It has now become an established trend that most web content management systems are now offering their deliverables on the cloud. But when cloud support is increasingly becoming common and an everyday reality for enterprise web, it is important to understand the way most vendors offer support for the cloud and the way it is offering long ranging effect on the enterprise web as a whole.
Emergence Of Micro services
The biggest value proposition of microservices is that the software platforms being broken into components can actually allow easier management without causing any big cost overhead. This is why Gartner is predicting that WCM is supposed to be more modular and customised for enterprise purposes. This imposes a new reality where WCM no longer can afford to be just monolithic applications. Instead modern WCMs should be highly disintegrated connecting various services and APIs.
Offering Tools That Enterprises Need
The new WCMs that cater to diverse niche enterprises are increasingly coming with the right tools that the respective industries need. Integrating the right kind of tools with the web platform is one of the crucial requirements of the modern WCMs of our era. In this context to make certain certain tools available interoperability between various third party services and WCMs are also important.
Finally, allowing the WCM to be hosted in the right platform is crucial for cloud based WCM performance. Web content management vendors mostly address the cloud requirements by allowing the businesses to host the digital products in cloud based platforms like Rackspace, Azure, and AWS. In such a scenario, both the hardware and network of the WCM is offered by the hosting service provider.
Obviously with only cloud hosting all the issues of a WCM do not get addressed and clients need to take care of them on their own. You can also opt for a few vendors who provide additional layer of support on and above the hosting service. In such cases the cloud hosting vendor can also manage an array of elements in the application stack. Some of the key elements that can be managed additionally include updates, product patches, a few security aspects, etc. These are dubbed as Managed Services which stretch their services from hosting to few application elements.
Cloud hosting services who directly provide such additional support or who come into agreement with third party service providers offer generally a service-level agreement (or SLA) for the respective platform. Besides the great advantage of enjoying superior uptime the only disadvantage with such managed services is that for resolving an issue one needs to look forward to several parties.
PaaS And SaaS
A cloud based web content management can also be offered as a Platform as a Service (PaaS) or Software as a Service (SaaS). Though at present it is offered only by a few vendors but they have the distinction of fine tuning the digital experience of the user through a cloud platform. From boosting the loading speed and performance to tailor suited custom features, in many ways such platform can boot ease of use, better performance and scalability. The best thing about this PaaS and SaaS approach is that any feature can be managed and tweaked only at the application level.