Web CMS Industry Struggling to Adapt to Web 2.0, Survey Says

Mar 23, 2007

The latest semi-annual release of "The Web CMS Report" finds that, despite recent innovations in the marketplace, web content management vendors, and enterprise buyers alike are struggling to incorporate Web 2.0 features and interfaces into web publishing regimens. The Report was released by CMS Watch, an independent analyst firm that evaluates content technologies and strategies for prospective solutions buyers.

Research findings include: enterprises used to managing web content in authoritative repositories behind corporate firewalls are frequently hesitating to invest in additional Web CMS licensing and infrastructure to enable user-generated content at the webserver tier; many Web CMS vendors and open source projects are slowing down long-promised plans to create all-new, AJAX-powered interfaces amid difficulties in achieving cross-browser compatibility and reliable performance; many Web CMS vendors are adding blog, wiki, and "presence" applications to their packages, which offer the potential of a unified web publishing platform, but these new additions often pale in usability and functionality compared to best-of-breed competitors; and in addition to best-of-breed alternatives, buyers can often find Web 2.0 micro-applications in portal software and emerging social networking suites, giving enterprises multiple choices about where to seat these capabilities.

Vendors covered include Microsoft, EMC|Documentum, Interwoven, Vignette, Oracle / Stellent, IBM, Open Text / RedDot, WebSideStory, Day, Mediasurface, Serena, Tridion, CoreMedia, Percussion, FatWire, PaperThin, Ektron, CrownPeak, Alfresco, Typo3, Drupal, and Plone. The Report is available for purchase online from the CMS Watch website.