This week, we release a new Version 10 of our ECM research. It's a major release and you'll find a lot that's new. Below, I highlight the key changes:
New category of vendors
We now define two categories in the Enterprise Content Management (ECM). These are:
- ECM/DM vendors who provide a wide range of services around document and enterprise content management
- Cloud-based File Sharing & Sync (CFS) vendors that offer cloud-based services for lightweight document management, collaboration, sharing, and sync services
The latter is a new category. Popularized by consumer-oriented services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and so forth, vendors such as Box.com and Syncplicity (now part of EMC) can provide broad services for cloud-based file sharing, sync, offline work, and lightweight collaboration for enterprises.
At first blush, it would appear they are two separate marketplaces. However, we’ve found out from our research that there is considerable overlap of services between these Cloud-based File Sharing (CFS) vendors and ECM vendors.
And so, we've renamed our set of evaluations to "ECM and Cloud FileSharing Report."
New Evaluation Scenarios
We revisited our crucial vendor evaluation scenarios and simplified them, to make it easier to compare vendor "fit" across business cases. In particular, we dropped a few scenarios and clarified several others.
New Functional and Technical Evaluation Criteria
Just like scenarios, we also refreshed our evaluation criteria. Specifically for functional criteria, we have added sections on Mobile Access as well as File Sync & Sharing services. For technical criteria, we have added a new section on Cloud Services.
And then you'll all new evaluations of individual vendors. For now, we have updated all the ECM vendors and incorporated existing research CFS vendors.
You can download a sample here.