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Nuxeo World hosted participants from 13 countries at the Théâtre des Variétés in Paris this year. Technical content, client case studies, and champagne flowed generously. I had the opportunity to chat with many of the participants and, as often happens at this type of gathering, certain topics crept their way into our conversations again and again. I wanted to share the vibe of event from my perspective.

Content is the common denominator.

A content management platform fosters an amazingly diverse group of business applications. It seems that content is the common denominator for a large number of problems. Archive management, magazine and brochure editorial management, managing authorizations for putting products such as pesticides and fertilizers on the market, are a few of the use cases that were showcased at Nuxeo World.
As we encounter the great variety of business problems our clients need to address - ranging from small and simple to enterprise-wide and complex - we are more convinced than ever that a flexible, modular, open content management platform is the most effective way to provide sustainable solutions.

For ECM deployments, integration matters. A lot.

The diversity of use cases for a content management platform is large, and the enterprise application environments for ECM deployements are varied, and evolving. Nuxeo platform projects involve integrations with WCM, BI, BPM applications, just to stick to the acronyms. An open source, standards-based platform ultimately helps reduce ECM project cost by facilitating these integrations, and remaining open to future integrations. Conversely, vendor lock-in is costly, in a number of ways.
At Nuxeo World, several integrations were highlighted, and feedback proved that the topic is hot. Ephesoft, Cryptolog, Hippo, XAOP, and Scality gave their perspective on the value of integrating with a content management platform.

User adoption makes all the difference.

This is true for all types of enterprise software. If you thrust the application on your user community and threaten, coax, and cajole them into using it, some of them will take the time to learn it. Maybe. And maybe they'll stop after a while. Clearly, involving the users in the rollout process so they contribute to the application and the way it helps solve their problems is the better way to go. The creativity behind this user involvement is as varied as their contexts. One project leader used social collaboration features, with something as simple as attaching a picture to the profile encouraging users to participate in forums. Another project leader identified a group of users and included them in the iterative development process with feedback sessions every 2 weeks. The results of this effort can make all the difference between a highly successful project and a mediocre project.

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The gathering of the Nuxeo community in Paris was a great way to help shape our thinking about content management, platforms, and solving business problems. We hope to see you at our upcoming community events, in Paris or anywhere else in the world. Watch this space!

-- @JaneZupan, who has spent the last week eating foie gras and magret de canard