Our first look at Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprises Content Management (ECM) showed a dynamic, growing ECM market populated by vendors that cover the full range functionality needed by enterprises to manage information. This becomes particularly apparent in the Niche Quadrant where there are 14 vendors that cover specific areas across the ECM spectrum.
MQ ECM 2013 Criteria
While the vendors that made it into the Leaders’ Quadrant came as no real surprise — EMC, Hyland Software, IBM, Microsoft, OpenText and Perceptive — there were some interesting products in the Niche space that make it worth taking a look at.
This year’s Niche Quadrant included the following vendors in alphabetical order:
Ever Team, Fabasoft, HP, Laserfiche, M-Files, Newgen, Objective, Siav, Saperion, Software Innovation, SpringCM, SunGard, Systemware, Unisys.
To be included in the Quadrant in the first place is quite a feat. For inclusion this year, vendors must:
- Show at least US$ 10 million in annual content management revenues
- Have a product footprint in at least two major regions
- Have ECM software available commercially and references that can vouch for that
- Produce a suite that supplies at least four components listed below:
- Document management
- Workflow/business process management (BPM)
- Imaging Processing Applications
- Records Management
- Web content management (WCM)
- Social content:
- Extended components
For the Niche Quadrant, vendors must also be able to demonstrate a focus on specific categories of ECM like transactional content, cater for midmarket buyers or supplement the business applications or IT stacks of the big vendors. Many are still only developing their ECM offerings, or serve certain regions, industries or functional domains.
That said it also contains some major vendors with established portfolios like HP, which made it into the Quadrant this year on the back of the Autonomy acquisition, or Laserfiche and SpringCM that have been successfully operating in the ECM space for years.
This all points to a future market that will be based on vendors that can respond to changing market conditions quickly, as opposed to the unwieldy giants that have been throwing their weight around for years.
However, that’s for the future — although not so far into the future — even if there are clear signs of that change already. For today, though, we will look at some of the vendors that make up the Niche Quadrant and, because there is so many, the remainder next week. Working from the beginning of the alphabet, then, today’s vendors are:
Based in France, Ever Team has a broad portfolio of products covering content lifecycle management. Catering mainly to midsize companies, its strategic focus is the Middle East. It recently formed a partnership with Konica Minolta.
- Strengths: It has an end-to-end solution that works well as a whole, along with easy-to-use APIs. Continues to grow its portfolio through organic development and scores high with clients for usability. It also comes with a wide range of connectors.
- Cautions: Still has a lot to do to grow market awareness. Depends on SharePoint for collaboration capabilities instead of developing native apps. Reference users say the administration interface needs improvement as it is too complex.
Based in Austria, Fabasoft shows steady growth in Central and Eastern Europe. It has a strong UI and places a lot of emphasis on user experience. It offers both cloud, on-premises and hybrid deployments.
- Strengths: Fabasoft continues to develop its offerings across case management, workflow and records management while building on its cloud and collaboration strengths. Its cloud offering is hosted in Europe and continuously gets positive reviews from clients. It has a fully developed "Cloud First" strategy.
- Cautions: Its growth is modest despite an attractive product range. Gartner says it is in transition and needs to push growth to remain successful. The channel outside Central Europe needs strengthening to enable continue growth and needs a broader sales channel, especially for growth in the US.
HP has entered the ECM space through the acquisition of Autonomy. Despite ongoing corporate problems relating to the deal, HP appears to be building up the Autonomy team and shows renewed commitment to the ECM space.
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