Industry Consolidation Has Not Hurt Web CMS Software Vendors, According to Report

Sep 15, 2006


Despite continued industry consolidation, the latest semi-annual release of "The CMS Report" finds the web content management space crowded with players, including 30 viable, expanding vendors in both North America and Europe. Consolidation has not significantly reduced the universe of solid web CMS product choices, according to the latest edition of The CMS Report. The Report was released by CMS Watch, an independent analyst firm that evaluates content technologies and strategies for prospective solutions buyers.

Other Report findings include: the supplier community remains divided over "Web 2.0" features--like blogs, wikis, and ratings--amid uneven customer uptake. Some CMS vendors (e.g., Stellent, Ektron) have added these modules to their products, while others (e.g., Vignette, Interwoven) avoid them entirely or turn to channel partners to build specific applications in the field; the line between web content management systems and enterprise portals is beginning to blur again after the two product segments diverged earlier this decade. With customer demand for greater interactivity, more CMS products are adding portal-like features. And vice-versa: portal vendors are trying to remove the need for a separate investment in CMS products; and European vendors continue to expand aggressively in North America. Sitecore, Tridion, and Mediasurface have followed Day and RedDot into a large American market where no single vendor dominates.