Of course you've heard of the coveted Aragon Research Hot Vendors report, and only the most compelling new technologies or those leveraging cloud, mobile, content or video can pass muster. This year, Alfresco, MZinga, Accellion and SpringCM, among others, have been named in the second annual report.
Content Management and Collaboration
Aragon Research, created by former Gartner analysts Jim Lundy and Mike Anderson, has named 24 companies in its Hot Vendors report. They're broken down into four groups:
- Content Management and Collaboration
- Content Authoring
- Real time Collaboration and Communication
Alfresco, MZinga, Accellion and SpringCM all fall into the top two categories, with MZinga in the content authoring spot. Hot Vendors in the Content Management and Collaboration segment were chosed because they tackle some or all of the themes of cloud, ease of use, integration and security.
MZinga was named a Hot Vendor due to its authoring tools, and not its more well known social marketing and social learning tools, the report found.
Specifically, MZinga Publisher was singled out as a handy tool for publishing interactive learning courses. Games and assessments can be added to a course, so there is no need for a separate testing application, the report noted. Additionally, MZinga Publisher allows for multiple formats to be included like Application Simulation features from MZinga Firefly.
Aragon recommends companies research the kinds of integrated tools Mzinga builds as a way to speed up content development.
MZinga Publisher 6 debuted in April, and Aragon Research named them a Hot Vendor soon thereafter
Overall, Aragon recommends enterprises check out new ways to capture and share content, even to the point of using multiple tools. Anything that makes it easy and fast to create content, like tablets for example, should be looked at.
That's why companies like Brainshark were also named in the report. It makes it easy to create multimedia presentations hosted in the cloud, the report found, and its ability to add audio to PowerPoint and Apple Keynote presentations are an added bonus.
Brainshark's SlideShark tool was also singled out as an easy way to view PowerPoint slides on iPhones and iPads. The freemium product allows paying customers the ability to groupcast PowerPoint presentations online.
Vendors in the Mobile and Real time Collaboration and Communication segments included AnyPresence in the former, and FuzeBox and iSpeech in the latter.