Content management systems are increasingly becoming back end “black box” content stores. This trend towards commoditization puts a decreasing importance on the system and an increasing importance on the ways in which the system capabilities are surfaced. There are several trends that I have observed and continue to see manifest though customer interactions, blog chatter and market awareness.
I am seeing a resurgence in portal fronted web applications. The difference between these and the all-or-nothing portals that were popular 5-10 years ago is that these that leverage rich ECM capabilities on the back end to provide versioning, document libraries, digital asset management, conversion, transcoding, workflow and other “rich” ECM features.
I am seeing WCM systems that are splitting into two camps –
1. Rich WCM that is fully integrated with and takes advantage of sophisticated ECM capabilities
2. Light-Weight WCM that is more like free public blogging software that is quick, cheap and easy but lacking sophistication of top-end systems.
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