“The future depends on what we do today.”
— Mahatma Gandhi
The last post described the SDL Tridion name change to SDL Web 8. This post looks at product vision, focus, and feature comparisons.
The future of SDL Web depends on what we’ve accomplished in the past and what we’re focusing on today. The current SDL Web roadmap has four parts:
In the last few releases of SDL Tridion we focused on aggregation where CMS users have gained more control over items, even from other systems, in the context of the Content Manager Explorer. Also we unified the user interfaces across all SDL products and now provide easy access to other solutions within the SDL Customer Experience Cloud directly from within the web content editor’s environment.
SDL Web features under the aggregation theme included:
The focus is now on acceleration. With over a decade of implementation experience and a mature, open developer community, SDL has released the Digital Experience Accelerator (DXA), an open source standard reference implementation that can deliver up to 70% of a standard project implementation.
This aggregation and acceleration will help us focus on more automation and predictive features in the next few years. This diagram shows the current SDL Web strategic roadmap.
As with any technical product roadmap, the details and deliverables must adjust with the market. In the end, we need to deliver solutions that make it easier to orchestrate a contextual experience based on practical insights and analytics.
SDL Web includes four main parts that help Marketing Operations, IT, and the business:
Next to the “Acceleration” focus in SDL Web 8 we have also put a lot of effort into cloud enablement and reducing the total cost of ownership for our clients. The main new capabilities are listed below:
The following tables highlight expected functionality for Web 8 as compared to the previous two major versions (final details are subject to change).
limited support for this feature
included feature in this release
Web 8 (2015 Q4)
Ability to browse to page from CM Explorer
Metadata support for Translation Jobs
Site Launch Wizard
Business Process Types (Topology selection)
Centralized Configuration (CD)
Content Bundles / Multi-item workflow
Built-In Device Preview
External Content Library
SDL Web 8 introduces features that accelerate technical aspects as well.
Cloud DB Support: Microsoft, Amazon
Site Topology Management (CD Discovery service)
Content Delivery Microservice architecture
Public Artifact Repository
Digital Experience Accelerator (Java &.NET)
Workflow Performance Improvements
Latest platform support (DB, OS, etc.)
Translation Manager Event System
Bulk load of items via API
External Content Library API
PowerShell scripts for DB
In the next post, we've asked UX Designer Nikki Veldhuis to share some screenshots and prototypes for what we're planning in SDL Web 8.
Thanks again to Nikki with UX for the updated graphics, which are nicer than the originals from my previous presentations, and to Nuno Linhares, Arjen van den Akker, and the rest of the team for letting me share roadmap and behind-the-scenes details.
Thank you for adding this information. It really helps in understanding the future of SDL Web and features of the product. Looking forward for rest of the series.
Great info, can't wait for the rest of the series.