Friday 27 April 2018

What is a Pattern Detector? Role of Pattern Detector in upgrading older AEM to 6.4 version.

Pattern Detector helps in assessing the complexity of AEM upgrades.

How the Pattern Detector works?
Pattern detector scan the existing code base before upgrade to ensure that there are no code breakers involved in current code base. After scanning, Pattern Detector provides a set of action items to fix if any issues found. This includes detailed report of violation explanations and remediation guidance.

How this is helpful?
AEM 6.4 reserves some of the paths and reserved granite codes for internal AEM use only. So Pattern Detector checks any such paths which may be over written by upgrade, also any API which may not be compatible with 6.4 version. Pattern detection is a mandatory step for upgrading to AEM 6.4

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Install & configure Pattern Detector:

The installation & configuration steps can be found here

The Pattern detector is available for versions AEM 6.1, AEM 6.2, AEM 6.3, which is downloadable using Adobe Id. This needs to be installed through AEM package manager.

Access & Analysis of report:
Go to configrMgr and select 'Status'> Pattern Detector. The reports are available in normal text or JSON formats.

Some of the Pattern detector sample codes are
  • OCU - Depicts Deprecated usages
  • ECU - Suspicious overlays, overrides, references
  • LOCP -  Any packages that overwrites '/libs'
  • NBCC - Non backwards compatible changes
  • CAV - Directs to reduce the amount of overlayed content in general due to security problems
Usage Recommendations:
Pattern detector is recommended to use at stage environments to avoid any slowness in production environments.

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Tuesday 24 April 2018

AEM 6.4 features which a developer must aware of

AEM 6.4 has a lot more features which directly enables the developers activities. Below given my first observation which may help a developer in his day to day activities while working with AEM 6.4. This list may not be complete but definitely gives a good idea about the new things.

There are cloud related upgrades, Fluid experience support, efficient utilization of content intelligence etc in 6.4

Key notes on new features:

Core module version changes
  • AEM 6.4 build on top of updated versions of the OSGi-based framework (Apache Sling and Apache Felix)
  • Java Content Repository has the latest version: Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.8.2
  • The Quickstart uses Eclipse Jetty 9.3.22 as Servlet engine.

New Style System is available which allow users in Page Editor to select from a subset of styles via UI. The Core Components which were part of AEM 6.3, and now joined by the Style System, provides an efficient way to build new and extend existing sites.
Workflow model editor is now more user friendly.
Assets improvements related to machine learning like smart crop, smart tag, smart search etc reduces the manual activities drastically.

Some of the location/path changes to be noted are,
  • Template design information location is moved from /etc/design to support sites specific settings in /conf. But clients who are moving from older version to new version can remain using /etc/design.
  • Moved default location for segments into /conf to have site/context specific Segment lists.

Component & Template Development related upgrades
  • Project Archetype 13+
  • HTL version 1.3.1
  • Core Components 2.0.4
There are a set of UI changes too.
  • 'Content Tree' rail to quickly navigate a hierarchy
  • Improved interaction with the search results
  • Keyboard shortcuts, for most common actions
  • Ability to enable/disable keyboard shortcuts
Content Fragments & Services, Experience Fragments
  • Introduced Structured Content Models as foundation for content fragments.
  • New Model editor UI is available with a Pre-configured data elements for content fragment models.
  • Improved the usability of the AEM Content Fragment editor like Enhanced rich text editing capabilities, Full screen editing for single elements.
  • Content Service is enhanced with JSON output via Sling Model Exporter.
  • Integrated AEM Experience Fragments with Adobe Target.
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Monday 23 April 2018

AEM Assets Smart Search Capability with Apache Joshua

The latest AEM (AEM 6.4) provides a smart search capability for AEM Assets by translating the search terms. Let us understand more about this here.

What is Apache Joshua Language Packs ?
Wiki says "Apache Joshua is a statistical machine translation decoder for phrase-based, hierarchical, and syntax-based machine translation, written in Java". As of now it has around 64 language packs available.

The new AEM provides smart searches with language translation across AEM content & Assets. Which means when we do a search of term 'Man'(English)/'hombre'(Spanish)/'homme'(French) gives the same assets result which avoids the manual content translation.

How it works?
Apache Oak Machine Translation OSGi bundle once installed, helps to check feasibility of translating a search term utilizing registered language packs. On the back-end the Apache Joshua provides the language packs support.

Steps involved in search translation:
  • User searches a English/ Non-English term in AEM search box
  • With help of registered language packs the Apache Oak Machine Translation bundle provides a list of translated terms.
  • Now each translated terms are executed as queries to AEM search index.
  • The results are collected and displayed to user

AEM Smart Search Process

Pre-requisites for adding the functionality.
1) Apache Oak Search Machine Translation OSGi bundle must be installed and configured
2) Apache Joshua language packs(Open source) that contain the translation rules (Specific to our needs; If we need Spanish, we need to install Spanish Language Pack)

How to setup 'Smart Translation Search with AEM Assets'?
  • Download and install the Oak Search Machine Translation OSGi bundle
  • Download and update the Apache Joshua language packs
  • Restart AEM - Ensure to update heap memory allocation
  • Update OSGi configurations - To register the language packs via Apache Jackrabbit Oak Machine Translation Fulltext Query Terms Provider

Machine Learning Enabled Features in AEM

AEM version 6 onward utilizes the machine learning algorithms. Let us understand the major AEM features based on machine learning techniques.

Machine Learning in AEM

Smart Tags
 Deep learning based image tagging

Enhanced Smart Tags
 Adds ability to teach the smart Tagging feature to recognize your own concepts for eg logos

Smart Cropping
 Automatically identifies the most important parts of an image and crops appropriately

Smart Swatching
 Automatically identifies best/most representative region of image for color swatch

Smart Translation Search
 Does on-the-fly translation of search queries to support multiple language search

Smart Summarization
 Summarizes a text by identifying the most important sentences

Expert Scoring
 Identifies experts among community users

Spam detection for communities
 Automatically flags potential spam comments

Smart Forms Conversion(Tech preview for 6.4)
 Allows for semi-automation of forms conversion from any format to AEM format using deep learning

Smart Layout (Tech preview for 6.4)
 Suggests Layouts for different audiences based on KPIs and content understanding

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Thursday 12 April 2018

Enterprise Digital Asset Management through AEM - The AEM 6.4 Assets New Capabilities

AEM Assets provide an option for digital asset creation , management and delivery. The new  and powerful intelligent asset management helps marketers and IT to organize, adapt, distribute rich media & experiences at scale across various customer journey.

Let us see the new AEM Asset features in detail.

Below given some of them.

Asset Management: Provides a place to manage, govern, and distribute assets across enterprise businesses, teams, projects, and customer channels.

Creative & Marketing Workflows: The new AEM provides deep connectivity across the Adobe Creative Cloud applications & services to uniquely source, scale, accelerate creative production.

Dynamic Media Transform & Delivery: The new dynamic media enables reuse of digital assets to rapidly adapt, compose, and deliver dynamic experiences with speed and impact.

Cloud & Open Architecture: The new AEM provides modern & scalable platform with a robust API & ecosystem, which helps to manage approved assets across any team and integrate with 3rd party applications.

Content Intelligence through Adobe Sensei - New AEM is easily integrated with Sensei, which has capabilities of machine learning and advanced algorithms to help organization discover hidden assets with auto-tagging, accelerate slow processes with automated workflows, and decide what matters with insights & analytics.

Digital Asset Management(DAM) Trends

Many organizations still lacking the capability of a true enterprise DAM even though they had a vision for an enterprise DAM or through multiple fragmented solutions.

Some of the common challenges which an organization faces are Unable to find assets, Increasing touchpoints, Duplicate assets, Slow rollout, efficiency Growing number of projects, collaborators, teams, Increasing creative costs, Global Sharing & Access Security & Compliance costs etc. These challenges could be over come through Creative & Marketing Workflows, Cloud solutions, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Integration & Openness.

What are all the new DAM capabilities in AEM Asset 6.4?

Creative Cloud Connectivity: Native Creative Cloud connector for Photoshop , Illustrator, & InDesign CC Adobe Stock Support through SSO. This also enables Search across AEM Assets and Creative Cloud Assets.

Smarter Asset Management
  • Smart Tags: 'custom tags' - Adobe Sensei learns from the taxonomy and tags to assist with cataloguing, making assets more findable & reusable.
  • Search: 'smart translation' - Use Machine Learning to auto-translate tags & search phrases on the fly
  • Metadata: 'rules & bulk operations' - New admin tools for metadata schema rules, import/export of metadata
  • Brand Portal: 'file sharing & distribution' - A secure, turn key cloud service for on demand asset distribution to internal teams, external partners,agencies,resellers. Quickly and cost effectively improve asset sharing efficiency, accelerate time to market, and reduce non-compliance and risk.

Media Transformation & Delivery
Smart Crop Emerging Media: 3D, VR, Panoramic media management &viewers, Experience Fragments support with Dynamic Media

Cloud Scale & Security - performance, scale and security for the most demanding businesses through integrated cloud.

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Wednesday 11 April 2018

Can we use Auditor with AEM Sites? How to use Auditor with AEM Sites?

All Adobe Cloud hosted AEM sites can use Auditor service through their cloud platform. Let us understand Auditor in detail.

What is Auditor?

We all know an efficiently implemented software/website can bring best in class business for a customer.

Adobe provides unified platform for family of digital marketing solutions and services through 'Adobe Experience Cloud'. Through this interface we can quickly access the cloud solutions and related core services. One such core service is 'Activation'.

Auditor is a feature of the Activation Core Service which was co-developed with ObservePoint, who are one of the industry experts in validating digital implementations. Auditor access the Adobe Experience Cloud customers implementations and provide a report on the ways to improve it.

The three steps involved as part of Auditor analysis are,

Scan: This tool can scan 100 pages of Adobe technology at a time through this. There are a set of advanced filters to include or exclude pages.

Understand: From the report received, analyze the data in detail based on tag presence, configuration and consistency.

Improve: The report provides recommendations. Based on the recommended approach, follow the best practice and improve your implementation.

Who can get access to Auditor and what all we can do with Auditor?
All Adobe experience cloud customer have access to Auditor for auditing 100 pages. As of now analytics, Experience cloud ID Service, Media Optimizer, Target technologies can get scanned through Auditor.

How does the Auditor report look?
As of now the scanned report is a combination of URL's which were scanned and issues found vs recommendations at granular level. We can have the report downloaded in a spreadsheet format too. Report gives recommendations on 'how to improve your implementations to align with best practices'

How to run the scan?
From Adobe Experience Cloud navigation bar, follow below steps
  • Click Activation
  • Click Auditor
  • Click New Audit
  • Configure Scan: By providing a starting URL and clicking “Run Report”. An email will be received on completion.
  • Understand: Either from clicking link in email or through dashboard, understand the report and take necessary action.
What if I need to scan more than 100 pages through Auditor?
Contact ObservePoint.

Does the tool scan behind authentication?
As of now the authentication behind screens are not included. You will need to contact ObservePoint for this.

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The new AEM features are categorized into below areas

1 Cloud Scale and Security
    Cloud Manager

2 Fluid Experiences
    Content Fragments, Experience Fragments,  Content Services

3 Content Intelligence
    Smart Layout, Smart Tag , Smart Crop, Automated Forms Conversion

4 Marketing and IT Velocity
    Core Components and Style System, Single-Page Application Editor, Native Support for Creative Cloud for Enterprise, Digital Signage
What’s New in AEM 6.4:  AEM Sites, AEM Assets, AEM Forms

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1) Cloud Scale & Security Proven business:- Provides a critical cloud performance with scale and security for the most demanding brands. Below are the major highlights,
*Secure Dedicated Environments
*Upgrading and Patching
*Customer Self-Service with Cloud Manager
*Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery of custom code, Testing Automation, Best Practices

2) Fluid Experiences:-  Unique combination of data and content to  handle omni-channel experiences across owned, earned and paid end-points so brands can truly connect with customers. Below given core components of fluid experiences.

a) Content Fragments - Design, create, curate and use page-independent editorial text content with embedded or associated media.

CF: Content authoring in a modular way, below page-level and content delivery not bound to presentation
Editorial Content - Text written by Copy Writers; Elements, Paragraphs, Variations
Mixed Media - Images in paragraph sequence; Curate relevant images more strictly than with associated collections
Summarization - Goal-based shortening of text; Achieve editorial goals with  AI assistance

b) Experience Fragments -A group of components with layout that can live independently

Consistent experiences and layouts across channels

c) Content Services: A lightweight, read-only way for accessing content (e.g. JSON) from AEM to deliver to any channel. Core areas are given below.
A light weight way to get content independent of layout and repository
Channel agnostic reuse of content that may be in Assets or part of a Sites project
Out of the box, extensible content models
Automatically generated service endpoints

3) Content Intelligence:- Valuable insights and automation of content discovery, creation and performance powered by Adobe Sensei and pervasive data platform.

Content Intelligence
Automatically create and scale personalized variations of page experiences, based on your audience engagement preferences. Core feature are given below.

Smart Layout: Smart Layout uses Adobe Sensei artificial intelligence to optimize the layout of content and surface the most engaging content within a page based on analytics across your key business performance metrics.

Smart tags: The next-generation of Smart Tags uses a self-learning algorithm to recognize images and populate tags based on your unique business taxonomy.

Smart crop: Non-destructive editing selects the appropriate area of the asset and automatically crops to the precise standards powered by AI.

Automated Forms Conversion
Automatically identify & digitize input fields on a traditional PDF form Creates more inviting mobile experience, reduces enrollment abandonment

4) Marketing & IT Velocity:- Enable Marketing, IT and Creatives to work in parallel so no team is a bottleneck to realizing value. Core features are below.

Style System: Design Consistency with Minimal Development Effort
Single-Page Application Editor: IT and Business Collaboration. Preview and edit Single Page Applications built on your favorite framework. This allows marketing and developer authors to collaborate and edit content seamlessly regardless of the authoring framework used for creation of SPA. Allows entry into Progressive Web Apps – emerging trend for mobile web with native mobile app accessibility.
Native Support for Creative Cloud for Enterprise with AEM Assets
Digital Signage : Access screens though unified AEM admin, Locations can be organized hierarchically, Schedules on location ,Single screen sequenc.

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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