What a difference 5 years can make! Much has happened in the crowded and still young CMS marketplace since 2007, but contrary to what most analysts expected, the number of CMS vendors has not gone down. New vendors have emerged, local vendors have successfully gone international and on top of that, many of the large software companies that were largely uninterested in CMS back in 2007 are now investing heavily in the market.
As a buyer it can be confusing and difficult to stay updated on the rapid market developments, so I made a slide showing who the big vendors were in 2007 and what the picture looks like today for a recent J. Boye group meeting.
Large, global and complex organisations tend to gravitate towards the big vendors. As one of our members put it:
Elephants buy from elephants
Consolidation has only happened to the extent that vendors have bought other vendors. With just a few exceptions all the products have been kept alive, so today several of the above have more than one Web CMS as a part of their offering.
Finally, a look at the big vendor websites won't get you far in terms of figuring out more about their CMS offerings. They may be big vendors, but they also offer many other solutions and CMS is apparently not on top of their list. Here's the CMS products from each:
- Adobe: CQ5 (I gave up looking for it on adobe.com and instead turned to day.com, which is the CMS vendor they acquired in 2010)
- Autonomy: TeamSite (which came via the Interwoven acquisition in 2009 and Autonomy is now actually owned by HP)
- EMC: Documentum (which they acquired in 2003)
- IBM: Web Content Manager (which belongs to the Lotus family in IBM software)
- Microsoft: SharePoint
- Open Text: Web Experience Management (which came via the Vignette acquisition in 2009)
- Oracle: WebCenter Sites (formerly known as FatWire which they acquired in 2011)