Earlier today Bob Tarzey published an article on www.vnunet.com entitled, "Now is the Summer of Content". I reviewed this earlier and have come back to it later today. I'd like to offer another (if slightly more creative) title for an article on the state of CMS. Mine is "Now is the Medieval Age of Content Management". To support this, let me pose a question. Have you ever been to Luxembourg? If you're from other, bigger places, Luxembourg is a small place. It is however a place. It is a state and it has been a measurable force behind what is now the European Community. If you've ever been to Luxembourg, it is one of the more stunning reminders of medieval times and also, as summarized well in a guide book I once read, "most suprising in that it exists at all". Bordered by much, much larger and historically quite militarily capable and active neighbors, the existence of the modern state of Luxembourg is in short, an anomaly. So what has this to do with the state of CMS today? At this point in my meanderings I should probably clarify. We have approximately 4 tiers in the CMS market. There are roughly 260 CMS products. And the pace of innovation (new products) is outpacing the pace of acquisition. From a perspective of market share and vendor options, we are in a medieval time. To slip back to creative mode, we have a multitude of rival duchies and very few kingdoms. A few of these duchies will grow up to be Luxembourgs, a few will become Acquitaines, and most will just quietly disappear. The CMS market place is presently one of the most dynamic areas of IT. Content, and the management, publishing, and relevancy of it are central issues to many organizations. There are many interpretations of what CMS is and as many different business problems to be solved. One or a few products are not going to solve all these problems and certainly the ones that do it best will not be affordable for the broad SMB market. We will eventually see the familiar trends of consolidation in this space, but I believe that given the broad demand and relatively disparate business problems that must be addressed, this consolidation will take a number of years to manifest fully. Read Now is the summer of content.