Here we are on the brink of the night before Christmas, if that's your kind of thing. And this time we're indulging ourselves by shuttering the shop from now until the first Monday of 2010.
For us it's reflection season. In that spirit we've cooked up a concise retrospective of 2009, including items our readers took particular interest in, and some things we found generally interesting.
Without further ado we leave you to some holiday reading. May the end of 2009 treat you and yours well.
Enterprise CMS Highlights
It was largely business as usual in the ECM sector this year, with a few notable exceptions.
- SDL's acquisition of XyEnterprise made sense.
- But it was Autonomy's acquisition of Interwoven that was the most talked about.
- That is until Open Text's acquired Vignette -- although many suspected Vignette was on the market.
- In November Forrester fingered EMC, IBM, Microsoft, Open Text and Oracle as the leaders in their Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management while Autonomy, Day Software, Alfresco and SpringCM were placed in the visionaries box.
- In early Q4 at Open World Oracle announced plans to integrate their enterprise Applications with their ECM document services. Details were slim, so we'll have to look for more facts there in 2010.
Beyond acquisition activity, open source players stepped up their game and look to be positioned well for some 2010 combat.
- Alfresco got more attention from analysts and chalked-up an important DoD certification. Adobe and Alfresco continued to work together on Adobe's LiveCycle Enterprise Suite. The company also made strides with their cloud offering via a partnership with RightScale.
- Paris-based Nuxeo launched US operations in the ever popular Boston area, added Digital Asset Management (DAM) to their offering and hired Cheryl McKinnon -- previously of Open Text -- to run global marketing programs.
- The DoD was on our radar again as it voiced support for open source software in the procurement process, in the form of a DoD memo.
SharePoint in the Limelight (still)
- SharePoint remained so dominant that vendors big and small rushed to build integrations and connectors. All year long people found the topic of Web Content Management with SharePoint intriguing. However, we heard more about frustrations than successes.
- The anticipation and early previews of SharePoint 2010 dominated the annual (and sold out) SharePoint Conference 2009. The event brought tidbits for technical administrators, covered the 2010 upgrade plans, and spurred partners to announce support for the product.
- For project managers, Dux Raymond Sy wrote up a brief on project management with SharePoint 2010. He followed up this article with a two-part treatise on why SharePoint ignorance is not bliss.
- The SharePoint 2010 beta was released this past November. And Microsoft -- ever keen on inspiring upgrades and enabling the partner channel -- followed up this month with the launch of an official SharePoint 2010 upgrade service offering.
- Yet despite progress in the field, many organizations still struggle to go beyond using SharePoint as a file sharing service. Still, dear Steve Ballmer's confidence is higher than ever. He even described how SharePoint is like the PC.
Web CMS a Super Dynamic Space
Perhaps it's been web content management that has seen the most change this year: