Wednesday 28 March 2018

Summary of release details : Adobe Experience Manager

AEM Release history

Product: Adobe Experience Manager
  • 6.6 , 2020 - Major Release  - Date not finalized
  • 6.5 April 8, 2019 - Major Release
  • 6.4 April 4, 2018 - Major Release
  • 6.3 April 26, 2017 - Major Release
  • 6.2 April 21, 2016 - Major Release
  • 6.1 May 28, 2015 - Minor Release
  • 6.0 May 28, 2014 - Major Release

List of new features/ capabilities in each release

AEM 6.6
To be updated

AEM 6.5
Content Velocity, Fluid Experiences improvements, Cloud Agility, Experience Intelligence

AEM 6.4
Fluid Experiences, AI Based crop features, Core components etc.

AEM 6.3
Oak Segment Tar File Format, User Interface, Security, OAuth

AEM 6.2
MongoDB support, User Interface  changes

AEM 6.1
Authoring enhancements, Enhancements to AEM Forms app, Experience targeting in AEM forms

Jackrabbit Oak,Touch UI,Sightly, More open source with Jetty & Apache Solr

Note: Please let us know if you find any discrepancy in the content/ data.

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Tuesday 27 March 2018

Dynamic Media & Related Features in AEM 6.4

Dynamic Media helps content creator to author and deliver rich dynamic media experiences, which are optimized for any screen quickly and effortlessly.

The major features of Dynamic Media are listed below.
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Master file approach:
Dynamic Media works on one master file,and seamlessly create unlimited automatically created versions(size,format,resolution,crop,effect) for any media

Interactive Video
Create shoppable video experience which are engaging and having scrolling side panels & CTAs in minutes

Responsive Viewers and Adaptive videos
Automatically deliver combined videos and images the right format at the right quality and size to all screens with responsiveness and fit to the bandwidth adaptiveness

Interactive Imagery
Combine the images and add interactivity for a carousal effect and provide engaging shoppable hot spots for a better navigation

Easy build interactive elements
Visually create using WYSYUG editors and delivery immediately.

Smart imaging
images are automatically analyzed to deliver intelligently sized delivery.

Smart crop:
Automated Adobe Sensei enabled cropping feature for a appropriate area crop

Utilizing the Power of Dynamic Media with AEM
  • Integrates seamlessly with AEM assets to offer asset management, rich experience authoring and delivery
  • Easy author, build , customize and launch rich experiences quickly without the need for technical help
  • WYSIWYG look & feel and behavior editors for image viewers and video players
  • Shoppable Media creation interfaces allows speedy creation of image hotspots and shoppable video
  • Accelerated creation and deployment of personalization features for visual product builder and email/banners.
6.4 Related- Dynamic Media Capabilities
  • Interactive Media Integration with Experience Fragments
  • Smart Crop
  • Smart Imaging
  • Viewer Enhancements

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Interested in taking a first look at AEM 6.4 UI and dash board? Watch this video.

Read More on AEM 6.4

AEM 6.4 Features

Advantages of using Adobe Cloud Manager for AEM

Dynamic Media & Related Features in AEM 6.4


Machine Learning Enabled Features in AEM

Friday 23 March 2018

Advantages of using Adobe Cloud Manager for AEM

There has to be a solid content experience to enable a smooth customer satisfaction over any content management system. The application crash can be very costly for the customers too. 98% of organizations claim 1 hour of downtime costs on average $100K for them.

Let us see the building blocks for enabling smooth engaging digital experiences.
  • Rapid Development
  • Easily scalable capacity
  • Continuous performance monitoring
  • Enterprise grade security

Below given the common challenges with AEM On Premise which organization usually face
  • Slow time to market
  • Too costly to scale
  • Performance risks
  • Security threats

The advantage AEM Cloud Managed Cloud services.
Below given the list of values of moving AEM to Adobe Managed Cloud Services.
  • Dedicated Hosting Environments
  • Expert Support
  • Go Live Process coaching
  • Auto Scaling for peaks
  • 24x7 Monitoring & Event Response
  • FedRAMP, GLBA,HIPPA,SOC-2,ISO 27001(Security, standards & Law enabled)
  • Customization Best Practices
  • Updates & Patching
  • Change Management
  • Backup & Disaster Recovery
Cloud improvements in AEM 6.4 are mainly under Cloud scale & Security:
  • Cloud manager: Which facilitates the self service through interface
  • Continuous Integration & Continuous delivery

Common release challenges an AEM Project faces usually:
There are cases where we need to push the changes due to business requirements from dev to qa, stage & prod environments. It can be quick manual fixes, or production fixes. Due to this product become unstable which will have impact on business in the areas like, slow time to market for custom fix or new features, User experience issues due to low quality code, lac of control & quality in managing  releases.

How do we achieve a better control over the quick & stable deployments

One option could be the cloud manager self service portal newly available in AEM.  This helps to
  • Setup and configure  environments
  • Manage roles and permissions
  • Monitor application performance and Key process indicators.
The cloud manager helps to build the code,  deploy artifacts, once tested  release it to production in an efficient and quick way.

The new AEM provides CI/CD Frameworks with
  • UI to set up CI-CD Pipeline
  • Code inspection based on best practices
  • Automated functional & Load Testing
  • Security validation
Also the cloud manager enables various deployment modes like
  • Automated deployments for mature pipelines
  • Scheduled deployments for flexibility  of deploying  even business hours
  • Manual deployments for maximum control and custom deployments.

The key benefits of cloud manager are given below
  • Speed delivery of customizations
  • Minimize user disruptions
  • Provide more flexibility and control
  • Ensure customer KPIS are always achieved

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Thursday 1 March 2018

AEM Cloud, Topology, Nodestore, Datastore App server, Auth. Web Server

 Below given some of the AEM specific combinations available.

AEM products
  •     Sites
  •     Assets
  •     Forms
  •     Screens
  •     Communities
  •     Commerce
  •     Mobile
  •     LiveFyre
  •     Dynamic Media/Scene7
  •     Brand Portal
Adobe Experience Cloud solutions
  •     Analytics
  •     Target
  •     Campaign
  •     Audience Manager
  •     Media Optimizer
  •     Primetime
  •     Social
  •     Mobile Services   
Which Cloud Environment is used?
  •     Adobe Managed Services
  •     Amazon Web Services
  •     Microsoft Azure
  •     Rackspace
  •     Private cloud
  •     Other   
  •     Non-High Availability (1 Author active node, 1 Publish active node)
  •     Publish-Farm (2 or more Publish active nodes)
  •     Author-Cluster (2 or more Author active nodes)
  •     Author-Cold Standby (1 Author standby node)
  •     Author-Offload (1 or more Author active worker nodes)   
Nodestore Micro Kernel (MK)
  •     SegmentMK with Tar
  •     DocumentMK with MongoDB
  •     DocumentMK with Oracle
  •     DocumentMK with DB2
  •     DocumentMK with MySQL
  •     DocumentMK with SQLServer   
Datastore configuration
  •     Segment
  •     File System
  •     Amazon S3
  •     Azure Blob Storage
  •     MongoDB
  •     RDBMS   
Application Server
  •     Jetty
  •     CQSE
  •     Oracle WebLogic
  •     IBM WebSphere
  •     Apache Tomcat
  •     Oracle JBoss   
Security Authentication method
  •     AEM
  •     LDAP
  •     SAML
  •     Oauth
  •     Other   
Web Server technology    
  •     Apache
  •     Microsoft IIS
  •     Oracle iPlanet