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Press Release

FOR RELEASE: 2011-11-13


Elina Glazer ()

Marketing Manager, Real Story Group

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Taxonomy Management Tools Replacing Spreadsheets for Enterprise Vocabularies

Real Story Group evaluation finds vendor diversity and immaturity

Boston, MA USA – Taxonomy management tools have become a key player in end-to-end architectures for tackling content organization challenges, but the tools vary substantially in approach, and the marketplace as a whole remains somewhat immature, according to The Real Story Group, an independent analyst firm that evaluates web and enterprise technologies.

As corporate requirements for search and content management have intensified, the market has grown for tools that help organizations create, administer, and publish semantic structures. The Real Story Group’s 16-page Advisory Paper evaluates the five most important taxonomy management vendors in the market:

• Smartlogic: Semaphore Ontology Manager
• Synaptica: Synaptica
• Access Innovations: Data Harmony Thesaurus Master
• TopQuadrant: TopBraid Enterprise Vocabulary Net
• Mondeca: Intelligent Topic Manager

The Real Story Group found that customers are increasingly looking to replace clunky spreadsheets to manage enterprise vocabularies, but often struggle to figure out the right option, since each vendor tackles the problem of taxonomy management from a different angle.

“Strengths and weaknesses vary widely, so what might be a great choice for a publisher that needs to manage a straightforward thesaurus will not be the best option for a pharmaceutical firm that needs to manage a complex drug ontology,” notes Real Story Group contributing analyst and principal Advisory Paper author, Stephanie Lemieux.

In addition to vendor strengths and weaknesses, The Real Story Group Advisory Paper also reviews product integration with Microsoft SharePoint – a key requirement for many organizations. “Most vendors are still figuring out how to support SharePoint-based applications,” says Real Story Group founder, Tony Byrne, adding, “It’s still a young marketplace, and buyers should proceed with caution.”


Real Story Group is a uniquely “buy side” analyst firm, working solely for solutions buyers and never for vendors.

We provide research and advisory services to help customers select and optimize the right digital workplace and marketing technologies. RSG evaluates Web Content & Experience Management, Digital Asset Management, ECM, Enterprise Collaboration, Portals, Office 365, CRM, CDPs, and Marketing Automation & Campaign/Lead Management Technologies.