in line editing.The enhanced deployment options, as well as the better image handling, together with other features in this release will help you to empower your non-technical stakeholders to improve the time-to-market of complex content infrastructures.

eZ Services Network Enhancements
The eZ Services Network has also been enhanced with several new features, pairing best in class services with new functionality. Among a lot of improved services, our customers especially benefit from the new 24 x 7 support line. Our partners and customers around the globe have now access to world-class Service Level Agreements that tier in accordance with business their goals. Another highlight of the enhancements is the usage of statistics and content organization support via a new established services interface. Analytics is also part of the subscription fee.

Learn more about eZ Publish Enterprise 4.6.

About eZ Systems AS:
Founded in 1999, eZ Systems is the creator of eZ Publish, the award winning Open Source Web Content Management Platform, run by more than 250,000 installations in over 160 countries. eZ empowers digital business with a platform that not only enables organizations to manage content across multiple sites in many languages but also ensures that the information is delivered regardless of the channel. The result – right content, right time, right experience. The core element of the product is based on the open source paradigm enriched by enterprise services and completed by the eZ market offerings, resulting into enterprise grade subscription offerings with high-quality assurance, software maintenance and support services.

eZ Systems is trusted by well-known brands worldwide across a wide range of industries. Its customers include: CNBC, T-Mobile, France Telecom, Orange, BPCE, Clearchannel, Random House, EMI Music, Lagardère Active, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal Asia, UBM, Oslo Stock Exchange, Harvard University and MIT, United States Navy and French Ministry of Defense.

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