KMWorld (news, site) has dropped its list of Trend Setting companies for 2009 and there are more than a few familar faces making the list.

This list has been coming out since 2003 and according to KMWorld, although the judges have changed over the years, the qualifications required to make the list have not.

The list for 2009 has 130 products on it, "the solutions that best exemplify the spirit of innovation demanded by the current economy, while providing their customers with the unique tools and capabilities to move and grow beyond the recession".

We won't cover them all, you can do that on the KMWorld website. But here are a few that you will know well:

Enterprise Content Management

With SDL's acquisition of XyEnterprise, will we see new and exciting things from this component content management solution next year?

As for Open Text, it's not surprising to see them make the list. Dion Hinchcliffe did say their social media solution was really good. And it will be interesting to see how the Vignette/Web Solutions battle finally nets out.

  • Open Text: Open Text ECM Suite
  • SDL XySoft (formerly XyEnterprise): LiveContent

Web Content Management

Lots of variety in the web content management list. With the exception of Alterian and Sitecore, all are included on Forrester's list for Web Content Management for External Site. Sitecore just recently launched their new Online Marketing Suite and Alterian's plans for Content Manager are in the works.

  • SDL Tridion: SDL Tridion 2009
  • Alterian - Content Manager
  • Day Software: Day CQ5 V. 5.2
  • FatWire: Web Experience Management (WEM) Suite
  • Sitecore: Online Marketing Suite

Document Management

There are a lot of document management solutions on the market today. Some are offered as on premise or SaaS, like SpringCM and MOSS (which we loosely categorize as document management), others are pure SaaS, like Xythos.

iDatix made the list last year, thanks to its iLink solution, an application integration platform.

  • iDatix: iSynergy
  • Microsoft: MOSS
  • SpringCM: SpringCM On-Demand Platform
  • Xythos: Xythos Enterprise Document Management Suite

Enterprise Search

We recently had an opportunity to learn more about Attivo, which is really not a search solution exactly. We'll be offering you insight into this new solution soon.

Of course we all know Autonomy's IDOL server and how it's integrated with the Autonomy Interwoven suite.

  • Attivio: Attivio Active Intelligence Engine
  • Autonomy: Intelligent Data Operating Layer (IDOL) Server
  • Coveo: Coveo Enterprise Search
  • Lucid Imagination: LucidWorks

Social Computing

Again, no surprises here for social computing. The only thing we would ask is where is MindTouch and Telligent? MindTouch because its platform is so different from all the others, and Telligent for its Social Analytics.

  • Jive Software: Jive Social Business Software (SBS)
  • NewsGator: Social Sites Professional
  • Socialtext: Enterprise 2.0 by Socialtext


EMC just acquired Kazeon, so that may affect their standing on the list next year, but being a trend setting product is certainly a pointer to why EMC wanted the eDiscovery solution provider.

  • CaseCentral: CaseCentral Early Case Assessment
  • EMC: SourceOne Suite
  • Kazeon: Information Server Data Center Edition
  • Recommind: Axcelerate eDiscovery

Digital Asset Management

North Plains had a good year in 2008 and things have been looking good for this year as they expand into Europe and begin offering a SaaS or on premise Video Manager.

  • North Plains: TeleScope
  • Nstein: DAM 4.0

KMWorld says companies on this list aren't the only trend setters for 2009. Who do you think they missed?