Major forces are buffeting the Web Content & Experience Management (WCM) marketplace, and key vendors and open source players are tacking in different directions in response. Some players are expanding functional scope, others are narrowing their focus, while others simply sail on like it's still the good old days.
Against this backdrop, RSG has updated its tough evaluations of eleven key WCM solutions (version 23.1 of the report, if you're keeping track from home).
Adobe licensees have suffered from meandering product management around the AEM suite over the past few years, but AEM Sites remains a key player and lands on many short lists (you can read our evaluation of Adobe's WCM offering as a complimentary sample).
Perfect Sense Digital's BrightSpot continues to move upmarket on the promise of it's ultra-modern (if developer-intensive) platform; the next few years present a major test: will a true ecosystem coalesce?
Coremedia continues to exhibit promising vision, but it remains unclear if the vendor can scale their strategy effectively beyond ecommerce use cases.
Crafter remains the last plausible option to bolting a WCM layer on top of the Alfresco ECM repository, but that rationale dwindles with each passing year.
The former Hippo enterprise edition (now "BloomReach DXP") becomes a riskier — albeit more focused — play under new owners.
Joomla! can boast new leadership and some promising initiative, but we wonder if it's enough to reverse the community's strategic decline.
Magnolia has found a quirky if promising niche as a kind of "Adobe Lite."
OpenText TeamSite...what else can we say? You can still purchase maintenance and support.
Plone soldiers on as the most venerable Python-based CMS platform, but we are seeing community energy shift to non-Zope platforms like Django.
Typo3 remains a much-needed, simpler alternative to Drupal, but its comparatively limited geographic reach seems to keep it from hitting a critical mass globally.
WordPress can claim the greatest marketshare, though at some point the community must still confront the serious hacker-vs-enterprise divide (as Drupal has already done).
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