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

Saturday 24 February 2018

AEM 6.4 Features

Our team had a chance to attend partner session of AEM 6.4 and excited to see the new features of AEM 6.4.

We are going to explain all of them in latest blog posts soon.

AEM 6.4 New Features

AEM 6.4 is a powerful digital marketing single platform which takes advantage of cloud, online & physical channel connectivity utilization of machine learning to personalized customer experience. AEM 6.4 is basically a cloud based architecture and shift content management from 'channel driven' to 'journey driven' now.

The latest AEM features are given below

1. Features based on cloud integration:
Efficient Omni-channel experience:
The latest tightly integrated Adobe Marketing cloud and Adobe experience cloud helps utilize content and data more closely than before. This helps in a fluid experience across all touchpoints.

Adobe Experience Cloud and Security:
Now the managed service clients have access to cloud manager which accelerates deployments and updates through a dedicated and powerful devops system which also ensures the security across channels.

Intelligent content delivery:
Utilizing the Sensei,  we can design , automate the best experiences to provide a 360 degree view of content which is most sensible to a specific user when ever he requires and in a suitable place.

What s Adobe Sensei?
 Adobe Sensei, is Adobe's Artificial Intelligence and machine learning framework, which automates the delivery of personalized content, empowering marketers to work smarter and faster.

Flexibility of accessing assets from Experience Manager to Creative cloud.
The Marketing cloud - Creative cloud(AMC-ACC) integration helps search, access, modify an asset stored in Experience Manager more quicker from a creative cloud.

3D capabilities:
Experience manager integration with Adobe Dimension CC, 3D assets can be easily convert to marketing assets.

2. Features based on AEM Usability

New Single Page Applications(SPA ) capability in AEM:
Now we can utilize the SPA editor and utilize any latest technology to integrate across multi channels.

Smart Tags and utilization:
Now using smart tags , we can discover relevant images easily & quickly. Utilizing

Dynamic Media Capabilities & Smart Imaging
Now utilizing the intelligent media capabilities, smart imaging understands the situation and compress the images and ensures a faster delivery. Smart crop is based on Adobe Sensei and detects the image which helps to crop the images more efficiently.

Automated Forms conversion:
A smart way of converting forms in other formats like PDF to a more user friendly mobile supported presentation.

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the Adobe Sensei capabilities, we can train the algorithm and in future use this information to automatically add metadata keywords.

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

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

Tuesday 13 February 2018

WCMUsePojo class & Alternatives in AEM?

AEM’s component development needs a back end logic to retrieve values from back end. Sightly is a templating language which together with WCMPojo helps to create components.

This approach(Sightly + WCMUseClass) provided better decoupling of the presentation layer vs business logic, thus code will be more maintainable and also easier to debug. AEM 6.1 or 6.2 uses WCMUsePojo class (or even Sling Models) for back end logic. Adobe recommends Sling Models as a best way of implementing AEM WCM Components with version AEM 6.3.

So in Brief,

We can use simple Pojo (without extending Adobe's class) with java-use-api. Cases where resources/services are not easily available, we can extend WCMUsePojo to get the ability to use resources/services. In an advanced way, we can go with Sling Models which will give more flexibility and ease, because it uses annotations.

Important Sling Annotation Reference are given below.

@Model : declares a model class or interface

@Inject : marks a field or method as injectable

@Named : declare a name for the injection (otherwise, defaults based on field or method name).

@Optional : marks a field or method injection as optional

@Source : explicitly tie an injected field or method to a particular injector (by name). Can also be on other annotations.

@Filter : an OSGi service filter

@PostConstruct : methods to call upon model option creation (only for model classes)

@Via : change the adaptable as the source of the injection

@Default : set default values for a field or method

@Path : only used together with the resource-path injector to specify the path of a resource

@Exporters/@Exporter/@ExporterOptions/@ExporterOption : for Exporter Framework

WCMUsePojo Vs Sling Models

  • Mixed POJOs - Pure POJOs
  • Extends from WCMUsePojo - Standalone class with '@Model' annotation and having no keyword
  • More code required to retrieve common objects or property values - Easier methods to retrieve common objects or property values
  • Uses  Felix annotation '@Reference' to reference to an available OSGI service - Uses '@Inject' or '@OSGiService'
  • In case of WCMUsePojo, we have to overwrite the activate() method - init() method will be called in the @PostConstruct annotation
  • Not annotation driven - Annotation driven

Thursday 1 February 2018

How do we estimate an AEM Migration project?

There are scenarios where we need to migrate any existing CMS content to AEM. The steps for migration are given in my previous post.

Now let us see how do we estimate the migration activities.

Below given the activities for doing a proper estimation. The assumption is that the entire site is re-created in AEM as is.
  1.         List down the templates: Identify all the templates in site.
  2.         Estimate the templates: Estimate time for creating each template.(Skip the same types, consider only unique ones)
  3.         List components: Identify all the identical components to be created.
  4.         Estimate the components: Define time for each unique component creation.
  5.         Analyze the current CMS content ( XML/JSON Data) : Analyse the content. It may have textual content, metadata, tags etc.
  6.         Estimate the scripts for each components (XML/JSON Data to AEM Component): Now estimate time required to migrate the content using any of the content migration approach/ scripts.
  7.         Analyse asset migration: Find out how the assets are organised in current system. Find out the ways to move them to AEM.
  8.         Estimate asset migration and categorization(Extract and update metadata for digital assets on AEM): Here we need to calculate time required to move entire asset(not duplicates) to AEM.
  9.         Estimate Analytics part: Calculate the analytics implementation
  10.         Analyse the integrations: Find out all integration points and ways to replicate it in AEM.
  11.         Estimate Integration (Login, Authorization, Search): List out the time for integration implementation
  12.         Analyse the workflows:Find all the workflows to be created in AEM
  13.         Estimate Workflow creation: Estimate time for creating workflows based on the complexity.
If the site has to be redesigned, we need to consider the design activities also as part of estimation. We also need to estimate time for,
  • Environment setup(dev,qa,prod,dr)
  • Testing
  • Release configurations & activities
  • Additional authoring after the content migration.
Above activities helps to provide a valid estimation for any migration project.
Migrating a CMS website content to AEM? Follow this steps:

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