Great to have you still with us;-)
Although I don't have a crystal ball, I too see more encouraging things:
- Mandeeps did not only announce Vanjaro but his Live Storefront is succesful, the Live Visualizer is a very user friendly version of 2SXC and/or ActionGrid and all his products have had updated UI's. So, he is still investing.
- Shine is a new module of Scotiacode, also replacing the Persona Bar (I guess some people are not fond of it)
- EasyDNNSolutions created the Blockbuilder (pagebuilder)
- DNN Sharp recently launched Plantanapp.com which is actually a UI on top of the entire DNN Sharp suite. This is a low code environment which does the heavy lifting for you (creating databases, field types, connecting table a to table b etc)
- Andy Tryba promised to launch a new DNN Store on DNN Summit (If I remember correctly) and so far he kept his promisses...curious to see what/how it will be,
That's all inside the community.
Recently I was guiding a government agency for a CMS selection. DNN ended at the short list (5 CMSses) and the editors considered DNN as the most user friendly CMS. But the number 2 is gaining ground swiftly as there are weak points within the DNN community:
1. brand awareness. Nobody knows DNN, although in The Netherlands DNN has almost as much installs as Drupal. DotNetNuke/Evoq/DNN/DNN platform/... All these different names divided the brand name in smaller pieces.
2. number of vendors. Most vendors follow the money. In the world of .NET that means Sitecore, Kentico and for now Umbraco.
3. company size: although it says nothing about knowledge or support, a CMS earns more trust when larger digital agencies have adopted that technology.
BTW Liferay was also on our short list. But the editors were clear: "that is by far the most confusing and annoying CMS of the day". :-)