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Cascade Server: The Road Ahead…. …But First Let’s Review. 4 Themes for the Cascade 5 series in 2008: User Experience enhancements Enterprise Deployment features Popular Issues Distinct Feature vs. Patch Releases . User Experience Enhancements. Quick Links for Fast Access (5.1)

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Cascade server the road ahead

Cascade Server: The Road Ahead…

Bradley Wagner

But first let s review

…But First Let’s Review

4 Themes for the Cascade 5 series in 2008:

  • User Experience enhancements

  • Enterprise Deployment features

  • Popular Issues

  • Distinct Feature vs. Patch Releases

Bradley Wagner

User experience enhancements

User Experience Enhancements

  • Quick Links for Fast Access (5.1)

  • Drag and Drop Folder Re-Ordering (5.2)

  • Drag and Drop Publish Queue Re-Ordering (5.2)

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Enterprise deployment features

Enterprise Deployment Features

  • Database Publishing (5.0)

  • Load Balancing Support with Tomcat/Hibernate (5.0)

  • Content Types for Pages (5.5)

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Popular issues

Popular Issues

  • Content Drafting “Save as Draft” (5.0) – 16 votes

  • Editable Roles (5.5) – 12 votes

  • 30+ voted on features, improvements, bug-fixes included up to 5.7

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Release strategy feature vs patch releases

Release Strategy:Feature vs. Patch Releases


  • To release new functionality in scheduled quarterly releases and provide timely patch releases in the interim.

    By the Numbers

  • 5 Features Releases – Since Last September (5.0, 5.1, 5.2, 5.5, 5.7)

  • 10 Patch Releases – Averaging 2-3 between major releases

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Cascade server 5 series adoption

Cascade Server 5 Series Adoption

  • About 66% of our 150+ customers are using Cascade 5 series in production

  • Test licenses available on request. Get yours today!

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Want to learn more

Want to learn more?

  • Database Publishing

    • Syl Turner, Software Engineer, Tomorrow 8:15-9:00am

  • Exploring Cascade 5

    • Kevin Works, Services Director, Tomorrow 10:30-11:00am

  • Cascade Server Knowledge Base

    • Morgan Griffith, Marketing Directory, Today 2:30-3:00pm

  • Ask Hannon Hillians!

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The here and now cascade 5 7

The Here and Now: Cascade 5.7

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User experience enhancements1

User Experience Enhancements

  • AJAX Left Hand Navigation

  • Type Ahead Search with Relevancy Sorting

  • Scrolling “New” Menu – 10 votes

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Content types indexes

Content Types Indexes

  • Great for pulling only the content you need from folders across your website – “Most Recent…”

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Link anchors

Link Anchors

  • Anchor insertion/editing – 21 votes

  • Supports Clicking Links with Anchors

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Wysiwyg upgrade


  • Full-Screen Edit Mode

  • Full Safari 3 support

  • TinyMCE 3 provides fixes for lots of bugs Cascade in our own issue tracker

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Script formats

Script Formats

  • Stylesheets -> XSLT Formats

  • Script Formats: When XSL is too much

    • Backed by Apache Velocity templating engine

    • Procedural style familiar to PHP, Python, Perl developers

  • Content Type Indexes + Script Formats = Simper, More Efficient Dynamic Content Regions

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Cascade server in 2009

Cascade Server in 2009

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A few themes for 2009

(A Few) Themes for 2009

  • Scaling Cascade Server deployments

  • Lowering the learning curve

  • Providing solutions for the social Web

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Scaling cascade

Scaling Cascade


We’re adding 50 new micro-sites to Cascade in next 6 months


  • How can we empower our site managers and alleviate strain on our CMS administrators?

  • How can we easily link between sites being deployed to totally separate web servers?

  • How can we allow content contributors on on site to….?

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New roles

New Roles

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Previous innovations

Previous Innovations

  • Introduced editable Roles in Cascade 5.5

  • Allowed for enabling/disabling a wide-range of abilities for the 5 existing roles: Contributor, Approver, Publisher, Manager, and Administrator

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One step further

One Step Further

  • Allow creation of totally new custom roles

  • Add permissions to access control lists to control who can access them

  • Tailor new Roles to “allow content contributors” to do whatever you want

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Sites as new components

“Sites” as New Components

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Previous innovation

Previous Innovation

  • We’ve been laying the groundwork:

    • Administration Component Containers

    • Lastly, Transport Containers in Cascade 5.7

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Site features

Site Features

  • Formal Site Component

  • Site contains its own set of Folders and Administration Area components

  • Only the assets relevant to the Site are visible

  • Users can belong to multiple sites and can switch between them

  • Contextual, site-specific Roles

  • Allows “contributors on one site to…”

  • Site Specific Settings

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Some site specific settings

Some Site Specific Settings

  • Site Level URL

  • Allows for robust “linking between sites” deployed to possibly

  • Site Specific Content Preferences

    • WYSWIYG toolbar configuration (currently in Groups)

    • CSS File and CSS Classes (currently in Targets, Groups, Global)

    • Tidy, Spell Check, Link Check, Accessibility (currently Global)

  • Allows for more fine-grained control to “empower site managers”

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Long term site goal

Long Term Site Goal

  • Sites supplant Targets as the object that binds Home area assets and Administration components together

  • Allows for decoupling of Templates (presentation) from Targets (publish destination)

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Lowering the learning curve

Lowering the Learning Curve

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Menu blocks

Menu Blocks

  • Combine common Index Blocks and Formats (XSLT or Script)

  • Create Menus with no XSLT and minimal number of options in a simple User Interface

    • Breadcrumbs

    • Next/Previous

    • Selected Objects

    • Context Navigation

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Providing solutions for the social web

Providing Solutions for the Social Web

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Social web sites

Social Web Sites

Sites are interactive web applications:

  • Personalization

    • Favorites

    • Watchers

  • Community Features

    • User Comments, Discussions

    • Ratings

    • Idea Exchanges

    • Blogs

    • Tags

    • Wikis

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Cascade delivery server

Cascade Delivery Server

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What is a delivery server

What is a Delivery Server?

  • Push CMS: Cascade Server 5 is strictly Push CMS that bakes and pushes files to a third-party Delivery Server (Apache, IIS Web Server)

  • Push/Pull CMS: Cascade’s Delivery Server will provide ability to directly serve up site content to browser

  • Imagine the Preview pane in Cascade 5 in a window by itself

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Cascade delivery server1

Cascade Delivery Server

  • Optional product

  • Simple enabling of Cascade Delivery Server from within Cascade

  • Content served up by Cascade with the same URL as would appear on your web server

  • Can be enabled for specific sites and micro-sites

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Why incorporate pull cms

Why incorporate Pull CMS?

  • Pull model has gained a lot more traction in the last few years as CMS applications have become more stable

  • Allows for instantaneous updating of site content for sites that require it:

    • Events Calendar

  • Allows for easy incorporation of Personalization and Community features

    • Blog with User Comments

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Future delivery server innovations live site modules

Future Delivery Server Innovations:Live Site Modules

Inject easily pluggable, configurable modules for:

  • Dynamic Content Harvesting – Calendars, Search

  • Personalization – Favorites, Watchers

  • Community – Comments/Discussions, Ratings, Ideas Exchanges

    right into existing page managed in Cascade Server.

  • Currently achieved with custom scripting code (PHP, .NET)

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Push and pull

Push and Pull

  • Cascade Server will still be a great Push CMS for maintaining organization controlled content:

    • Main corporate site (e.g.

    • Course Catalogs

    • News and Press Releases

  • Cascade Delivery Server will be great for interactive, community sites:

    • Cascade Knowledge Base with Favorites, Ratings, and Comments

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Benefits for all

Benefits for All

  • Delivery engine requires a consolidated rendered content cache to deliver the speed

  • All users will benefit from faster load page times for in-application viewing and during publishing

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Customer influenced roadmap your ideas matter

Customer Influenced Roadmap:Your Ideas Matter!

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Voicing your opinions

Voicing Your Opinions

  • Growing JIRA Features Project

    • Over 150 new features, improvements suggested since beginning of 2008

    • Over 30 voted on features, improvements, bug-fixes implemented in 5 series to date

  • Feature Idea Exchange on Customer Success Community

  • Need to talk?

    • Enter Chris Armistead, Client Advocate (product surveys, quarterly check-ins)

    • Remember our Support Staff headed by Tim Reilly and Joel Baxter is there to listen

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Cascade server the road ahead

Q & A

Bring your questions for me to our Open Q&A, Tomorrow 12:30-1:30pm

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