[Updated 11/10/2008 in order to make Gartner, Inc. happier, or at least less angry.]
One thing about writing entries on public transportation, no Internet. This make is tough to refer to web sites that haven’t been opened and cached. As a result, today (I’m optimistic, so I’m not saying “this week”) brings you Gartner, Inc.’s 2008 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management review. Released on September 23, 2008, the biggest surprise was the number of vendors that didn’t hype it.
An important note from Gartner, Inc., Gartner advises readers not to compare the placement of vendors from last year to this year. With that in mind, since I’m human, here is a link to my post about last year’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management titled, The ECM Magic Quadrant, for reference.
Enter Open Source
Before we get to the chart, there are two big developments to take note of this year. The biggest is the inclusion of Alfresco. That’s right, an open source vendor has arrived. They are listed categorized as a niche player so far in this report. Considering limited, but growing, adoption and their evolving product, that is understandable. I think that their vision got dinged because they have been taking a stronger collaboration (read Enterprise 2.0) tack as of late, but that is just conjecture.
I think they may be selling Alfresco short, but marketplace adoption and confidence is a factor in this study. It will be interesting to see how the perception, and reality, evolves over the next year.
Other open source vendors will be slow in appearing here as Records Management is considered a core requirement to be in the chart report. I agree with this, but I may set the bar lower for compliance than Gartner, Inc. does as I think basic retention policies are all that is required.