Sitecore annual report: a very successful software company

By |January 6th, 2011|

It somehow slipped my radar that WCM-vendor Sitecore released their annual report back in November. Once again they managed to post record numbers with increasing revenue, profit and capital base. Revenue is now at DKK 131 million (up from DKK 79 million) with net earnings at DKK 38 million (up from DKK 18 million). The […]

Selecting a Web CMS: Case study from Oticon

By |December 15th, 2010|

Selecting a new Web CMS can be a daunting process, in particular at a large, complex and global company. Danish hearing aid manufacturer Oticon (3,000+ employees, customers in 100+ countries) went through the selection process using industry best practices in a 4-step process, which took a total of 7 months.

The website was a corner stone […]

Why pay for Sitecore when you can get Umbraco for free?

By |February 16th, 2010|

After a recent briefing with a Danish system integrator, I started speculating on whether Umbraco CMS might be on track to steal market share from Sitecore in the marketplace for .NET-based content management systems. Others have mentioned the possible trend to me in the past, but is it really happening?

Comparing open source Umbraco and proprietary […]

Why the finances of software vendors matter

By |January 24th, 2010|

I’ve regularly covered annual reports, earnings announcements and other financial news about software vendors. These commentaries tend to stir debate and I am frequently asked why I bother to look behind the numbers. Is it really important?

Many vendors, in particular privately-held US-based ones, don’t publicly release audited numbers. Instead they carefully select a few positive […]

Sitecore posts record numbers again

By |December 14th, 2009|

Earlier this month Danish CMS vendor Sitecore released their annual report showing record profits and revenue. Compared to last year (see our comment), revenue went up from DKK 56 million to DKK 79 million and profit increased  from DKK 20 million to 25 million. Sitecore has also grown from 120 to 160 employees worldwide.

For some […]

Sitecore winners of Web Idol at Aarhus 2009

By |November 9th, 2009|

Congratulations to the Sitecore team who defended the prestigious Web Idol competition in Aarhus at the J. Boye Conference last week and once again took home the enormous trophy.

Sitecore beat competing CMS vendors e-Spirit, Microsoft and Terminalfour as well as data migration vendor Kapow and video start-up 23.

Just like in 2008, it was a refreshing, […]

Who should be on your CMS shortlist?

By |August 12th, 2009|

Selecting the right CMS is not an easy task with; there is in excess of 1,000 vendors in the very dynamic CMS marketplace. Unfortunately industry analysts tend to evaluate too many vendors for the needs of most buyers. Consider CMS Watch which has 42 systems in their Web CMS Report and Gartner with 18 […]

New Sitecore version – why bother?

By |August 11th, 2009|

In June this year CMS vendor Sitecore proudly announced the release of version 6.1 branded using the enjoyable acronym OMS (Online Marketing Suite). The press release describes OMS as

(…) a breakthrough for organizations now able  to unify Web content management capabilities, Web analytics and marketing automation for greater customer engagement and personalization.

Informed buyers will find […]

Don’t buy licenses from your system integrator

By |May 20th, 2009|

This week I’ve talked to several members in our community of practice who were all of the impression that CMS licenses can only be bought from system integrators. This is undoubtedly in the interest of your system integrator, but for the vendors I cover, you can buy the software directly from the vendor as well. […]

Smart practitioners have harmless URLs

By |December 15th, 2008|

I’m not that technical, but I’m frustrated that the problem with harmful URLs doesn’t seem to want to go away. Microsoft’s very own Jon Udell started 2008 with a very well written comment on .aspx considered harmful, but .aspx is still the standard default used in most SharePoint 2007-driven public websites. Over at CMS Watch, […]