In May 2009, independent analyst firm CMS Watch found a “third wave” of European Web CMS vendors hitting the North American market. This included Swedish-born EPiServer, having at that time just hired their first and only US-based employee.
Now 12 months later, EPiServer has announced its intention to go public and the US operation has grown to a team of almost 10 employees, signed up 30+ partners and several customers. EPiServer now confidently and in true American style claims to be “the world’s fastest growing WCM vendor”. From the buyer’s perspective this statement is impossible to validate, but the growth for EPiServer, in particular in the US, is very visible.
Competing with EPiServer in the crowded US marketplace for .NET content management systems are other European vendors such as Kentico, Sitecore, Telerik, Tridion (SDL) and open source Umbraco. Among the US-vendors Ektron is one of the main players in the space.
For prospective CMS buyers, my advice is that both a local vendor team and experienced local partners are really important. At the moment far from all 30+ US partners have got strong EPiServer project experience under their belts, although this might change rapidly.
Equally important is a local community of customers. EPiServer has been serious about building their community for several years and has almost 10,000 registered members on their EPiServer world. Even though the US based community is growing fast, and everything you need is available in English, the vast majority of the community members are still European.
You can meet EPiServer at our conference in Philadelphia and learn more about their US growth plans.