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Report: U.S. CMS Market to Explode due to Open Source

That is a conclusion Basex, an analyst and research firm, came to in a (at times, admittedly questionable) report entitled Content Management Systems: The New Math for Selecting Your Platform released in September 2009.

The researchers are saying the content management market is set to explode in the next several years, and open source CMS vendors are contributing to this growth, as well as to how customers are changing their CMS selection processes. Let’s take a look at details — some of them you may find quite amusing.

Basex estimates that the U.S. market for content management reached about US$ 4.1 billion in revenue in 2008. By 2014, it should jump to US$ 10 billion.

Basex says that Alfresco and Bluenog are “leading the charge” in the commercial open source market. Umm, many may not agree with this stance. What about players like Nuxeo and Acquia? If we were to judge market leadership by the number of customers and license deal sizes mentioned in this report, the math wouldn’t be the same. But let’s go on.

Then the research firm adds that “Fortunately, it’s gotten simpler to find the right [CMS] tool.” Umm, really? We do like this wording (found in the same report) better: “Choosing the right content management system is far from straight forward.”

Breakdown of CMS vendors into tiers in this report is slightly unconventional with Microsoft ECM and SharePoint sitting right next to Percussion and Alterian. Not to mention the lack of clear differentiation between on-the-premise and hosted/SaaS vendors. One would imagine this distinction would be of importance to many organizations selecting a CMS.

Leaving out DotNetNuke and eZ Publish from commercial open source CMS vendors seems like a significant omission. Some would argue Basex putting Bluenog in the commercial open source box – actually, we’ve heard that debate before – with its technology mix of proprietary code, Apache and other open source software.

While the report is profiling 16 CMS vendor, the most mentions seem to be given to Bluenog and Alfresco (approximately twice as many, compared to other open source or proprietary CMS vendors). If in fact, certain vendors were involved in the makings of the report as underwriters, it would be nice to disclose that.

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6 thoughts on “Report: U.S. CMS Market to Explode due to Open Source

  1. brian mickaleson says:

    Always great that an analyst shows that a report has been bought. Only the price paid to Basex is not revealed 😉

    I love the link in which is showed that Bluenog is just the software of Hippo licensed in a (closed source) box.

    great work, Irina!

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  3. Is there, in fact, any rationale given for the fact that out of only 16 systems, Bluenog is one? There’s an endless list of even fairly obscure open source CMSs that have more traction in the market than Bluenog does… Of course, while most of those systems are used much more often, few of them are backed by VCs and even fewer have hired PR firms. (Like Bluenog is.)

    If Bluenog has sponsored the report, and neither Basex nor Bluenog disclose this, I must say it reflects rather badly on both.

    But then again, you’ve already pointed that out Irina 🙂

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