A client with several years of CMS experience recently she pointed out that she thought that CMS products we were going through a revolution. I had to agree, over the last couple of years we have seen major changes in the CMS world. Some of the facets of the “revolution” include:

  • old CMS products we grew to love and hate have been acquired, all the large independent players (Vignette, Stellent, Interwoven) have now been acquired, opening the way for new entrants into the market
  • online communities are more important than vendor viability. Proprietary vendors now realising the importance of developing communities, encouring their products to be discussed openly online warts and all! This kind of information wasn’t readily available thanks to vendors wanting to control “the message”.
  • open source and SaaS are now being seriously considered alongside purchasing licenses for proprietary systems. Historically decisions about Open Source were made at the outset, rather than being largely irrelevant.
  • ease of use is king. You no longer have to go on several days of training to grapple with clunky interfaces in order to manage your content, some content management functions can be performed without any training at all!
  • You get more for less. Prices for licensed software have come down providing CMS buyers with more functionality that ever before for less.
  • Downloading and try software. Some vendors allow you to try their software for free, and not demand several days consultancy services to come in and install the system.
  • the rise of social media, means that products are fundamentally being rearchitected from where the content management is performed on the back end as well on the front end.

I’m sure there are more aspects to the revolution that I’ve missed that you will come up with. I ran the idea of a CMS revolution past Tony Byrne who partly agreed with me! So what are your thoughts, are we in a CMS revolution or is CMS software as bad as ever?