Component Content Management (CCM), the technology that allows enterprises to manage content as componentized chunks of information rather than docs or webpages, has just expanded. Generally being a domain of small, niche software vendors, CCM is now welcoming ECM vendors and large digital publishing companies with open arms. The expansion not only brings companies of various sizes together, it also potentially brings XML to the masses.

"Component content management has traditionally been the purview of the technical industry, but increasingly organizations are adopting DITA and CCM to create sales and marketing, policies and procedures, and regulatory material," notes Ann Rockley, lead analyst for The XML & Component Content Management Report 2009.

Some key points found in the report:

  • IBM is building a strategic presence witnessed by its recent integration of DITA with IBM FileNet Content Manager in partnership with Quark XML Author
  • Microsoft has signaled an interest in the space with the promotion of Intelligent Content Framework
  • Open Source options are now available through Alfresco via DocZone and Componize
  • Adobe and Quark have moved publishing from technical XSL-FO (XML formatting language) to high end digital media delivery
  • EMC and Mark Logic have taken content retrieval to new levels with intelligent XQuery and dynamic delivery

As Analyst Alan Pelz-Sharpe puts it, “The involvement of enterprise focused vendors is bringing about a profound change, and buyers of XML/CCM technology will need to review their own strategies accordingly.”