German consultancy firm iBusiness evaluated content management technology from
25 leading providers with a view to assess their future viability.
On average, the licensing and implementation costs associated with a CMS amount to a significant budget around 100,000 Euro, estimates the firm, for which buyers should expect at least long term product viability.
According to the study, the next couple of years will certainly bring CMS market shake-up including failures, mergers and exits.
iBusiness is rating products based on the following criteria:
Even if the CMS producer itself does not survive the next two years, it is possible, based on the high number of installations, that the product will continue to survive through a take-over or buyout, says the report.
Leaders in the area of numerous installations are providers such as Gauss, Scholl, Portunity and RedDot.
“One indicator of the "future viability" of a product, for example, can be deduced from the number of business partners and/or systems integrators that use a particular CMS product. Partners help to "distribute" the software and guarantee
support independently from the CMS vendor and become potential buyers of the product if the same vendor ever "goes away", says Oliver Missbachm editor of iBusiness.de.
The "number of business partners" is therefore the second most important criterion, which positively affects a company's overall rating, just behind "the number of installations".
The most future safe companies
1.RedDot (rating: 4,1)
2.Obtree (rating: 4,0)
3.Pironet (rating: 3,8)
4.Scholl (rating: 3,7)
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